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Upon leaving the processing area after my mom had posted my $25,000 bail, we were instructed by Mr. Murphy, the attorney I had talked with earlier, to proceed directly to his office. It turns out he was only 1 block away, so we arrived quickly. If you remember, Mr. Murphy had been recommended to me by an attorney friend – so I had a lot of confidence in him as we headed to the office, and was optimistic that he would provide some reassurances about what would happen next. I later learned, and will cover in a subsequent post, that attorney selection is extraordinarily vital to the outcome of the case…and having the wrong attorney can impact your life forever!
As we walk into Mr. Murphy’s office, which is in a very large, old, historic looking home, I am first struck by how cluttered and unorganized it is. There are piles of papers and folders on every surface in the place – the floor, tables, desks – they are all covered with papers. We head down the main hallway, where we are greeted by Mr. Murphy’s assistant. She seems very nice, and asks us to sit down. She tells us Mr. Murphy will be with us shortly, and has us fill out some paperwork. She points us towards some chairs, and doesn’t interact with us again.
After some time, a man, who turns out to be Mr. Murphy, comes down the hall and ushers us into a conference room. He pushes some piles of papers out-of-the-way, and we sit at opposite sides of the table. He asks to see a copy of the charges. He took what felt like forever looking over the charges. He then pulls a law-book out from under a pile of papers, and looks through it for even longer. Finally he says “Wow, they are throwing the book at you”. He proceeds to explain that the charges filed against me are ‘first degree’ felony charges, that carry up to 37 years in prison. He goes on to say that “this will be tough to beat”.
He tells us that the first thing he wants to do is file for a bail reduction hearing to get some of the bail money back to use towards the defense. He introduces me to his detective and says that we will be working together a lot in the coming weeks. He ends the meeting fairly abruptly and says that his office will be in touch once he speaks to the prosecutor and the bail reduction motion is filed, and he will let us know what the next steps are. He really had nothing else to say…
I entered Mr. Murphy’s office with confidence that he would be the man who could help me – but left feeling like even he thought I was guilty. He provided no reassurances, he didn’t even seem to care what my side of the story was. But, I thought, what other choice is there?
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