Do you like being beaten up? Do you like your client being killed? If so, Space Law is the way forward.
Before you begin. There are three things to know. Your client is an idiot and probably guilty. The prosecution is an idiot and has most likely never prosecuted before. The judge is an idiot and is probably unqualified and therefore easily persuaded.
What to Do When Your Client is Arrested!
As soon as security calls in a client has been apprehended, you will want to broadcast a message on the station channel: “I am representing *clients name* I will meet you at the security offices where the client is being detained. *clients name* say No Comment to everything, you have the right to remain silent and you do not have to talk without a lawyer present. At this point, the prosecution will mostly realise they are screwed.
You will get a chance to briefly talk with your client before you talk to Security about the alleged crimes. Tell them to say no comment to everything. Any evidence gathered by audio recording without you present is invalid and inadmissible in court, so if your client has messed up that’s fine.
The Arrest: Talk with both Security and your client about the arrest.
The questions you should ask Security:
Why was my client arrested?
What was my client doing during the arrest?
Did you follow due process?
Did you read them their rights on arrest?
Due process is bringing the suspect in with minimum force required. Using handcuffs to restrain and being as respectful as possible. They need to tell your client they are going to search them before doing so. They can then rifle through the belongings and get their fingerprints and fibers all over everything if they are incompetent.
If the officers failed to read your client their rights, you can move that they acted inappropriately in court. You can also state that they have incarcerated your client unlawfully.
The questions you should ask the client:
Did the officers read you your rights?
Did the officers assault you?
Did the officers strip you in public?
Did the officers ask before they went through your belongings?
This information will hopefully help prove that the officers most likely had no idea how to arrest your client, potentially have unlawfully detained them and have committed an act of violent assault against your client. However it is not your job to prosecute them! You use this information to prove the sec team are incompetent and incapable of doing their jobs correctly. This will go in your client’s favor.
Make sure to let sec know: In space court: the prosecution must disclose to the defendant all evidence that proves guilt as well as all evidence that proves innocence before the trial in order for you to build a case. If they withhold evidence or information this is illegal and will result in your client going free. It may seem tempting to grab all the evidence and jump out the airlock but resourceful sec will send assistants out to retrieve these items and it will not reflect well on your client’s case.
Before the trial you should be allowed a chance to talk with your client. If you do not get this, you can state this at the beginning of the trial and move for mistrial. They do not have to speak unless they want to. They can still say no comment to everything. You should tell them that the best thing is to let you answer for them. You are an experienced lawyer and you will be able to defend them.
Just your average space adventurer turned blogger. Prematurely balding. Egad, no! Forsooth!