Sunday, October 31, 2010
A few months ago, I filed a Motion for Contempt and Motion for Sums Due and Owing for a female client whose ex-husband was over $8,000 behind in child support. He failed to show up for trial, so I got an Order of Commitment from the Judge. Basically, the Judge signed a warrant for the guy's arrest with an order that the guy had to post the full $8,000+ in back child support before he would be released from jail. Fast forward to last week...Mr. I don't Show Up for Court or Pay My Child Support decided to do a U-Turn in the middle of Brentwood near the Galleria and got pulled over. And guess what Mr. Brentwood Police Officer found when he ran his license.....DING! DING! DING! A big fat warrant for his arrest! Amazingly, Mr. I don't Show Up for Court or Pay My Child Support coughed up the $8,000+ within 24 hours of his arrest, my client got her money, and I am now her hero....Talk about one expensive U-Turn. Bet he doesn't make that mistake twice.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
One of my first criminal clients was a woman who had been charged with prostitution. I was taken aback when I first walked out into the reception area to greet her because she looked like one of my cousins. She wasn't thank God. She also brought her 3 week old baby with her. I brought her back to my office and began discussing the charge against her. I had never represented anyone on prostitution before so I had to excuse myself to ask my boss what we would charge to represent her. When I came back into my office, she had her shirt off and was breast feeding the baby. But that isn't what shocked me the most. As I walked back around my desk to sit down, she reached down into the diaper bag, pulled out a 40 ounce can of Milwaukee's Best and started drinking. And that's when I decided it was time to show her the door....
For years now, I have said that I needed to start keeping a journal of all the crazy stuff I have seen and heard from clients and in the courthouse...so, I have finally got around to creating a blog to record all the craziness that I witness on a daily basis. I hope to post a few stories a week. Some will be from my early beginnings as a lawyer and some will be from present day. I hope you enjoy my life as a lawyer.