Tips For Hiring A DUI Lawyer

This scene happens all too often . No court today because I was finishing up a brief that is due soon. I get a phone call from a family law attorney.

Attorney: Can a client avoid jail under Tennessee law ?

Me: No

Attorney: What about public service or the DUI Education Center ?

Me: No Public service. No DUI Education Center because the judge in your case will not allow it.

Attorney: How did you know who the judge was ?

Me: I looked it up and read the warrant of your client. Did you think about the traffic stop ? The community caretaker exception may not apply.

Attorney: What is the community care taking function ? I just wanted to plead them guilty .

Bottom line was that a family law attorney got a DUI case . The attorney wanted a quick fee. The family lawyer knows jack about a DUI case. No thought about the case. No knowledge of the law. No advice on how a DUI conviction impacts a person's life.

The take away is to hire a experienced  DUI Defense Lawyer.

Do not hire a divorce lawyer, a civil lawyer , or any other type of lawyer. DUI law is specialized. Hire a professional



The Death of the American Trial Lawyer ?

Judge Mark Bennett wrote a recent obituary on the fate of the American trial lawyer. I must agree with Judge Bennett's comments. The American trial lawyer is now a memory from times long past or in the pages of a legal thriller from John Grisham or Michael Connelly . Why did the trial lawyer get placed on life support ?

There are several reasons according to Judge Bennett;

  • Mediation
  • Increased Costs of Litigation
  • Abusive Discovery

One key point that Judge Bennett mentions is the growth of the role of trial judges as litigation managers. The only trials are that are really being tried in Nashville , Tennessee are criminal trials.

Here is my challenge to those lawyers that still set foot in the courtroom for things other than a plea bargain agreement where you beg and grovel with the DA for a little scrap of justice . Let's say "Your Honor this case is for a jury trial." Let's talk to the jurors about their feelings on the case in jury selection. Tell the story of the case. Do not let the American trial lawyer die . All it needs is a little CPR.