When I meet someone for the first time, it’s pretty common to be asked, “How Does a Criminal Defense Attorney in Phoenix Sleep at Night?” I mean, it’s true that I regularly represent clients charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine, money laundering, sexual assault, bank fraud, sexual conduct with a minor, and a host of other serious felony charges in both State and Federal courts, but I sleep pretty soundly knowing that I put 110% into all of my cases.
I don’t write the facts of the case, and I certainly am not here to judge (I did that for 4 years and it was fun while it lasted). My job is to zealously advocate for my clients. Sometimes, as some criminal defense attorneys in Phoenix and elsewhere fail to understand, this means being more than a “yes man” and telling my clients some of the cold realities of both life and the criminal justice system. A client may have what appears to be a great argument that a police search of a truck containing pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars was illegal, but there is always a roll of the dice. It’s foolish, if not irresponsible for a criminal defense lawyer to not tell their clients the pros and cons of an issue and allow them to make the choice as to how to move forward.
My job is not about my ego – it’s about getting the best possible outcome for my clients. There are some criminal defense attorneys that jump up and down and make a lot of noise. But if it’s only noise, what does it do for the client at the end of the day. An attorney can put on a good show, but if the show lands your client in prison for a long time, it’s just pomp and circumstance. After 25+ years in the business and doing some very big and nasty cases as a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer, my philosophy is very different: Just get it done. Skip the awards and skip the dog and pony show. Do what’s best for your client because that’s the only thing that matters. You may not get a plaque when you’re done, but you’ll definitely get a good night’s sleep.
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