This was originally posted in April 2014, but my case got continued that week.
Now more than a year later, I'm FINALLY getting to try the case today that prompted this post initially!
UPDATE: After winning a pretrial motion and getting much of the state's case excluded, they offered my client a reduced plea with unsupervised probation. So, he took it. No trial after all, but still a victory.
There's nothing more exciting in the life of a lawyer than a jury trial. When I was young, I'd watch Law & Order and dream of being Jack McCoy. As I got older, I wanted to be Lieutenant Daniel Caffey in A Few Good Men, which is still one of my all-time favorite movies.
These days, my trial attorney hero is Mickey Haller of The Lincoln Lawyer. I just don't want his clients...
This week, I'll be in a jury trial-- only the second of my career. My first came only about a year after I started practicing, and I've been antsy for another one ever since. My case this week isn't the strongest, but as long as I have something to argue, I'm set.
I managed to hold off the nerves and anxiety through the weekend, but now that I'm in the office and making final preparations, I can feel the adrenaline and nerves starting up. There's no rush quite like beginning an opening statement to a jury. Except maybe hearing the words, "not guilty."