Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Victory, to a defense attorney, can have varied meanings.  Getting a max misdemeanor sentence to avoid a felony conviction and felony time can be a victory.  Getting a conviction without jail can be a victory.  Not getting deported is a victory.  Sometimes only an acquittal or dismissal is a victory.
This week, I had some victories.  I didn't win.  But in the end, the law prevailed. 


Sanchovilla said...

All hail the law! Congrats!

ambimb said...

Congratulations! This is especially good to hear after your "Extra Crispy" post from last week. I just had an interview for a PD job and they asked me: "What is your theory of criminal defense?" I hadn't really thought about it in that way before, but what I came up w/was something like "fight for every inch for your client" b/c often victory is measured for public defenders in those inches (the little victories you mention), rather than miles (complete exoneration and freedom for your client). Anyway, here's to the inches!

Frolics and Detours said...

As I've had to tell people who don't understand, as public defenders we have to redefine our definition of winning.

Glad to see things are picking up a bit for you!

Moi said...

Yeah, the ladylaw always has a way of prevailing. Damn her!

Fresh? said...

Victory for me is (1) getting paid and (2) not killing myself.


Melissa said...

WOO! Congrats.