By Anonymous - United States - Richmond
Today, as a public defender, my client was actually innocent for once. I intended to utterly destroy the prosecution's case and demonstrate his good character. That plan went straight to hell when he showed up heavily intoxicated. FML
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  Schmavid64  |  13

Actually the client would end up classified as "not guilty." In most western nations courts don't proclaim someone as innocent but instead as not guilty. Semantics I know.

  Arot6  |  17

Depending on how airtight the defense is, I'm sure OP could at least make a case for reasonable doubt, which is all that is required to get a "not guilty" verdict (due process is awesome that way).

By  Druu  |  53

His sobriety in court has no bearing on the underlying crime with which he's charged. It merely diminishes your attempt to prove character, which you would not do unless his character is called into question by the prosecution first. You don't sound like a lawyer. (For the next time you want to play lawyer, remember innocent until proven guilty. Your outlook on the case and client speaks volumes in front of the judge, jury, your colleagues, etc.)

  ragnarok1540  |  39

I can just imagine the OP saying something along the lines of "As you can see, your honor, my client is an upstanding citizen who would never drink in public or act in a disorderly manner ..." following which the client would shout "What did you say?!?" before stumbling up to the judge and throwing up before passing out ...