Anonymous User wrote:Because criminal work is hard. Not everyone is going to be good at it, and it's plain hard to stand up there and try and defend some of these people. To try and defend some guy who beat a kid half to death with his buddies and then ran over his body and head in a parking lot, and you've got to defend him while the kid's mother is staring at you and crying. It's hard to do.
Aside from that, I didn't say everyone is going to make money at it. We here on TLS take a lot of things for granted as far as hard work and the desire to be good at our jobs, but there are a lot of lawyers who are just plain shitty at their jobs and don't care. They're scraping by on appointment scraps and $30,000 a year. No one wants to appoint them to anything, and there are far more than you'd think like that.
The guys making good money are the ones that are organized and do things right. They meet with clients in a timely manner, and try and do the best they can by them. Make the best deal, or go to trial if they have to. They are organized (I know I hit that point a lot, but when you've got 35-40 pending cases at any given time, it's damn important), and the court staff respect and like them and want to work with them.
It's like anything else in life...just because it's doable doesn't mean everyone will put in the effort and time necessary to do it. Like I said, there are a lot of shitty lawyers who know they are and don't care.
You keep talking about organizations and deadlines, is there a lot of paperwork that goes along with criminal work?