Written by attorney John J. Ferry Jr.

Criminal Law - Is it morally wrong to represent a criminal?

A women in my church once told me, “I just don’t see how a Christian can be a lawyer." Stunned by this rebuke, I asked “Would you prefer if all the lawyers were non-Christians?"

Defending the criminally accused is a necessary, and dare I say noble, endeavor that we must undertake if we value our freedom. I’m not just talking in the kind of platitudes normally reserved for reenactors dressed as Thomas Jefferson. Obviously, crime must be punished. But it must be punished fairly and consistently. Perhaps more importantly, determinations as to whether someone committed a crime must be fair, objective and impartial, and based solely on the facts of the case. Without independent criminal defense attorneys, our entire judicial system, and even our very freedom, is at risk. Hopefully you’ll never need the services of a criminal defense lawyer. But if you are someday charged with a crime, you’ll have the right to get help from someone that understands the law. And that, as they say, makes all the difference.

“A society should not be judged on how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals…" Fyodor Dostoevsky

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