I’m a Bellevue DUI lawyer. That means I spend my days (and some nights) fighting to keep my clients out of jail and out of trouble so they can get back to leading their normal lives. And my clients are happy for my services. They know when they are through that they’ve gotten the best representation possible.
But most of my clients didn’t know me before they hire me. And most people when they meet me “don’t want to know me.” Let me explain a little.
This is a typical conversation I have when I meet someone for the first time.
“Hello. Nice to meet you.”
“Nice to meet you too. What do you do for a living?”
“I’m a DUI and criminal defense lawyer.”
“Oh boy! I shouldn’t be talking to you. You’re going to jinx me and get me in trouble.”
These conversations happen all the time, and people really mean what they say and believe that knowing someone who does DUI defense is going to make them more likely to get in trouble.
Let me start off by saying that’s ridiculously dumb. Do you think when you go make a will that you are going to be more likely to die? Of course not. Same goes with meeting, getting to know, and having access to a DUI lawyer. The information they give you could be the difference between getting off scott-free and fighting just to stay out of jail.
So, the next time you meet a criminal attorney, don’t run the other direction. Get to know them. Get their card. Ask them questions about what you should and shouldn’t do if you ever find yourself behind the eight ball. And for goodness sake, don’t run the other way. Criminal defense is not only one of the most tricky areas of the law, it is the one where you are most likely to be taken advantage of for not knowing the rules (the cops usually don’t ask if you’d like to do something, they just start telling you, whether you actually are obligated to do it or not).