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Why Does the Public Have a Negative Opinion of Lawyers?

February 11, 2011 1 comment

Without a doubt, I’m sure that you have heard jokes about lawyers. You may even have a few of your own. My question is why do people have such a negative opinion of lawyers?

Since I’ve become an attorney, I have listened to the horror stories of several disgruntled individuals who have fired their lawyer and needed someone else to handle their case. While I haven’t kept track of their complaints, there were a few common threads that stuck with me:

  1. Poor Communication. By far the biggest complaint that I have heard from people is that their lawyer did not return their phone calls.
  2. They Charged Me Too Much Money.
  3. They Didn’t “Fight” For Me.

Please comment with your thoughts on this topic.

Teen arrested after shining laser in pilot’s eyes – CNN.com

February 9, 2011 1 comment

Teen arrested after shining laser in pilot’s eyes – CNN.com.

As reported in the article, there were more than 100 cases of laser pointers being shined in cockpits around LAX in 2010. At this time, Michigan does not have a statute that criminalizes this behavior. However, in 1998 the City of Dearborn enacted an ordinance making it a misdemeanor to harass someone with a laser pointer.

A bill, “Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act,” has been introduced four times in the U.S. Congress, however has yet to be enacted. If enacted, it would make it a federal crime to shine a laser pointer into the cockpit of an airplane, punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine.

21-year-olds provided alcohol to Holt crash victims, prosecutor says | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

21-year-olds provided alcohol to Holt crash victims, prosecutor says | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com.

If convicted, the three charged by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office face a prison sentence of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000.00 on each count. 

Individuals should be very aware and take great responsibility when any guest consumes alcohol at their home. This area of law is commonly referred to as “social host liability.” Statutes and court case addressing this issue vary across the U.S. In Michigan, criminal liability applies only if a minor is involved, like the case above. Similarly in Michigan, a social host is liable only if alcohol is provided to a minor. 

In order to be proactive and avoid any potential liability, individuals who host a party where alcohol is being served should: 

  • Make sure no minors are served (ask for their driver’s license).
  • If possible, host the event at a bar or restaurant so that a bartender or waitress is responsible for checking identification or overserving.
  • Provide everything except the liquor, and host a cash bar – this removes you from being accused overserving guests.
  • Discourage guests from drinking excessively.
  • Stop serving anyone who appears visibly intoxicated.