Not that "Meth-den-dwelling legal pawn" was a much better situation for the kid involved.
This wasn't a case of "The b***h is making it up, I swear" -- there was evidence, witnesses, everything pointing to this client's innocence. However, "The witnesses were difficult to compel to trial because they were all very transient and involved in drugs," Gordon says. At that point, it was just a matter of getting the guy as little time as possible.
"The crime my client was charged with carried a minimum sentence of eight years, with 85 percent of that to be served," Gordon continues. "Faced with the possibility we could lose at trial due to our witnesses being shady, my client decided to take a plea agreement."
You'd think stopping a parent of young children from doing meth would be a happier ending than this.
That agreement included no jail time, so that's nice, but it also included three years of probation and a lifetime as a registered sex offender. That meant prohibition from a lot of places, including rehab facilities, which was certainly not going to make those three years of probation easy.
"This case still bothers me to this day," Gordon says, "because I feel like his defense was hindered to below a constitutionally acceptable standard because he was indigent and came from a world where substance abuse was the norm."