Scene - client and I are in the lockup area talking about his case before his preliminary hearing for felony petit larceny. I have just explained (yet again) the fact that this day is only for a preliminary hearing.
Client: I told you to get me a deal and make this a misdemeanor.
Me: You have 8 prior larcenies, you were caught wearing the clothes store security saw you carry into the changing room and you made a full confession to a police officer after signing a Miranda form. The prosecutor laughed at me when I asked her for a deal.
Client: A guy in my pod has almost 100 charges and he's getting a deal. Why can't I get one?
Me: Where was that guy charged at, [jurisdiction X]?
Client: No, in this county. Why can't you get me a deal?
Me: Maybe something will happen in circuit court when we have a different prosecutor.
Client: If I had a paid lawyer, he'd have got me a deal.
(Based on many a conversation but reflecting none in particular)