Criminal Defense Attorneys Help to Ensure the Proper Checks and Balances Are in Place to Prevent Injustice
Interviewer: You’ve been doing this for 27 years. That’s a long time. I want to know, why do you do what you do? What got you into it? What kept you at it for so long?
Fred Sosinsky: I think the idea of taking on the system and making sure that all of the proper checks and balances are there to prevent injustice is a force that motivates me. This is what got me into this business and what continues to drive me.
There’s also a certain aspect of representing the underdog that I always found attractive and challenging. Overall, because all work involves most often fighting against the government, whether be on the state of federal level, it presents quite a challenge, both intellectually as well as emotionally.
There is tremendous reward in criminal defense work, in rescuing, hopefully most of the time, someone from what would otherwise be very tragic events.
Interviewer: Do you have people that have told you; how could you defend criminals? How could you defend those people? If you’ve been told that, how do you feel and respond?
Fred Sosinsky: When I was a young lawyer, quite some time ago, I did get that type of question. I think that we, as a society, have come a long way, in terms of understanding the role of a criminal defense attorney today, as compared with 20 or 25 years ago.
There’s a far greater understanding and appreciation for the fact that we criminal defense lawyers are lawyers first. We have a particular client to represent and that is not so much different really, than the role of any lawyer engaged in litigation of any sort.
Interviewer: Out of all the battles you’ve dealt with, how many clients do you think you’ve defended over all those times?
Fred Sosinsky: I really don’t have a count, but I would put it in the thousands and thousands. I’ve been doing this for 27 years. When I was younger, of course, I handled a far greater number of cases in a typical year, than I have as time as gone on, but clearly in the probably, tens of thousands over these years.