A trial attorney is a mix of professional fighter, chess player, legal tactician, and diplomat. A trial attorney must have passion for justice and never compromise his clients liberty out of fear or intimidation of the Judge, the Prosecution, or Law Enforcement. A true trial lawyer must know the evidence code and prepare the case with honest and experienced investigators. Often a trial requires expert research into proper updated and applicable Jury instructions as well as voluminous legal motions which will protect the client in every single applicable issue of importance in the case. Most of the battle is won before the trial. Preparation, preparation, preparation. However, this is not enough; one must have training and experience and tactical awareness of the courtroom. This means knowing when, why, and how to object to prosecutorial misconduct. Sometimes it is best to not object, however this awareness requires tactical in the moment decision making; and this requires knowledge of the case, seeing the big picture, experience and on the spot thinking. Justice should be the relentless, fearless, and intelligent pursuit of fundamental fairness. Trial is simply an aspect of war, the other side does not play fair, and the deck is stacked against you. The greatest justice in our country comes not from judges but a JURY, and often all you have is hopefully and honest, prepared, and passionate defense attorney. Research the attorney you hire and get personal references.
If you or a loved one have been arrested or accused of criminal misconduct it is extremely important that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. Irrespective of what you have been told by the police, the government’s case against you may not be very strong. In many cases the police will attempt to cure shortcomings in its investigation by tricking you into providing incriminating responses to directed and leading questions. The police may pretend to be on your side and tell you that the only way you can help yourself is to cooperate in their investigation and tell them what they want to hear. Alternatively, the police may threaten you with severe punishment and imply that they have control over your fate in order to coerce incriminating statements necessary to supplant missing links in their investigations. Before speaking with the police, prosecuting attorneys, investigators or anyone else about your case it is important to speak with an experienced criminal lawyer who can assess your case and begin implementing a successful trial strategy. It may be necessary to interview witnesses and secure testimony before the police are able to direct and spin it to serve their own interests.
It is not only important to hire a criminal defense lawyer to handle your case as soon as possible, but it is equally important to hire an attorney who knows how to best protect your rights. The United States Constitution affords criminal defendants with the greatest degree of protections existing in law. Those rights are meaningless if your attorney doesn’t know how to protect them in light of the relevant facts and circumstances underlying your specific case. Any attorney can publish a webpage and put up billboards all over town proclaiming that they are the best criminal defense lawyer money can buy. Some of these attorneys would not be able to provide a prospective client with a single case to support their claims, but a trusting client may not learn of the attorney’s deficiencies until it is too late and they have been persuaded to accept a plea deal they never should have accepted.
Mr. Routsis’s record speaks for itself. The featured cases section of this website contains numerous newspaper articles and documents evidencing that Mr. Routsis has successfully represented clients in eight homicide cases. Mr. Routsis provides each client with the same tireless effort and relentless representation that he believes everyone deserves regardless of their socioeconomic status. Mr. Routsis genuinely cares about each and every client and works as hard as he can to safeguard every legal right enjoyed by them while fighting the government’s case.
William Routsis’s trial experience in both California and Nevada ranges from misdemeanor offenses such as possession of marijuana and criminal trespass to felony offenses such as murder and drug trafficking in both state and federal courts. His trial successes in Homicide cases may be unparalleled in this country; he has had eight homicide trials without one conviction and all his clients were set free.
Unfortunately in the criminal justice system as in many aspects of society those with power and money care more for power and money than “justice”. In almost every major trial I have been involved in law enforcement has either committed perjury or slanted the facts to assist the prosecution in achieving a conviction. This may sound farfetched or perhaps jaded, however it is not. Forensic experts utilized by the District Attorney’s Offices are many times incompetent and corrupt. A true and honorable expert and Law Enforcement officer will not slant, interpret, or shade one word to favor the State or the prosecution. Sadly this is simply not reality.
If you have been accused or charged of a crime, by hiring William J. Routsis II you can be rest assured that when your case is over you received the highest quality representation possible and that each and every issue in your case was explored and litigated to the fullest extent possible.