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A real-life, actual drug, DUI, traffic, family, business litigation, personal injury and real estate lawyer from New Jersey was recently arrested for possession of pure MDMA and trespass. And while drug lawyers get arrested all the time on drug charges (nothing unusual there), this guy's charges are a bit more unique than the usual drug lawyer drug bust.
The attorney was found by police asleep and disoriented in his car, in someone else's driveway, sans pants, and wearing a black shirt and black high heel shoes. And if that wasn't odd enough, his description matched an earlier report where a man wearing no pants and high heels barged into another person's home, seemingly (hopefully) by mistake. Though one can only hope that he barged in fabulously, thankfully he left without further incident at the residence after realizing it was not the right place.
For this fashion forward-less and sleepy lawyer, the attention he is receiving is not the kind anyone ever hopes to receive. While individuals should be free to express themselves how they choose, expression cuts both ways, and for attorneys, sometimes those cuts can really hurt.
What the attorney was doing all dressed up and asleep in his car has quickly become the subject of much online speculation. And sadly, there has been much online vitriol due to the fact that many people still harbor biases against others for certain life choices they make or just for who they are.
Unfortunately, scrubbing an embarrassing episode like this clean from the internet isn't always possible, and this attorney may have left a lasting internet legacy that stays well beyond any attorney discipline or criminal discipline, if any, that he receives in the end.
The attorney may not have been seeking to get a better understanding of his clients' experiences, but given that he practices criminal law and has a focus on drug and traffic matters, it would seem that his own case could really help him understand his clients better.
After all, isn't there an expression about driving a mile in someone else's shoes?
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