Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; for they will be satisfied.
There are criminal defense attorneys who grow despondent because their clients have not the smallest shred of gratitude for all their efforts. Public defenders are especially prone to this, since they are subjected to daily abuse by both clients and the families of clients. Despite the fact that even young public defenders are already highly experienced litigators and negotiators -- far more so than some lawyers in private practice -- they are viewed as inferior goods by a clientele that does not pay them, and therefore has no yardstick by which to measure the value of the services they are getting. Many public defender clients actually believe that public defenders are not real lawyers, and do not hesitate to apprise their court-appointed counsel of this fact.
So if you are a criminal defense attorney, and you want praise and plaudits from your clients, and you're thinking of throwing in the towel just because you're not getting them, then here is the solution:
CHANGE WHAT YOU WANT.
Seriously. Listen to the voice of experience.
Your problem is not that you aren't getting what you want; your problem is that what you want is wrong.
Until you start wanting what is right, you can never hope to find satisfaction in this or any other line of work.