From the defense attorney's viewpoint, that is not exactly a strong bargaining position. That did not stop this attorney from battling for his client.
Defense attorney: No one was home when he broke in.
Me: That makes it better?
Attorney: What were they doing leaving their door unlocked, anyway?
Me: Are you really blaming the victims because criminals have made it so we have to lock our doors at night?
Attorney: Why are they asking so much in restitution?
Me: Because that's what your client stole from them.
Attorney: I think they're inflating the numbers.
Me: They have all the receipts.
Attorney: He's got ADHD.
Me: Looks to me like he actually has great focus on burglaries.
Attorney: It's all the meds he's one.
Me: Prescription ones?
Attorney: He's a good kid, enrolled in school.
Me: Both of these burglaries happened during the day when he was supposed to be in school.
Attorney: But he's a young kid. He didn't know what he was doing.
Me: The judge said he would give him probation and seal the case, as long as he didn't get in any more trouble. He didn't even wait a week.
Attorney: You know how kids are today.
Me: Exactly my point.