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Managing Caseload

Most lawyers plan for when times are bad. We tend to only joke about what we’d do with an enormous caseload if times got great. I’m certainly guilty of making off-handed comments about too much work being a good problem to have, but in reality, when too much work really does become a problem, it’s probably worse than the alternative. Before I had any real experience, I looked all over the place for guidance about caseload. I spoke with public defenders and met some who had 30 open felony cases. I met some with 60. Several public defenders who handled misdemeanors as well as felonies told me they typically had over 100 open cases at any given time. Relying to some extent on the stereotype … Read entire article »

Filed under: Clients, Practice in General

Deviations and Personal Circumstances

I often write deviation letters to prosecutors. That is especially important in Maricopa County Superior Court, where deputy county attorneys are forced to follow strict and often ridiculous plea bargaining guidelines. In my experience with deviation letters, I have found that letters citing constitutional issues or exculpatory evidence are far more likely to get a deviation than those citing a client’s mitigating personal circumstances. While I can understand that a prosecutor would rather offer a better bargain than lose a case, it concerns me that prosecutors do not give much weight to a client’s otherwise spotless background, bad health, or personal responsibilities. To me it seems that a strong case for the State involving aberrant behavior and a victimless crime should be just as worthy of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Practice in General, Prosecutors

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