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September/October 2003 , Page 34 

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Don't do that!

By Cheryl D. Stein, Elizabeth Kelley

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How to avoid the most common mistakes made by defense lawyers

Last month Bill Whitaker provided excellent advice on how to begin your relationship with your client (The Champion, August 2003), correctly reminding us all that the right start is the essential foundation for constructing the best possible defense. Having made that good start, however, we must remain vigilant and continue to take the time and make the hard choices necessary to maintaining that high-quality defense. Over the 20-plus years that I have been a criminal defense lawyer, I have seen certain recurrent mistakes that are made by even the most able and dedicated of our colleagues. This article will describe four of these commonly made errors in the hope of helping you to avoid them.  

Do not attempt to deny the undeniable or defend the indefensible

I think that this is the most common mistake made by defense lawyers. The urge is understandable, given that it is our job to defend. When conf

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