You’re not alone.
I started my legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Missouri, and I know first-hand that the vast majority of prosecutors are good people who seek justice, wherever the facts may take them.
But mistakes do happen. Sometimes people lie and make false accusations. Often, the facts and circumstances are murky and open to various interpretation.
That’s why our laws and the constitution afford due process. This includes “discovery” (what evidence do they have against me?) as well as a multitude of procedural safeguards, such as those that ensure that there are no threats or coercion used by law enforcement to entice an incriminating statement, or those that demand the accused be given his day in court along with a fair trial and adequate representation.
Attorneys can help. They can raise objections on your behalf. They can request documents and help you hold the state to its burden. But between you and me – I look forward to the day when there is so much justice in our world that I have to go and find a new line of work.