How can you represent criminals? Mindy's story
People always ask me: “How can you defend ‘criminals’?”
Let me tell you about Mindy.
I represented “Mindy,” a teacher accused of assaulting her husband. They had always argued, but he got more physical after their son was born. One night, he punched her. She grabbed something from the table and threw it at him, before running to another room.
Neighbors called the police. Both Mindy and her husband complained of assault, but the only visible injury was a cut on his face. Mindy was arrested.
The Judge issued an order of protection for the husband. Mindy + baby couldn’t return home unless he moved out. (which he did days later). A NYC teacher, Mindy was suspended pending the outcome. She faced a year in jail.
We met with the DA, shared Mindy's experience, and the devastating financial impact of the ongoing suspension. The DA agreed it was self-defense and dismissed 6 weeks early.
Did Mindy injure her husband by throwing an object at him? Yes.
Was that "assault"? Yes.
Should Mindy lose her job, face jail and a criminal record because she defended herself? Absolutely Not!
How can I represent "criminals"? Some folks accused of a crime are innocent (think mis-ID or false complaints). For those that broke the law, the punishment they face, impact on their life, is often grossly disproportionate to the crime.