1. I’m a public defender. I’d say most of my clients are guilty of what they were arrested for.
My job isn’t necessarily to get someone acquitted if they are actually guilty, it’s to provide their Constitutionally guaranteed right to counsel, protect their other rights, and act as a check against the prosecutors and police.
I’m supposed to work for the best possible outcome for my client, and 95% of the time this means getting them the best deal I can and making sure the prosecutor is doing their job.
How does it “feel” to represent a guilty client?
Well, I have moral objections to drug laws and serious issues with the way they and many other laws are disproportionately enforced against people of color.