By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
It is pretty common for someone I’m visiting with to feel like the police, prosecutors and even some judges are pitted against them as they face criminal charges.
The reason is simple. It’s true.
The reason it is true is also simple. They think you’re a bad guy and they don’t know you. Flexing on people they think are addicts, drunk drivers, wife-beaters, thieves, or people who hurt children is a natural reaction for anyone and everyone. If they think you’re in one of these categories — then yes — they are often out to get you.
I’ve had the honor to defend countless people for criminal charges which range the full gamut of severity. I can count on one hand the ones who are truly mean and vindictive humans. This is not to say some of my clients haven’t made mistakes or hurt others because they certainly have.
The difference is all too often, the police, prosecutors and judges don’t know what they don’t know. They might not understand underlying mental illness, addiction, or disfunction of the accused and often the accusers. They might not understand the day-in and day out struggle you might face battling whatever it is ailing you or your loved ones. They intuitively know there are two sides to the story but some need to be reminded how powerful your side of the story is.
My job is making sure they understand. Police, prosecutors and judges are typically hard working and fair people. When given the the right and persuasive information they normally do what they think is right.
Not all advocacy is in front of a jury.
*Jeremy Rosenthal is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For legal advice about any situation you should contact an attorney directly.