As a public defender, there are people I represent… and people I don’t usually get to represent.
I don’t often get to advise the 1%, for example. The Upper Crust doesn’t go slumming down in my part of the courthouse, let’s say.
These are the people for whom I do not act.
Honestly. It’s rare that a multi-millionaire comes to a public defender and asks for help.
It has happened to me, actually, but not often.
A millionaire caught bringing things into the country without declaring them gets charged under customs and excise legislation. He has a ton of money. He’s going to plead guilty anyway. He can afford the fine. And he doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on a lawyer for getting the same result he would receive with a public defender.
That’s chutzpah. And that is the exception.
Mostly, these types exist high above my level of operation. They are aloof. They are indifferent, by and large, to what goes on beneath them.
Sadly, it is precisely this type of person who can make my life hell for me because when he gets into politics, he tends to enact short-sighted (and boneheaded) criminal legislation.
These provisions aren’t intended to get criminals and keep them in jail. They are intended to get votes and keep politicians in office.
But other than that, I have no contact on a professional level with that element of society.