The Houston Press has written an exposé on the kind of lawyer that makes drunk Texans proud. DWI specialist Tyler Flood is revealed in all his glory as the Press discusses why he is so skilled at helping drunk drivers in their time of need:
“Listen, most of the people we get off are intoxicated. But that’s the justice system,” [Tyler Flood] says. “I’ve always thought people would be very concerned if they knew what we were doing.”
Really? You think people would be concerned by your practice of setting drunk drivers free to careen down the streets of your city? Who would have a problem with that?
More from Flood after the jump.
Flood probably wouldn’t be so successful if Houston area prosecutors didn’t suck:
Attorneys like Flood make their good living on shredding the baby prosecutors who in Houston use DWI trials to cut their teeth. “It’s not hard to win sometimes. You can kind of prey on them a little bit,” Flood says.
Your tax dollars, hard at work.
Everybody is of course entitled to a competent defense. And another prominent DWI defense attorney, Doug Murphy, suggests Texas lawmen are targeting wealthy drunkards:
Murphy claims cops target people driving nice cars or from nice bars for DWI arrests, hoping they’ll pay to fight in court, which brings extra overtime. He keeps handy a 2006 Houston Chronicle article that found one DWI officer making more than $100,000 of overtime in a single year. DWI lawyers say they now get a huge chunk of business from Washington Avenue. (They should get another boost from the 1,200 convictions that will be revisited now that a Texas Department of Public Safety employee was caught faking breathalyzer inspection records.)
That’s a good argument. But aren’t we fundamentally talking about drunk people driving cars and potentially injuring or killing people? Attorneys like Flood aren’t exactly dealing with a sympathetic clientele.
But hey, lawyers gotta eat too.
Getting Off [Houston Press]