Dedication to you and your welfare cannot be over emphasized.  Aggressive as opposed to meek?  Obviously, the former but “full speed ahead” should never be at the expense of the client (remember: the lawyer goes home at the end of the case; the client may not).  Not all criminal cases are resolved by trials; most end with negotiated pleas.  So how do you know which course is best for you?  And here is where all the qualities the lawyer possesses come together under the heading of JUDGMENT.  The lawyer should know which cases can be won at trial, which cases have the best odds of being “beat” and which cases are best resolved by negotiated plea.  A good lawyer is not a magician and sometimes the prudent course is negotiation, which can often have wonderful results.