Sunday, November 20, 2005

There Needs to be a Law

I apologize to any of you who are good lawyers. I realize there really is such a thing. I actualy know one or two. Unfortunately, more often than not we hear the bad stories... we've heard what poor Livey has gone through with all her troubles, and now it's hit closer to home.

Youngest son, his girlfriend, a close friend of his and his date went to the 'big city' last night. The friend was driving. After dinner, they were pulled over by the police. Evidently the plates were run, as they do, and the next thing they knew the driver was being arrested. Why? Because he missed a court date he never knew he had.

A few weeks ago he'd gotten a DWI. I'm not saying that's a good thing. It's not. It's not good at all and I'm glad he got a ticket and there was no accident caused and no one was hurt. He hired a lawyer, and was going to fight the ticket. I don't remember the exact circumstances, but he evidently had a case. At any rate, he'd given the lawyer a hefty retainer and all was going to be taken care of.

What happens? The kid gets a letter from his lawyer saying they had a court date, but the kid doesn't get it until after the date! He can't get ahold of the lawyer, and! He's in jail for failure to appear. $10,000 bail. Can you believe it? Of course, on a Sunday when you can't get a cashiers check or cash for bail... and who wants to hand over $1000 to a bail bondsman only to get pissed away just to get out 24 hours sooner? I'm sorry, that's cracked!

His parents gave up on him along time ago, so guess we're going to try and help him out. Hubby's on the warpath to find this lawyer and be sure a complaint gets turned into the powers that be about this guy. Can you imagine? The very guy you are supposed to have on your side is the one that causes you to be where you are. As Hubby says, in this day and age of cell phones (yes, the kid has one) there is no excuse for this lawyer not to have gotten in touch with him and let him know about his court date. Then, you get put into the jail and 1) you can make as many calls as you want but 2) it's a payphone and they've taken away all your money. Think on that one... nuts, huh?

Oh, hell... I'm thankful it's not my kid, but still... I really feel for the kid. He's a good kid and certainly didn't need this...