Originally Posted by brokencycle
I've heard that these are one of the few groups for criminal defense that still really pony up the dough because often times for higher level drug dealing cases and the like, the state seizes or freezes assets, so they don't have much to spend on their defense. Is that true?
By "groups" you mean people accused of CP? If so, I'd say this is wildly exaggerated. Yes, in certain types of cases asset seizures are an issue. And yes, the government sometimes uses the availability of asset freezes to impede a defendant's ability to retain counsel, experts, etc.
But high-level drug dealers and others still come up with funds for high-priced lawyers.
Lots of people don't have enough money to mount an OJ-level defense, or even the reasonable, full, vigorous defense somebody like Harold would want to present. But that's less often because of asset freezes and the like than because lawyer time, expert time, investigator time, etc. is way more expensive than most of us 99%ers really have the funds for -- especially when the government overcharges a case or takes an unreasonably aggressive settlement position, thereby killing the chances for an early, fair resolution.