learning patience

Since we get our cases from the Public Defender’s Office, it’s normal to assume that we would end up with a lot of cases that they don’t want. . .for one reason or another.  That can lead to interesting results.  From the beginning dementia client who keeps trying to break into a house that was once hers, but no longer is. . .to the client who changes his “story” as often as he changes his contact information. . .to the client who just wants “to go back to Jacksonville” even though he’s already here.  Some of the clients pull at your heart; others give heartburn, but that’s the world of criminal defense.  Juggling their cases; researching speedy trial and Williams Rule and confrontation clause; trying to get discovery and offers from the State; and learning that everyone does not move at the same pace as you do.