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March 2017 , Page 61 

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Informal Opinion: So You Want to Be a Criminal Defense Attorney

By Randy Wilson

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For the past 47 years, each morning I have gone to work as an attorney licensed by the State Bar of Texas. For the first five years, I worked for law firms, trying cases of many different types, both criminal and civil. I was fortunate to have practiced during a time when the Constitutions of the both Texas and the United States protected our fellow citizens, both under criminal and civil jurisdictions. This was back in the time when courts were governed by the law and not by political influence or the judge’s concerns about being re-elected. It was a time when judges were judges because they either just wanted to be a judge or they felt an obligation to serve. But not only has the attitude of judges changed, so have the attitudes of a large portion of attorneys. The costs of operating a law firm, the costs of advertising, and the lack of compassion have all crept into the practice of law. It appears that being a lawyer has degenerated from a profession to a business.

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