There is no denying the fact that some professions are more deserving of respect than others. While most of us try to serve humanity with the little acts of kindness we spare some time for on a daily basis, there are people who serve humanity for a living. Take doctors as an example. They save lives, and although they do get paid for it, still the fact that they are the reason many people are alive right now is enough motivation for them to come into work every day.
Another profession of similar nobility is that of lawyers, and more specifically criminal lawyers. While TV shows like Boston Legal or Suits may have glamorized the profession to a great extent, in the real world, as you must’ve already realized, matters in the courtroom are not nearly as dramatic. However, there are still many reasons why you should opt to become a criminal lawyer.
It’s a Noble Profession
How would you feel knowing that your job has existed since time immemorial, and in fact is stipulated as one of the essential rights bestowed upon Americans by the founding fathers of this country? Indeed, within the Sixth Amendment of our country’s Bill of Rights, it has been stipulated that the defense side in every criminal case is entitled to the services of a counsel.
Then, of course, there is that rich history of criminal defense attorneys who went on to do great things for our nation. The obvious names which come to mind are obviously Abraham Lincoln as well as John Adams. In fact, Adams is famous for having defended a few British soldiers accused of partaking in what has come to be known as the Boston Massacre, a hugely unpopular move as the people were completely against the soldiers.
However, Adams took the task simply because he believed in upholding the basic human rights promised by the founding fathers of the US, risking his prospective political career and his personal safety. That tells volumes about the rich history of this profession: you won’t simply become a criminal lawyer, you will become part of a heroic legacy.
The Stakes are High
Unlike civil suits whereby both the parties in the case end up receiving something out of it (at least sometimes), criminal cases are more absolute in judgment, unless of course appealed in a higher court of law. In criminal cases, the defense, if found guilty, is subjected to punishment, which means that you need to do whatever it takes to clear your party of all charges.
If fighting from the prosecution side, then you must convince the jury that the defendant has indeed committed the crime. In case you fail to do that, and if the defendant is actually guilty, you would have caused a criminal to walk free. Hence, your actions will make a huge difference on the public, which makes this job a very thrilling experience.
Preparing Cases is Engaging
While the actual argumentation happens within the courtroom, you will have already done your homework well in advance outside of the courtroom. The buildup to the hearing is all investigative work, which means you would be going through past judgments and facts of the case to determine how best you can defend your client. If you want your profession to resemble that of detectives as seen on TV, then this is as close as it gets (without actually becoming a detective, of course).
You Become the Defender of the Constitution
The constitution is the document from which all US citizens derive their basic rights, and unfortunately, not all those rights can always be protected. For example, there are instances whereby the police, without intention, may incorrectly prosecute an innocent person, and such cases will definitely find their way to your desk.
By defending those people, essentially you are defending the constitution because ensuring basic human rights is the entire purpose the constitution exists in the first place.