All the female judges I appear in front of are smokin' hot.*
As to the rest of what you had to say:
1) In a traffic case, it's tough to beat a cop who is well trained, follows his training, and has a few trials under his belt. I win so many because officers don't follow their training, then have to fudge or lie to make their case.
2) As to having a bench or jury trial, I generally prefer a jury trial. However, there is a particular court I appear in where there is no jury. I do not bind cases out to another court because my winning percentage there is so high. BTW, I ALWAYS talk to the cops first. Oftentimes the officer will agree to a reduction of charges even for a case that, for the defense, appears unwinnable.
3) Yes, the majority of cases are pled out before trial. However, I consider it a victory if the charge is reduced to another offense that the client can live with. I don't want to give any examples since there are many who will want to pick a fight with me over specifics. :(
KF, I fear no judge. However, a lawyer has to know when to pick his fights with a judge. That's one reason why we have appellate courts. I currently have a case in the appellate court on a case I argued until I was blue in the face. Without getting too much into specifics, this was a case I had to win at motion hearing since I couldn't win on the facts at trial. When I lost the motion, I did a stipulated bench trial (no jury) and now have it on appeal. Winning that would give me satisfaction to no end. I might even appear smug in court if I get a favorable decision.
*It's either say that or invoke my 5th amendment right against self-incrimination. :)
[edited by: lawman at 11:34 am (utc) on Oct. 11, 2007]