When I graduated high school, I was not interested in criminal justice. I got my fair share of tickets and citations and, like many people, I didn’t like cops very much. I first wanted to learn auto mechanics and worked for an auto dealership in management over the repair department, but the work was boring and unfulfilling. I constantly found myself looking out the window because being outside the building looked infinitely more interesting. I had always watched police officers at work, so I decided to apply to be a police officer because I liked working with the public and having the variety in my job that the dealership sorely lacked.
However, after 15 years in law enforcement, I decided that I didn’t want to grow old fighting people. As a police officer, I spent plenty of time in court. I saw the lawyers doing their job and I thought that it looked like something I would like to do. While I was in law school, I wanted to be a corporate lawyer, but the more I learned, the more I realized it was as boring as my management job. So, I went back to what I knew and became a defense lawyer. I knew how police operated and I knew how criminal cases were prosecuted. It was a perfect fit.
As a former police officer, I know how the police operate. They can’t hide errors from me.