Jacksonville, FL asked in DUI / DWI for Georgia

Q: How crooked are the court systems? Do attorneys that work hand and hand with prosecutors get cases dismissed or reduced?

Have an attorney who promised me an outcome and was bragging about knowing the judge and prosecutor

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Glenn T. Stern
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: It's always better to have a good relationship over a bad one with someone when it comes to trying to work problems out. That's true in life and in the law. That being said, I generally do not believe in a "crooked system" where lawyers and prosecutors are collaborating to reduce and dismiss cases in which the facts and law don't support it. Of course, it's possible that there is a secret crooked lawyer system out there and they simply have not invited me into their group--but I don't think so.

My law school ethics teacher, the late William Reece Smith Jr. warned us students to run for the hills from any attorney promising results based on the fact that they were "good friends" with the prosecutor/judge/whomever. It was good advice when I received it 25 years ago--and it's still good advice today!

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