The State has the obligation to present the evidence. Defense counsel need present nothing, even if he knows what the truth is. He need not furnish any witnesses to the police, or reveal any confidences of his client, or furnish any other information to help the prosecution’s case. If he can confuse a witness, even a truthful one, or make him appear at a disadvantage, unsure or indecisive, that will be his normal course. Our interest in not convicting the innocent permits counsel to put the State to its proof, to put the State’s case in the worst possible light, regardless of what he thinks or knows to be the truth.
Make no mistake, if you are charged with a serious crime you need someone who will fight for you. Whether you did it or not, you have an enormous arsenal of rights that you can bring to bear when some lawyer employed by a district attorney’s office or a U.S. Attorney’s office claims you committed a crime.
But it takes more than someone who “knows the law” to bring these rights to bear…. The law books are chock full of cases where prosecutors have hidden evidence, law enforcement officers have misrepresented facts, and judges have made erroneous rulings, and these people can be quite happy to tell each other, you, your lawyer and your jury what they think they need to tell them to convict you. You need a lawyer who will professionally but forcefully insure that you enjoy the benefits of the law, challenge “the evidence”, and refuse to be intimidated by the system.
If there is one thing to remember about the search for truth and your need for forceful representation in the American criminal justice system, it is this observation from the justices of our own U.S. Supreme Court, justices who review countless criminal cases every year:
Power is a heady thing; and history shows that the police acting on their own cannot be trusted.
*McDonald v. United States, 335 U.S. 451, 445-456, 69 S.Ct. 191, 193, 93 L.Ed. 153 (1948).
You literally saved my life.
I’ll tell you now like I did in the court room, you literally saved my life and I appreciate everything. My Mom has worked as a secretary/receptionist in a law office and she told me that you did more for me as a court-appointed attorney than the high-priced guys she worked for did for their clients.
Best Attorney Ever
Don Haslam attacks your case like it’s life and death. He follows through every step of the way. I never worried whether he was working on my case. He kept me informed all the way. He even followed up after the case was closed to make sure everything was going as expected. Bottom line, he won my case and if you want to win, Don Haslam is your man.
An epic win.
My now husband, John Guerrera & myself, think you are very talented in your profession & my case with Walmart, was an epic win & I’m sure ruffled a few feathers with the State, lol! I am sure it was talked about and probably still is for a long time to come 🙂 ….. Thanks again for everything you did for me!!! You are amazing sir!
To whom it may concern
To whom it may concern: My name is Joe D. Winton. I have been incarcerated for 30 years and was just recently released and placed on parole. One of the requirements of that parole was to obtain a special drivers license for sex offenders. I obtained a drivers license, however due to various distractions, I failed to obtain the special license for sex offenders. I was promptly arrested and jailed for “failure to register” which is a 2nd degree felony for me and carried a 2 to 20 year sentence. My family hired G. Donald Haslom, Attorney at Law to represent me and represent me he did!! I firmly believe that had Mr. Haslom not represented me at trial, I would not be sitting here at home at this time writing this. I believe that Lamar County would have sent me back to prison and was on a mission to do so. I can’t emphasize enough what it meant to have Mr. Haslam sitting next to me in court, and to be honest, a most hostile environment. His presence was the most reassurance I’ve felt in years with him there. I felt that at least I had someone on my side with enough knowledge and experience to bring me through the storm that was raging around me. My confidence in Mr. Haslam as legal representation is emphatically 100% and if I am ever in another situation that needs his services, he will be at my side again. I was acquitted of any and all charges against me in a court of law. If you are in need of legal representation, I strongly urge you to consider G. Donald Haslom. He is most definitely your man.
Very understanding and helpful.
He is a great lawyer. Very understanding, helpful. He did a great job with my case. He worked a great deal with the district attorney and got a felony distribution reduced to misdemeanor deferred with no reporting.
What a great lawyer!
What a great lawyer! Donald Haslam was a blessing to my entire family during several months of back-to-back court hearings in a family law case involving my son. He was by far the most organized and communicative lawyer I’ve ever met. He made sure we stayed on top of everything ultimately winning custody of my son.
I just want to thank you so very much for what you did for my son Jerry Crabb. Until you have walked in my shoes you’ll never know how much what you have done means to me.
Best lawyer I ever had.
I was in jail not even 48 hrs and had been visited by Mr Haslam, and for this specific case I had already had 3 attorneys and none of them seemed to be able to help my case. But Mr. Haslam got my 2nd class felony dismissed. I didn’t even have to show up to court. And even when I was out of jail and after my court date he would check to see how I was doing. And give me legal advice. Best lawyer I’ve ever had.
He got all the evidence I needed.
He got my felony dropped down to a class C misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. I got 3 months deferred probation no reporting and pay $200.00 restitution. Mr. Haslam is really good he will get all evidence that there is to get, which means even if you have police body cams he makes sure he got everything.
Well worth his fee!
Wow!! Don Haslam is an awesome attorney. Arrogant, conceited, and proud. But, a Pit-Bull in court. Treated my mother with the utmost respect, but went after the State’s witnesses with extreme aggression. Well worth his fee!
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