Greatest Myth of the Self-Anointed Legal Dilettante

If you are a public figure in Acadiana, you receive special treatment in the legal system.

False.

I cannot speak for concert passes, stadium seating or invitations for recreational activity, but when it comes to arrests for criminal activity, particular those involving drinking and driving, the absolute worst case scenario is to be a person deemed a “public figure”.  Who might fit in that category?  Just about anyone who has ever been elected, appointed or provided public or community service of any nature.  Big list?  Yes, it can include way too many people.

Why no special treatment?

The DA’s are elected officials.  The judges who preside over OWI cases are elected officials.  In the press, they are never complimented for doing a good job, adhering to their oath of office or following the Constitution.  Think about it, the only time you hear anything about them if there is a complaint about them doing their job.  While a DA can speak publically about his role and a limited amount regarding certain aspects of a particular case, judges are restricted from giving any comment.  They are ethically forbidden from giving their side of the story.

So, if there is a chance to broadcast a story where limited facts are available and two parties in the process are restricted in what they can say (like prosecutors, defense attorneys have certain restrictions as well), and the presiding judge can say nothing, what do you think that their mind set is when they are presented the problems of a public figure?  Stay as far away from media coverage as possible.  How do you best stay away?  No quarter.  No breaks.  No favor.

Contrary to general public opinion, it is infinitely harder to represent any individual who may be considered a public figure.  The pressures and scrutiny placed on those in the legal system produce innumerable obstacles for the client and the defense attorney.

Don’t expect any favors.  Expect the opposite.

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