Perhaps you had a few drinks and hit a stop sign…or a tree…or a curb.  Or you were swerving from lane to lane…or driving erratically.  The police came along and checked your driver’s license.  They asked you to do some field sobriety tests.  Recite the alphabet…without singing it.  Stand on one foot.  Count backwards from 100 to 87.  Walk 9 steps heal to toe, then turn around and walk back.  Maybe they asked you to take a breath test.

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I don’t intend on giving you a full history of this great attorney, but suffice it to say he took on the most unpopular defendants in the biggest crime of his day. He was able to win acquittal for six of them and reduced charges for the remaining two. His belief in rule by law wasn’t blinded by prejudice or the anxious feelings of war.

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06 Mar 2013

There Ought to Be a Law

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Whenever a small child doesn’t get its way, it may cry or throw a tantrum, because that is all it knows. Whenever society doesn’t like anything it often reacts with similar unconsciousness by declaring, “There ought to be a law.”

Don’t get me wrong. I believe in rule by law. However, I also know that laws don’t solve every problem or social ill. Those who believe they will have been overzealous of late, particularly when it comes to imposing law over the judicial system.

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All right. You’re all under arrest!
—Sheriff Behan from Tombstone – 1993

Don’t be ridiculous, we can’t all be under arrest. Maybe. But in today’s environment of laws against everything, any person could be placed under arrest, at any time, or in any place. Do you think that is true? Many believe it is.

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15 Nov 2012

For the Love of Les Miserables

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“Throw the bum in jail! I hope he never gets out. He deserves it.”

“Oh, wait! That’s my son. He didn’t mean to. It was a simple mistake. He deserves a break.”

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People have tried some pretty funny things to get out of a DUI charge. One of the all-time favorite fake-outs has to be from Tommy Boy. You remember the scene. Tommy and Richard are driving down the road, high from a leak in the NOS, when the police turn on their lights. They start freaking out (as many are want to do). What to do? They can’t get pulled over. They have to get off the charge. So, of course, they pretend their car is infested with bees. Bees. Tons of bees. Bees swarming all over them, stinging them, causing them to scream out in pain. The cops, seeing this play out, freeze. They are both deathly allergic to bees. So they tell them to roll around on the ground, jump back in their car and drive away.

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25 Oct 2012

Welcome to My Blog

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Welcome!

I’m excited to start this blog. I’ll be sharing infographic, informational posts, and interesting takes on criminal defense law. In the coming weeks, I’ll adding more and more posts to my blog, giving you a resource of information if you ever have a question about criminal defense.

So, check back often for new posts.


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