In my 13th year of running my own
criminal defense firm, I love that my cases have gotten more complex and interesting. The reality
is that greener lawyers are not equipped to a
large scale fraud,
homicide cases. Experience is not gained overnight, and the experience need to defend
major felony cases is learned both inside and outside the courtroom.
But in addition to expanding my horizons in terms of my caseload and experience,
including far more frequent ventures into federal court – not just
in Phoenix but around the United States, I have donned the hat of a legal
analyst for several local television stations and national networks. Admittedly,
there are times where I have to talk out of both sides of my mouth.
While I remain true to my beliefs, the fact is that a one sided perspective
doesn’t make for good TV. Offering insight as to both sides of a
case sometimes gives me flashbacks to my brief stint as a prosecutor many
years ago. And while I occasionally feel the urge to rip off my microphone
and run out of the studio, dodging the maze of lights and wires, in search
of a shower to wipe off my feelings of betrayal to the defense bar and
my clients, the fact of the matter is that providing objective legal analysis
to millions of viewers actually makes me a better criminal defense attorney.
Many lawyers tell their clients what they want to hear, no matter the truth
or the reality of their predicament or plight. I’ve never done that
and I never will. Perhaps it’s actually the offending lawyers’
lack of experience and inability to see the totality of the situation,
let alone what the ‘other side’ sees.
So maybe my double life and internal conflict isn’t such a bad thing
after all. Perhaps it’s made me a better lawyer, and, if nothing
else, I’ve learned the proper way to apply makeup so I don’t
shine in front of the camera.
learn more about me or my firm, call my office today! You can also
schedule a case evaluation if you have been charged of a crime.