I have two children: Alexander, 5 years old and Nicholas, 3 years old. If you go to my Facebook page, you will find that they are pretty much the center of my life. Alex came into this world with me sprinting down the Emergency Room hallway to the operating room watching the Doctor (who I still would hug today if I saw him) yanking my wife left and right on the operating table in the middle of an emergency C-Section. He had managed to wrap the umbilical cord around his neck twice and was being choked to death.
As criminal defense attorneys, my law partner and I are in court every single day. That is not an exaggeration. Many times we will be in three or four courthouses before lunch. That is when the “normal” reappearances usually take place. Trials and contested hearings are set in the afternoon by most Judges. As a result, we are seldom sitting at our desks. And even when we are sitting at our desks, we are not just waiting for the phone to ring.
A person charged with a felony is usually going through one of two things when I meet with them the first time. Either they are so in shock and fear that they literally have no idea of what to do to help themselves or they are so laid back that I want to check for a pulse. I have given up trying to predict which of my clients will do what. I have to change my approach on each of my clients. The main things I try to concentrate on is making sure they are educated on what is going to happen and to immediately start working on their defense.
As a criminal defense attorney, I come across all sorts of people. That is one of the most interesting things about my work at MRD Lawyers. I come to meet people that consider a misdemeanor the end of their world. A life-altering black smear on their life’s existence. I also encounter the exact opposite. A person that thinks that a minor infraction like this is just a slow Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri. Not a big deal at all.
I get asked this question all of the time: Will I have to go to Court on my speeding ticket when I hire you as my criminal defense lawyer? There is a short answer and then a longer answer.
Well, that certainly seems like the easiest thing to do, right? The Springfield Police Officer just gave you a ticket for speeding. Or maybe it was Greene County or a Highway Patrolman. They were a nice guy and lowered the speed from 20 over to 16 over. That cut you a huge break, right? They offered to let you just take care of it by sending money in with the envelope that they handed you with the citation. Just get it done and over with, right?
You are late for a meeting. The kids did not move fast enough this morning and you are running behind. What is the worst thing that could happen? That’s right… You see the lights and hear the siren behind you. You are about ready to get a present from your friendly Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The worst possible time. That is when it is going to happen to you. Driving to work and you are late. Worse yet, driving with your kids in the car. Regular traffic stop. Maybe driving a little over the speed limit and then BOOM. You are arrested on an outstanding warrant for your arrest.