Hey, remember the woman who was "interviewing lawyers" for her husband? I just got a call from the private attorney she retained! Hooray - One less case for me!
And, it just goes to show, you don't have to try to act like a crappy lawyer just to scare people off... some people just spontaneously do the right thing and hire a private lawyer when they can afford one.
Following up on the earlier question, is $5K a fair cost? I still don't know. This was definitely the client's first arrest, and it was a misdemeanor assault which will almost definitely be made a non-criminal offer pretty quickly (that I don't think the client is likely to take) and, in my experience, is likely to eventually be dismissed after the complainant doesn't cooperate.
I guess if that's the going rate around here, then so be it. But I think that I handled about 700 cases in the past year. I realize that a P.D.'s office is very different in a lot of ways (e.g. We can cover our overhead in massive bulk and we often stand on a case only one time and it counts toward our caseload), but that still seems like A LOT of money. Almost enough to tempt me into private practice... Nah!