Originally Posted by odoreater
...The way I see it, the other side has all of the power of the State and the government behind it, including all of the resources that go along with that. All my client has is me. If all of that power on the other side is not enough to secure them a conviction, well, that's their problem. I don't feel bad for them at all if they lose, no matter how much of a bad guy my client is. It's not on my conscience of my client goes free, it's on the prosecutor's and his investigators. They're the ones that didn't do their job right.
Ding ding ding. You articulated this perfectly.
Originally Posted by Krish the Fish
Technically that's the law... innocent until proven guilty, no?
Technically yes, practically no. The jury sees your client in defense chair and assumes he's guilty of something. Heck, most people assume that anyone who's ever arrested is guilty - if not of the specific crime charged, then of something pretty close to it.
Citizens are relatively hesitant to call policemen liars, or to accept that they manufacture stories to ensure that their arrests stick.
Originally Posted by Deadeye_Dick
For those who are defense attorneys and would care to share, what was your path like post-law school? What, if any, internships did you have in law school?
Go work with the public defender, if your jurisdiction has one. Intern with local judges at the trial level court. Do work for free. Sit in court as much as you can.