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Bogus Lawyers And Attorneys On The Loose

Beware: fake lawyers and attorneys are everywhere. People read about it on papers, watch it on late-night news, but still many fall into the trap set by these crooks. Well, it is interesting to note that these fakes are as good as they can get. Most of the time, they possess the power of the gab and exhibit linguistic knowledge in lawyer lingo and stuff but these don't mean they're authentic. These wannabes often win the trust of clients because they claim to be an alumni of such and such prestigious law universities. They also brag about their supposed excellent track record in winning the cases of their clients. Sometimes, they may also charge slightly cheaper legal fees to attract clients. Now, clients who are gullible enough would instantly entrust them their life and death cases with high hopes of winning. For ordinary folks, fake lawyers and attorneys can be extremely hard to tell, or sometimes, clients notice the signs only too late -- when the client gets to spend the rest of his waking hours in jail (even if he's innocent) and waste a fortune paying a bogus lawyers.

Well, I don't know anyone who is willing to be tricked by these boguses so I guess everyone wants to stay away from fake lawyers and attorneys at all cost. I read about this fake female lawyer in Prattville who was actually just a mere sophomore student in a law school. She passed herself as a practicing lawyer and represented her sister in court. I don't know if she was just desperate to save her sister from criminal offenses for substance abuse or she wanted her sister to save money for legal fees. This bogus lawyer, Melissa Kent, was on a bad luck because the judge officiating the case turned out to be the very same judge who sentenced her guilty of dope charges a few years ago. Also, the lawyers from the other side of the fence noticed Kent's somewhat unprofessional demeanor. For sure, a lawyer sporting nail polish in wild color is one thing to arouse suspicion. But then, lawyers initially dismissed the notion thinking Kent is a practicing lawyer in other state. When confronted, Kent immediately confessed she was, indeed, a fake.

Fake lawyer Kent's offense only costed her a three-day jail term and a whopping $1,000 bond, maybe because she didn't attempt to further salvage her case by insisting she's a real lawyer. She was at least honest enough to admit her misdemeanor up front. However, the judge, lawyers and attorneys conducting the case were naturally appalled for the time dealing with a bogus lawyer. It was a good thing her client was a family member (but investigations showed her sister is oblivious with Kent's stunts). However, people should remember that based on this case, when it comes to legal services, it is best to research or ask friends for references. While there are several lawyers and attorneys who very well know how to defend a client for the win, there are also fakes who are just out to leave clients with regret and displeasure.

Submitted by:

Jason Murphy

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