When I’m at a cocktail party and someone asks me what I do for a living, and I tell them that I defend drinking drivers, the conversation often ends quickly. One reason lawyers and in particular criminal defense lawyers, and even more in particular, lawyers who represent “drunk drivers” are so unpopular is because our role in the system is so misunderstood.
I have written on this topic before, but I had to share this quote. It may be almost thirty years old, and it may be written by a judge in a state other than Michigan, but the sentiment still applies.
It is the essence of our adversary system that each litigant have the assistance of a lawyer who is prepared, if it be appropriate, to defy hell on his or her client’s behalf.
To many, the lawyer is a mere extension of the will of the client. The client wishes to pursue certain ends but is without technical, legal skills. The lawyer provides those skills. He is in a sense a conduit through which the client pursues his ends. The lawyer at once is both highly partisan and completely neutral. He aggressively pursues the ends of his client, yet he remains personally indifferent to those ends.
A lawyer is and must be the ultimate advocate. He speaks for and in the interest of his client. He seizes every fair advantage available to his client. And when his client is on the ropes, the lawyer, standing alone if need be, is that one person who, in the interest of his client, skillfully defies the state, the opposing litigant, or whoever threatens. The lawyer is prepared to stand against the forces of hell though others see that as his client’s just dessert. He assures all adversaries, in the vernacular of the streets, “You may get my client but you’re got to come through me first.”
If the lawyer is to perform these vital functions, he must be unfettered, he must in the course of his advocacy be indulged freedom from prior restraints, even when he skates close to the edge.
Thornton v. Breland 441 So.2d 1348, 1350 (1983).
If you’re facing a drunk driving charge, and you’d like to know how I can be the one person, standing alone, who can skillfully defy the state in your behalf, contact us today!
Once you hire the Barone Defense Firm you can tell the police “you may get to me but you’re going to have to go through the Barone Defense Firm first!”