Interview

Excerpts from an interview with Bill Paparian
The criminal Justice lawyer in Pasadena Ca.


Why did you decide to be a lawyer?

I have been a Criminal Defense Attorney for more than 35 years. People sometime say to me “How can you represent those people?” or “What do you do if someone tells you he is guilty?”

Over the years I have tried to answer these questions. But the I began to realize that questions being posed to me were actually challenging my chosen profession.

I am proud to be a Criminal Justice Law Attorney because it is a job that our Founding Fathers believed to be so important to a free society that they wrote it into our Constitution. Take a look at the United States Constitution. If you read the Sixth Amendment, you will find a part that says, “…and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense”. The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution specifically guarantees the existence of my chosen profession.

I am proud to be allowed to be a Criminal Defense Attorney and follow the path in life forged by people like John Adams and who defended the British Soldiers accused of murdering American Colonists in the “The Boston Massacre.” He was our second President.

He knew that representing these British soldiers in the murder trial would be highly unpopular, but he did it anyway because he knew that railroading the accused in an unfair trial to serve political purposes would have undermined the very principles upon our soon to be established would be founded. It was important that those British soldiers receive a fair trial represented by competent counsel. John Adams knew it. He became their Criminal Defense Attorney. And he won.

Someday, you or a loved one may be arrested. But you or your loved one will not be alone. Someone will stand up and fight for you. And that person will be someone like John Adams, a Criminal Defense Attorney. That's who I am and that's who I will always be.

What work experience and education helps you be a better lawyer?
My over 30 years of experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney, my 12 years of public services as an elected official, and my military services in the Marine Corps, have all tempered and seasoned me to be an effective advocate for my clients.

Why did you decide on your primary area of practice?
While I was in law school, criminal law and criminal procedure were the courses that I enjoyed the most.

What do you like best about your career?
Being able to help people who are confronted with an accusation of criminal wrongdoing.

Tell us about your law firm:
I am a solo practitioner which enables me to give personal attention to my clients.

What are your strengths and style?
I am very sensitive to my client's needs and concerns. I am able to interact on a professional basis with court staff judges and other attorneys in an effective manner for my clients.
What is your opinion regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
It's highly important and I encourage it.

Are you willing to review documents prepared by clients?
Yes, in fact I encourage my clients to assemble all of the documents pertaining to their case and ask them to prepare a narrative summary of the facts of their case to assist me.

Are you willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?
It's never a good idea to attempt to stand alone when accused of a crime. And for that reason I am not willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves.