HOW TO WIN ARGUMENTS – APPEAL TO THE VALUES YOU SHARE – DON’T JUST SHOUT YOUR CONFIDENCE

Winning legal arguments is one of the more important responsibilities of a Clearwater criminal defense lawyer so a new study showing that the louder one is while making an argument the more believable that argument becomes couldn’t help but make me want to argue with the results.
Appeal to core values of Americans such as the four freedoms of Rockwell is the best way to win legal arguments in front of Tampa Bay criminal judges and juries.

First, let’s look at the study from press reports, then we’ll find and loudly frame the best arguments against it. The study examined tweets during the Super Bowl. Accuracy was found to be less important in attracting followers and gaining influence than confidence. In fact louder, bolder and more exciting tweets which later proved to be inaccurate were more popular and influential.

So based on this study would a reasonable person raise his voice to win an argument? Another study cited in the same news account noted that 40% of tweets are “pointless babble” whether shouted or not. Pointless babble is the opposite of a well framed argument in that an argument at it’s core is a difference of opinion so to have an argument first one must have an opinion which is directly adverse to another’s opinion.

Does shouting work? Sometimes, but many lawyers abuse the notion by shouting everything when a whisper would be more effective in winning listeners to your cause. I’ve seen at least one lawyer, slightly deaf perhaps, who shouts his arguments to juries and judges with less than stellar results. 

My advice for that attorney would be to begin with a whisper, raising it to a heavier than normal tone, then much later for a few moments let it rip in righteous indignation on the one lever of fact that points to innocence and return to the whisper. Why? Because it adds interest, context and variety making it much more likely that the judge and jurors are actually listening. It’s more than shouting confidence, excellent criminal trial lawyers share winning qualities.

The best results not only in the courtroom but in any argument comes from basing your argument on an appeal to the highest principle which everyone can agree is correct, then connecting your arguments to that higher principle. As a Clearwater criminal lawyer I’ve found that the best results come from being confident that the principles I’m fighting for are shared American values including, equality, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, the common good, truth, fairness and justice. These core American values win legal arguments in Tampa Bay courtrooms when clients are confronting the criminal justice system in Tampa Bay, Florida.



MORE THAN CONFIDENCE & COMMITMENT: WINNING QUALITIES OF EXCELLENT CRIMINAL TRIAL LAWYERS

Years ago, skipping school, I spent hours one rainy week watching a broken former State Senator defend a murder case. Rumor was he’d stolen money. People said he’d become a drunk. 
The Defense Lawyer from to kill a Mockingbird is remembered as being one of the great trial lawyer even though he lost the case.
Yet I’ll never forget that majestic old Florida courtroom of wood, marble and high ceilings and the people who worked there. 
There was the deep voiced stern but fair Judge, the somber Prosecutor dressed for a funeral pecking away at evidence like a crow and that Southern Defense lawyer, all charm, smiles and sunshine in his white seersucker suit. Who would win?

It rained all week until the defense lawyer rose to give his final argument, when as if by the magic of his will the rain stumbled to a stop as sunlight filtered into the courtroom sheltering his client from a guilty verdict.

Even today your favorite Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney occasionally, often unexpectedly, finds a lawyer rise to the occasion teaching every other lawyer watching how to be an excellent advocate.

At least one legal publication notes that the best lawyers are excellent story tellers. Here’s an excerpt from the American Bar Association Journal :

“A great story is like a well-crafted joke—deliciously brief, immediately memorable, eminently repeatable and virtually impossible to dismiss.” —Kenneth Albers, actor and director
Lawyers who want to become effective communicators must understand that stories are at the heart of how people think, learn, exchange ideas and struggle to understand the world around them.

Good stories are not just snapshots of isolated events. Stories deal with the interrelationships that show how people think and how the world works. Stories are at the very heart of what the law is all about.


Besides the ability to present great stories, here some characteristics of the best trial attorneys, who battle for their criminal clients in Courtrooms across America and Tampa Bay, Florida.

  • Belief. The Best lawyers can make excellent arguments because they believe in them.
  • Confidence. Every courtroom battle includes setbacks. Great lawyers keep cool and confident no matter how many times they’re slapped down.
  • Commitment. Being fully committed to the goal of finding the best possible solution for the client.
  • Compassion. Having empathy with the client, but also with everyone involved including law enforcement officers, the witnesses, the court reporter, the bailiffs, the Judge and the Prosecutor.
  • Experience. Knowing what to do when comes by having dealt with many problems in the past with success.
  • Enthusiasm. It’s catching. It’s not enough to just believe in finding the best results it’s important to sweep others into believing and that comes with enthusiasm. 
Good advocates at trial also have a knack for knowing what the Judge and Jury is thinking. Maybe that’s because they have Judge Posner’s book How Judge’s Think tucked inside their briefcases. 
And it doesn’t hurt toward the end of a hard fought criminal jury trial for a Tampa Bay criminal lawyer to spin a little magic by turning the rain into sunshine.