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December 2009 , Page 5 

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Fast Food Justice (From the President)

By Cynthia Hujar Orr

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It is just a misdemeanor driving while impaired (DWI) case. Easy does it, anyone just out of law school can handle it. Just plead it out for probation, no problem. But it is a problem — a very big problem. The consequences of a DWI/DUI conviction are far-reaching. Commercial license holders lose the ability to earn a living. Law school graduates confront obstacles with the board of law examiners certifying their fitness to practice. Then firms refuse to hire them because they do not want to take on a lawyer with a drinking problem. Secondary and postgraduate programs reject persons with DWI convictions. The cost of automobile insurance increases. An expensive and unreliable ignition interlock device is required equipment in order to drive. And do not forget the costs of a lawyer, fines, court costs, and classes. DWI defendants can lose their jobs, families, and reputations.

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

Some defense lawyers cut their teeth on DWI cases because these cases are seen as insubs

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