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Defense Attorney, David O, Answers Your DUI Questions and More – Part 2

Let’s continue with more commonly asked questions by clients.  Want to read Part 1, link here.

 

Frequently Asked DUI Questions and More – Part 2

Q.  I was arrested and charged with a crime, yet I haven’t received a court date in the mail, what does this mean?

A.  There are a few possible answers to this question; 1) The city, county, or state is still processing the charge and your case will be filed at a later date.  Once filed they will mail you your court date.  They have up to 2 years to do this.  2)  The city, county, or state did mail your court date notice but they did not have your current address.  If you miss your first court date, the judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest.  Make sure the city, county, or state, and the department of licensing has your correct mailing address.

 

Q.  What is an arraignment?

A.  The first appearance in court is called the “arraignment” or  “arraignment hearing.” At this hearing the individual charged with a crime will be formally told of the crime(s) he or she is accused of and will be advised of their rights.  Additionally, the judge will want to hear the individual plead guilty or not guilty. I strongly encourage every client to plead not guilty at the arraignment hearing.

 

Q.  I just found out I have a bench warrant out for my arrest, what do I do?

A.  If you have a bench warrant out for your arrest, you must have missed a court date or failed to comply with court orders.  Contact me right away so I can make a motion to quash your bench warrant.  When a warrant is quashed it means it has been overturned and no longer in effect.  Generally a judge will quash a bench warrant if you have a valid reason for violating the court order.  If you choose to ignore the bench warrant, it will continue to be in effect and at anytime you could be arrested and taken into custody.

 

Q.  Why should I hire David O Defense for legal representation?

A.  I know I am among the top criminal defense lawyers in this state.  What sets me apart from the other top criminal defense attorneys is my focus and attention to my clients as a whole.  I truly care about my clients and their case outcomes.  I will work harder to achieve the best possible outcome.  Additionally, I make myself available to my clients 24/7 by phone, text, or email, and am willing to travel to my clients if needed.  Lastly, we allow for flexible payment plans to be budget friendly.

 

Have more questions, no problem, give me a call or send me an email, I would be happy to answer them 206-459-6392 or david@davidodefense.com.

Hehe Haha – Funny Clean Lawyer Jokes

I take my job as a criminal defense lawyer very seriously but sometimes it’s fun to “poke” at your own profession a little bit.  It’s well-known that a good laugh is good for one’s health and having a sense of humor about things can make life a little easier.

So here are some fun, clean lawyer jokes to help lighten your day.

Lawyer Jokes

Lawyer JokesIf a lawyer is talking in the forest, and no one is around to hear him, can he still bill for it?

What is the difference between a female lawyer and a pit bull?  – Lipstick.

A lawyer was walking down the street and saw an auto accident. He rushed over, started handing out business cards, and said, “I saw the whole thing. I’ll take either side.”

What do you call a lawyer gone bad? – A Senator.

A new client had just come in to see a famous lawyer.
“Can you tell me how much you charge?”, said the client.
“Of course”, the lawyer replied, “I charge $200 to answer three questions!”
“Well that’s a bit steep, isn’t it?”
“Yes it is”, said the lawyer, “And what’s your third question?”

What is the difference between a lawyer and a vulture? – A lawyer can earn frequent flyer miles.

How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?  – Three.  One to climb the ladder, one lawyer to shake it, and one to sue the ladder company.

How do you get a group of lawyers to smile for a photo? – Ask them to say “Fees!”

How does a lawyer sleep?  – First she lies on one side and then she lies on the other.

“You seem to be in some distress,” said the kindly judge to the witness. “Is anything the matter?”
“Well, your Honor,” said the witness, “I swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but every time I try, some lawyer objects.”

Attorney David O discusses 3 Cases, and why they were Significant.

With each case, I try to become an even better DUI and criminal defense attorney than I was before.  I reflected back on some cases and I wanted to summarize why those cases were significant to me, and how each case made me stronger as an attorney.

1.  I represented an elderly man who was charged with assault 2nd degree-domestic violence. The alleged victim was his wife of over 30+ years. This case was significant because it demonstrated how important it is to conduct a thorough investigation. The case involved interviewing several witnesses not identified in the police reports, specifically, all of client’s children. At the end of the investigation we discovered the alleged victim had been suffering from paranoia and delusions that were undiagnosed prior to our investigation.  The case was dismissed.

2.  I represented a young woman charged with DUI. This case was significant to me because it demonstrated how important it is to have effective client meetings to discuss their case and their objectives. I learned to not simply believe everything in the police report to be true and accurate but to get the client’s perspective on what happened on the night of the incident. In my opinion, to effectively represent a client there must be a meaningful meeting with the client to go over discovery and explore evidentiary and legal issues. This case ultimately went to jury trial because the prosecutor did not believe my client’s defense to DUI, specifically, that she drank alcohol after driving and before law enforcement initiated their investigation. The verdict was not guilty.

3.  I represented a young client charged with a VUCSA, specifically possession of heroin. This case was significant to me because it showed me the importance of building trust between me and my client and how it takes time to develop a relationship and how understanding will eventually grow into respect and a deeper trust. My client still battles with his addiction to heroin and has good days and unfortunately some bad. He is currently being held in custody and will undergo treatment when released. He is expecting his first child in a couple of months and really wants to get clean for himself and his son.

Career improvement is never-ending… I will continue to strive to be the best attorney I can be.

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