The last thing you want to see when facing a judge is a stressed out attorney. If your Salt Lake City DUI attorney is visibly stressed, then you know something is about to go horribly wrong. There must be a fair amount of stress management or acting skill added to legal school curriculum. As much as doctors emphasize pain management, a good attorney has to apply a constant poker face and employ good stress management techniques. Otherwise, their state of being has the potential to set of a volatile chain of reaction within their client that could make them more prone to outbursts or crying, neither of which is necessarily helpful in a courtroom.
Of course, if you look at lawyer shows that are commonly shown on television, half of their skill is portrayed through acting ability. How often do you see the lawyer win because they were able to psyche out their opponent, pull a bluff, or parade some sort of outburst that was really a method to manipulate the witness. It is shown quite often. I’d venture to guess that if a lawyer did this in real life, they would be thrown out of the courtroom, and maybe give their client a few heart palpitations in the process.
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