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Is Criminal Defense Attorney a rewarding job?

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I would like to become a Criminal Defense attorney and I just want to learn more about the career. #career #law #school #attorney #criminal #criminal-defense #prosecution

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Warren’s Answer

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Being a criminal defense attorney is a very fulfilling job, but then again, so is being a prosecutor. I have been both but now work on the defense side. Remember, there are always two sides to every story. In the USA, an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The laws and rules are so complex and very often unforgiving, so the role of the defense attorney is to protect the rights of the accused, to give good advice based on thorough investigation and research, and to provide effective advocacy when necessary. The seven skills of lawyering are research (finding the right law), analysis (figuring out what that law means and how it applies to your client), counseling (giving advice), negotiating (as in plea bargaining), writing (perhaps explaining how a complex set of laws that have evolved over many years apply to your particular client's situation), drafting (as in contracts, settlements and the like), and courtroom advocacy (trials and appeals). It is very hard work. Please let me know if you have any follow-up questions. #lawyer #criminal-defense #criminal-justice

Matthew’s Answer

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As always it really depends on the type of person you are. Sometimes you are faced with helping those that are not guilty and others that are possibly guilty. The real question is whether or not you want to turn down a case that does not please you. I know many criminal defense attorneys who will not accept cases that involve abuse or rape. This answer does not create an attorney client privilege and if you have any more questions, I would suggest contacting another attorney. Good luck!