The law is complex. It is something the average person does not always understand. If you find yourself facing criminal charges, it is vital that you have legal representation. Your Wisconsin attorney may do many things to aid you as you go to court and navigate the legal system. An attorney acts as your guide and helps you to understand the charges against you.

The American Bar Association explains that a defense attorney has multiple duties and responsibilities. In addition, he or she owes you an effective defense. If your attorney does not carry out these responsibilities properly, he or she could face disciplinary action. Even worse, if your attorney is not providing you with effective council, it could hurt your case. That is why it is important to know what duties your defense attorney has.


Since he or she works for you, your defense attorney must show you loyalty and always do what is in your best interests. This includes providing you with legal opinions and advice as you make decisions about your case. He or she must also keep communication open with you, letting you know of developments, concerns or changes in your case.

Your attorney must do whatever work is necessary to offer you a proper defense against the charges. This includes evaluating evidence, helping you to consider consequences for decisions and being open to negotiations with the prosecutor. He or she must continuously assess your case as things occur, such as the prosecutor introducing new evidence or a new witness.

It is also essential that he or she keeps anything said between the two of you confidential. In addition, your attorney must work hard for you in and out of court defending you against the charges and helping to ensure fairness. Of course, your attorney cannot do anything that would break the law or the rules of the court while defending you, so there may be times when he or she has to choose between duties to you and responsibilities to the court.

Acting as a defense attorney is not always easy. Attorneys have the job of being a servant of the court but also an advocate for you. Your attorney must find that balance so that he or she may provide you with good service.