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Let me begin with a question. Did anyone in the government at any time believe that law enforcement would reduce drug availability and drug use? Was it believed that more arrests and more convictions would make a real difference? I say no. And if anyone did believe as such, they were either ignorant or exceptionally naive. The fact is this: directed law enforcement operations (and related necessities) since 1971 have cost US taxpayers over $1Trillion.…
Let me begin with a question. Did anyone in the government at any time believe that law enforcement would reduce drug availability and drug use? Was it believed that more arrests and more convictions would make a real difference? I say no. And if anyone did believe as such, they were either ignorant or exceptionally naive. The fact is this: directed law enforcement operations (and related necessities) since 1971 have cost US taxpayers over $1Trillion.…
Let me begin with a question. Did anyone in the government at any time believe that law enforcement would reduce drug availability and drug use? Was it believed that more arrests and more convictions would make a real difference? I say no. And if anyone did believe as such, they were either ignorant or exceptionally naive. The fact is this: directed law enforcement operations (and related necessities) since 1971 have cost US taxpayers over $1Trillion.…
My new My first felony client was in custody at the local county jail. He began passing around my business card to fellow inmates. Then my phone really began ringing. Unlike in Chicago, inmates here can call me directly if they have “money on their phone.” This just means that they (someone on the outside, really) have prepaid for their phone calls. Going to the Sangamon County jail is much, much easier than getting into…
My new criminal defense practice in Springfield, IL is still in its infancy. I began renting an office on March 1 but didn’t sign up my first client until mid-April. This was really all right with me. During that six weeks I had time to rebuild my law library, refresh my criminal procedure and catch-up on changes to the law since I left the practice in 2013. My first felony client was in custody at…
My new criminal defense practice in Springfield, IL is still in its infancy. I began renting an office on March 1 but didn’t sign up my first client until mid-April. This was really all right with me. During that six weeks I had time to rebuild my law library, refresh my criminal procedure and catch-up on changes to the law since I left the practice in 2013. My first felony client was in custody at…
There is a common misconception that What I do is represent defendants in criminal court to make sure the law is applied to them correctly. You might want to know what this means. Let me explain. I can break down my felony clients into one of three basic categories. 1. Likely to plead guilty: these clients are typically factually guilty and the police work that led to their arrest was proper. There’s not much a…
There is a common misconception that criminal defense lawyers spend all their time in court getting guilty people off. Because of movies and television shows that so often inaccurately depict what we really do this is understandable. What I do is represent defendants in criminal court to make sure the law is applied to them correctly. You might want to know what this means. Let me explain. I can break down my felony clients into…
There is a common misconception that criminal defense lawyers spend all their time in court getting guilty people off. Because of movies and television shows that so often inaccurately depict what we really do this is understandable. What I do is represent defendants in criminal court to make sure the law is applied to them correctly. You might want to know what this means. Let me explain. I can break down my felony clients into…
I have “Give me them Jordan’s,” the man waiting for the bus heard. He looked up and saw a pistol in his face. “I ain’t giving you my Mike’s, but I got a Gucci watch over where I stay. You can come with me and I’ll give it you.” “All right, then. Let’s go.” “Yeah, it’s at my grand mama’s house just a few minutes away. I don’t wear it out much, because someone might…