Here’s a good reason – if you needed one in the first place – not to shop for lawyers on big referral sites. This gem comes from ZipcodeZ.com. Bear in mind that they are supposedly trying to sell you on the value of using one of the lawyers that has paid to be listed on their site:

At first glance, it may seem like a lawyer who represents drunk drivers is the biggest slime ball on the face of the earth, but the truth is not that simple. 

 

“Notthat simple”. Apparently it’s close. But not quite accurate. Later on we learn that…

 

…on the slimier side of things, DUI lawyers can and do get cases thrown out of court when the police or the prosecution fail to follow procedure.  While it may seem horrible that actual drunk drivers go unpunished, it is important to keep in mind that all citizens have rights whether or not they have broken the law. 

 

True. Plus here’s a big one you left out: some folks that get arrested for DWI aren’t actually guilty because they weren’t intoxicated.

 

That’s what happens when police departments institute an arrest-everyone-and-sort-it-out-later policy.

 

[Update: Taking a look at the lawyers listed for Austin in this particular internet directory I’m actually fairly certain that not all of them – and perhaps none of them – are paying for this listing. Still the point remains the same. That is …assuming I had one.]

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  • DUI lawyers can and do get cases thrown out of court when the police or the prosecution fail to follow procedure. While it may seem horrible that actual drunk drivers go unpunished, it is important to keep in mind that all citizens have rights whether or not they have broken the law.

  • Lawyers who know how to try cases are the only protection against officers who overcharge.