Jun 25, 2005

A Lawyer With A Conscience?

I want to thank everyone for their support through this ordeal with my son. To catch you up he was arrested last weekend for driving under the influence (of alcohol) and open container. I thought it was minor in possession but I was mis-informed.

Anyway, one of the pieces of advice I received was that I MUST get a lawyer. Having never had the need for a lawyer I wasn't sure how to go about this. So, being the Internet savvy person that I am, I googled one. Now you might think this to be a risky way to search, but since my friends and family didn't seem to have ever needed a lawyer either (what a law-abiding bunch we all are) I had no other choice.

Within mere moments I had a list of attorneys in our area who specialized in DUI/DWI. I made my decision on location...his office is halfway between here and the suburb where my son was arrested. And he had a nice face. I must admit I was very nervous about retaining an attorney, mainly because I've heard they charge like a thousand dollars a minute for their counsel. I'm wondering if the meter is running while I'm on the phone with his receptionist making the appointment.

It turns out that the initial visit is free. I really like the sound of free. So I scheduled the appointment (on Friday, my son's only good "day" day since he works nights) took a couple of hours of PTO from work and off we went.

And you're not going to believe what the attorney advised us!

After explaining that these two charges, while they sounded quite horrible, were really just minor offenses, very similar to other traffic violations, and that my son was very lucky...he then explained to him that if this happens again, when he's over 21, he wouldn't be so lucky.

Then he said the most amazing thing. He recommended that we didn't need him. That he could not in good conscience charge us $500 for what we could do ourselves.

All we have to do is ask for deferred-adjudication (I'm writing this down as he's saying it like we should know what it is), which would mean my son paying fines, attending classes and doing community service. When I told my husband this, he wanted to make sure I was going to the hearing because he couldn't remember deferred watchamacalit, much less say it. This made me laugh.

Anyway, I thought this was a MONUMENTAL finding...a "good" lawyer story! His name is Jonathan Bailey and he's in the Lewsiville TX area. If you're ever in need, just google him!


I've had a complaint from John over at
Romantic Ramblings that Freaky Friday this week was too tame. While I do promise my Freaky Friday posts to be about sex (I think sexual abuse counts) I never claimed that it would have any certain sizzle-level. Perhaps I will image google flames and give each post from one up to 5 flames like they use stars for movies.

So moved was The Duke by my weak attempt at what he claims is the only reason for getting out of bed on Friday, that he wrote a poem (Iambic Heptameter) about it. Check it out!


Duke_of_Earle said...


An honest lawyer? That's harder to belive than a tame Freaky Friday post!

And were you making fun of my "Iambic heptameter?" Did I spell it wrong, like "sillibance" or "Lewsiville?"

(Was that subtle enough?)

Anyway, the poem was in jest, and your Friday post was a good one.

Now, about this honest lawyer and deferred adjudication, it's heartening to know that there ARE a few good honest ones out there after all. I'm also glad for your son that the results aren't going to be worse, or more painful, than what you described!


Karyn Lyndon said...

You should know by now EVERYTHING I say is in jest...I just thought the folks would be enticed more to read your poem if they knew what meter it was in...

And I apologize for my dyslexic fingers although Lewsiville (pronounced Lucyville) does have a nice ring to it.

schnoodlepooh said...

I like to hear stories like this about honest lawyers. There are quite a few good people out there and some of them are attorneys! I'm glad that you found one of them. And I'm glad it sounds like your son isn't going to be doing hard time in the slammer!

Karyn Lyndon said...

Thanks! Meeee toooooo!