Knowing Your Rights and Upholding Them in Oklahoma
Every citizen of the United States is guaranteed certain rights. These rights are myriad, and vary from basic human rights to the rights each person is afforded in a court of law, whether innocent or guilty. Every person deserves to understand those rights and to have them upheld at all times.
My job as a defense attorney is to protect my clients. Justice is not my concern in the courtroom, acquittal is. Justice is the responsibility of the courts, just as conviction is the responsibility of the prosecution. My job is to protect the rights of the clients who come to me. The innocence or guilt of each client doesn’t matter to me, because regardless of the circumstances, my job is to protect their rights in the courtroom.
Defense attorneys protect the rights of private citizens. The government is not an inherently harmful thing, but its power must be checked. If the ideals of fair trial, due process, and a presumption of innocence aren’t upheld in every circumstance, the core ideas of the US Constitution have been taken away from private citizens, which is an incredibly dangerous precedent to set.
Defense attorneys are often painted as immoral, and people ask, “How can they defend that person?” The answer for me is simple: I can and will defend anyone who comes to me because regardless of their situation, they deserve strong representation and the protection of their rights from anyone who seeks to take them away.
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