Most lawyers that I know like to talk to people. More importantly, they enjoy helping their clients with their legal issues. One of the many dilemmas that attorneys encounter is when a person contacts them seeking legal advice when they have not been hired. The general public thinks a lawyer can answer any legal question presented to them. It happens to all of us whether it be while getting a haircut, having a drink at a bar, or making small talk at a party. Ever since I started blogging people think that they simply email or telephone me with their legal issue and I will be able to answer them. More frustrating is when the requests come from people that have already retained an attorney, but are seeking a second opinion. It seems to me that these intelligent people realize that their lawyer may not be as well versed in criminal law as they had let on initially. That leads them to seek alternative counsel when the have lost their faith in the lawyer they have chosen. For example, one gentleman wanted to bring me his DWI video so I could tell him if he should proceed to trial. Another woman contacted me because she had researched alternative sentencing for her son and ran across an article I had written about pretrial diversions . She wanted to know if I could advise her on how to put a pretrial diversion packet together. Others just send an email and state "can you please read this and advise me." Unfortunately, this is not how it works. If you have someone representing you that lawyer should have a better grasp of the facts surrounding your criminal case. A quick rundown by you on the phone or via email does not allow me to advise you. When lawyers state that they provide a free consultation it is not synonymous with providing free legal services. It gets even trickier when someone already has representation. I am not a "Jack Shepherd" type that will tell you that I can fix your problems without properly investigating your particular case.
I understand the need to further educate oneself on a particular issue online. I routinely turn to the Internet when confronted with a medical issue for example. Nevertheless, that does not mean I email a doctor that I have not established a relationship with to get their medical opinion. Undoubtedly, if I did the Doctor would certainly not be able to properly advise me until she/he understood my full medical history and ascertained the full facts of my medical condition.
If you want to talk to a DWI Attorney that will listen to your issues with compassion please contact me, Herman Martinez at 713-242-1779.