We asked former prosecutors in the United States why they became defense attorneys. Was it really about the money? Or were they bored with their position and want a new career? There are a variety of reasons why prosecutors become defense attorneys. We hope you enjoy their answers.
I became a defense attorney because I lost my job in a civil litigation firm, and opened my own practice because I didn't want to return to the prosecutor's office with its ridiculously heavy caseload, monotony of cases, and the injustice caused by our sentencing guidelines. Specifically, our sentencing guidelines call for far harsher punishment for drug offenders than for thieves, people who scam the elderly, or those who steal from their employer. As a result, I decided to open my own practice and take the uncertain income that came with it.
-Shane Fischer, Attorney at Law
I've learned at the University of Cambridge and the University of London Law Schools that criminal law is all about how one logically breaks down the anatomy of the defenses of the guilty mind, once the act of wrongful liability has been clearly established. Good defenses are creative defenses that persuade 12 minds simultaneously, which is an extremely high-bar threshold, as to the innocence of the alleged guilty mind of the defendant. The great Alan Dershowitz of Harvard has taught me that criminal defense is about getting through a procedural process of just ten decisions, one of which is the decision of 12 minds simultaneously persuaded by a good criminal defense team to get to just one decision.
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