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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Drunk Drivers and Their Attorneys Have No Grounds to Complain

Don’t tell anyone from the office that I said this, but, criminal defense lawyers seem to forget that they represent… CRIMINALS! Judge Mayes has a reputation as being tough, although he is frequently called worse. Yesterday, he placed a client in jail for ten days, which Judge Mayes is requiring the client to do as a precondition to beginning Judge Mayes’ SAP (Substance Abuse Program). The client, who was already on probation for DWI, was unable to start his car because the breath interlock device detected that he had consumed alcohol. Everyone at the office thought this was unfairly harsh and vindictive.

It is better that drunk drivers face the legal penalties than my family face the consequences of a run-in with an intoxicated driver. The lawyers need to stop complaining that Judge Mayes is a hard-ass.

9 Comments:

  • I need to make sure I understand this...

    A man who's been convicted of driving drunk got in trouble for attempting to drive after he's consumed a beverage. The judge, in an attempt to compel this man to stop abusing alcohol, thereby preventing his accumulating another DWI, punishes him. The lawyers in your firm feel that this is somehow wrong. Is that a fair synopsis?

    Perhaps, if he wanted to stay out of jail, he'd learn from his previous transgressions...

    By Blogger Steve, at 7:00 AM, January 28, 2006  

  • Keep your perspective, Matthew. Regardless of what kind of law you practice, you have to stay grounded. I have noted that a lot of attorneys lose touch with reality in the quest to represent their clients best interests.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 7:46 AM, January 28, 2006  

  • I agree...it only takes on accident to kill someone or many. Great perspective.

    By Blogger Kylee, at 12:16 PM, January 28, 2006  

  • Steve, you are pretty much correct; some people think Judge Mayes was overly harsh for making an offender face the consequences - which were less severe than killing someone.

    Ashley, I have observed the same. The legislature, the state, and the judiciary become the "bad" guys.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 6:48 PM, January 28, 2006  

  • Drunk drivers SHOULD be stopped. I know a guy who has had three DUI's and has a license to drive to and from work (even though is license has been suspended). I also know he drinks regularly on his way home from work. There's always someone who tries to get around the law. That's why lawyers exist! ;)

    By Blogger jules, at 5:10 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • There's an attorney in a nearby town who has made defense of drunk driving her career. Every time a new billboard goes up announcing something like "Drive. Drink. Go to Jail" or "You drink, you drive, you lose," she counters with another one across the highway. Samples include "Who says responsible social drinking is illegal?" or "Drive, drive, go to jail--another government lie." I'd love to know something about her past.

    By Blogger English Professor, at 5:37 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • right on, matthew!

    By Blogger kari, at 9:20 AM, January 30, 2006  

  • I totally agree with you. But I don't understand why you don't try & get a job with the "Texas hammer," the "tough, smart lawyer." You should do it for your readers because I bet some really interesting blog posts would result.

    By Blogger red.hot.mamma!, at 10:23 PM, January 31, 2006  

  • I could generate some really interesting blog posts, but I might compromise attorney-client confidentiality. However, since most people at my place of employment don't even know what a "blog" is, I have found, they most likely will never happen upon any disclosures I might make here

    By Blogger Matthew, at 6:02 PM, February 01, 2006  

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