Anonymous User wrote:
You can get a different answer to that question depending on when you ask me, but usually:
I don't mind the hours as much, but the emotional toll can be brutal because it will tax you when you are off the clock. 1) you lose all the time, and a good PD has to be ok with losing because you have to try all sorts of shit. You don't have the luxury of turning down shitty cases with high maintenance or delusional clients. 2) you bond with most of your clients and care for them on a basic human-human level and then you have to tell them all sorts of shitty news about their lives being ruined.
On the other hand I have made a difference in a lot of people's lives for the better, and most of those people deserved a break. As a PD you will get a lot of interesting cases just due to volume. Lastly, I love the people I work with.
I can't do it forever but I don't regret doing this even though it was way more work than I thought it would be.
damnit I screwed up again and posted anon. It's borhas
Public defender from the Wisconsin here. 3 years on the job. I'll echo this post pretty much word for word (though I've had fewer trials!). If anyone has any Wisconsin specific questions, feel free to ask away.