Some people – perhaps at the current time “many,” since I have so few readers, and most of those are people who know me – know that I make my living primarily as a criminal defense lawyer. That job is a difficult one. It may surprise you to know that lawyers are not well-liked generally in our society (until we need them), and criminal defense lawyers are in many respects the lowliest of the bunch. We, after all, are not seen for what we really are – protectors of your rights, and of the vitality of the United States Constitution – but are rather mostly seen as just a step removed from our over-vilified clients.
With rare exceptions, we’re thought of as the criminals who put criminals back on the streets.
The sad thing about this – aside from the fact that by protecting our clients, we are actually protecting us all – is that even our clients much of the time do not really like us. Even those who know we’re doing our best can be frustrated when they realize that we are not going to be able to achieve their goals. Those who don’t believe we are doing our best are even worse. Many of the people I defend are actually pretty nice people who just got caught up in something they never intended to be involved in (because we have too many laws; too many things are illegal which should not be; and prosecutors overcharge even when someone has committed a crime). But, inevitably, some of them are not, at heart, nice people. After all, we don’t just get to defend innocent people wrongly charged with crimes.
Not if we’re going to keep our offices open.
So it happened that after 25 years of pretty much never taking an actual vacation, I found myself seriously in need of escape.
I’m not going to go into the whys and wherefores; this post is about what I did: how I escaped, and where I went. [Read more…]