How are DUI Defendants Treated by the Court System
Interviewer: How should people expect to be treated by the courts and the judges? Are they the devilincarnate or are they treated at least somewhat fairly?
Dale: My clients are treated fairly and treated with respect because I make certainthat the court knows these people are respectable citizens. At worst, they made amistake. That’s the worst thing that they’ve done.
In most the courts where I am representing clients, I observe that my clients are afforded a great deal of respect as well as a great deal of understanding from the courts.
Interviewer: Would you say that because you’ve been around these judges, prosecutors and court personnel for so long that you are afforded a higher level level of respect than younger attorneys?
Dale: I just think it’s the way of human nature. Once you get to know someone, you feel more comfortable with them. Especially if you’ve built credibility with other people, which I always do. I never try to act in an underhanded fashion in the court. I will zealously advocate my client’s rights, but I would never do anything dishonest and the courts know that. My professionalism has gone a long way toward building up my believability in court.
Interviewer: The thing is, it also speaks to the fact that, you know if someone’s unscrupulous and they come see you and they just want representation, you’re not essentially the equivalent of a mob lawyer. You have discretion on who you’re going to accept as a client, right?
Dale: That is true. It’s the people that have unrealistic goals, I just, I will not take their case. We’ll say, I’ll pay you $10,000 if you can guarantee me I’ll get off. Sorry, there are no guarantees in this business. All I can tell you is what I will do, and I will do everything that I can on your behalf.