Title Slide: The Toughest Cases | With Attorneys Schweiger, Fitzgerald, and Renz
Question: What have been the toughest types of cases you’ve handled?
Attorney Brad Schweiger: The toughest case I deal with… yeah, I won’t get into specifics, I’ll just keep it kind of general. The toughest types of cases that I see is when there’s abuse of a child or potential abuse or if it looks like a child is not being well cared for.
Whether that be in a criminal justice aspect, where a parent is not around for one reason or another, or more often, I see in a paternity or divorce action something that’s not going well for the child. And if child protective services have to be called, that’s always, that’s always tough. That’s always an unfortunate circumstance. It complicates things and it’s sad.
Attorney Ashley Renz: The toughest type of case isn’t necessarily a specific type of case or law, but, for me, it’s when the client doesn’t tell you the truth from the beginning. I had one case where we were halfway through trial before the client decided to tell me the complete truth, and that really made it hard because I had prepared based on what I knew.
Attorney Lane Fitzgerald: The toughest type of case, it’s very difficult to say. A tough case is probably going to be, and I don’t mean tough as in difficult, but tough as in hard to deal with, is the client who comes in whose been charged with something and you know that they didn’t do it. And you know that you have to do everything you can in order to prove that they didn’t do it. I think that’s the most difficult one.
Obviously there are some clients that come in and they openly admit and say “Yeah, I did this, let’s just work on getting a good deal,” which is perfectly fine. We’re able to do that. But the person that didn’t actually do anything wrong and they’ve been charged because of some archaic system or some overzealous district attorney is, I think, the most unfortunate thing.
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