If you’re in trouble with the law, calling a criminal defense attorney can save you a whole lot of effort. There are a high number of circumstances in which you could benefit from professional help. Let’s examine the actions of five characters from movies to determine at what point they should have called for help.
At the beginning of the 1980 comedy “The Blues Brothers,” Jake and Elwood Blues, played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, are pulled over by the police for running a red light. Despite their noble intentions, this lands them in trouble with the police for the remainder of the film. Perhaps they could have successfully contested their charges of careless driving with a suspended license with the help of a lawyer, if it had not occurred to them to speed away instead.
In the film “The Fugitive,” Harrison Ford plays Dr. Richard Kimble. Dr. Kimble arrives at home one evening after a long day at work to discover his wife being murdered by a one-armed man. Deceiving circumstances suddenly pile up, and he is convicted of first degree murder. If Dr. Kimble called a criminal defense attorney specializing in homicide and domestic violence, he could have potentially avoided his death row conviction and side-stepped that whole fugitive routine.
“The Legend of Billie Jean” stars Helen Slater as the titular protagonist. Billie Jean’s brother, Binx, has his scooter stolen by a gang of bullies, who beat him up when confronted about the theft. Billie Jean then confronts one of the boy’s father, who is reasonable at first but then attempts to sexually assault her. Binx finds a gun and wounds the man in defense of Billie Jean, and the siblings and their friends end up running from the law. Theft, weapons charges, aggravated assault and juvenile offenses are all issues capable of being resolved legally with an attorney.
Finally, let’s take a look at the character Milton from the film “Office Space.” Over the course of the film, Milton is the victim of unending harassment in the workplace. During the mid-point of the story, he is wrongfully terminated by his employers. They then proceed to take advantage of him by not informing him of his termination; Milton continues to show up for work in the basement of the company with no pay. The film ends with Milton getting revenge on his employers in a satisfying, yet unlikely fashion. Realistically, Milton could have filed a claim against the company with the assistance of a criminal defense attorney.
You may say that if a criminal defense attorney were involved, these movies would have been a lot less entertaining. You’re correct, and that’s why the screenwriters didn’t include it. However, unless you want to avoid becoming a fugitive, burning down your place of employment or ending up in prison alongside your newly reformed Rhythm & Blues band, it would be wise to contact a lawyer with any serious legal problems you find yourself in.