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The System Has Failed

Throughout life we expect the judicial system to do the right thing. To consider Justice as an undeniable truth. It is no longer. In the words of Dave Mustaine, the lead singer of the heavy metal band Megadeth, "The system has failed". Whether it's a father of three with no prior criminal history who sells two grams of cocaine to a police informant and is sentenced to 4 years in prison, or a single mom with the disease of addiction who receives 180 days in jail for driving on a suspended license, the system has failed. We as a society, and many of those in the judicial system, have forgotten what common sense and compassion is. In the eyes of the holier than thou prosecutors around the state there is no place for compassion. Common sense was left at the courthouse doorstep decades ago. So now the powers that be believe almost every wrong is righted by incarceration. That a single mother who falls under the grip of addiction and loses her driver's license as a result of a conviction for marijuana possession should pay the price of her bad choice with her freedom. Never mind she has three children who depend on her to provide for their well being. That a married father of three, who feels the heavy weight of an economical recession, makes a bad choice to sell two grams of cocaine to a friend, must pay with four years of incarceration. Nearly half a decade of freedom. Four years away from his children, his wife, and those that depend on him in many ways.

Please do not misunderstand, people do need to pay for their poor choices. There are consequences to each and every action we take. However, we live in a world full of chaos. Where the weak are preyed upon and those holding the power institute their own level of judgment. The penalty should match the crime. It doesn't take much common sense to figure out who the protagonist and antagonist are in every play. The world is no different. The problem rests in the government's attitude. They simply don't care. On top of that, hypocrisy runs rampant. Many times the prosecutor who asks that a defendant convicted of a DUI be incarcerated for their crime, is the same prosecutor who can be seen driving away from the local watering hole obviously in need of a cab. This is simply the way it is. An inconvenient truth only a few will dare tell. This is not to say that all prosecutors act so blatantly hypocritical. Many are good lawyers seeking justice and at times recognize that good people make bad mistakes. The problem is it only takes one for the system to fail. And fail it has.

Defense attorneys fight this fight every day. They try to show the government that many deserve compassion. They attempt to point out what common sense screams. That not every citizen charged with a crime deserves the heavy hand of the law. That sometimes good people make terrible mistakes. That the pressure of the times sometimes brings out the worst in all of us. We all know that nothing and no one is perfect. We defense attorneys fight this good fight every day in court rooms across this country. Our clients depend on our tenacity. They look to us for hope. They look to us for fairness and in many cases the long lost compassion instilled in us since the beginning of time. We continue to fight and fight we must.

The government, including the judicial system, is not immune to imperfection. But when the system stops trying, when the system no longer looks at all of us as imperfect human beings and turns a blind eye to compassion and common sense, then the system has failed. Unfortunately it's probably broke beyond repair. That may be the worst conclusion of all.

If at any point you find yourself in need of an attorney to fight for you, to fight for a level playing field, don't hesitate to call us here at Damore Delgado Romanik and Rawlins. We believe in common sense and compassion. But what we most believe in is our clients. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your case we will aggressively fight the overzealous government and most importantly fight for your rights.

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