...but I need to vent about it anyway.
Client's girlfriend calls me and asks me if I'm her boyfriend's D.A. See, there's a problem when clients (and their families) use a little law lingo, thinking they sound smart, when, in fact, talking about things you don't know about can end up hurting you.
Anyway, I explain to her that I'm not a D.A., that I'm a defense attorney, and she says "Yeah, that's what I said. You're the D.A." Hmmm... I can see how you think those initials work out... So, I explain that the D.A. is the one who tries to put people in jail, I'm the one who tries to get them out. It's not getting through, so I move on and ask her how I can help her.
And client's girlfriend asks me how she can go about getting him a... wait for it... "Real Lawyer."
I didn't want to, but I felt that I had to inform her that I am, in fact a real lawyer. (Sometimes I'm tempted to just say "Yeah, you're right, a real lawyer would probably be a lot more helpful.")
Anyway, I tell her that I am a real lawyer (and even hold back from saying, "What am I, imaginary?"), and she replied, "Well, I don't know. Because my friend who knows a lot about criminal law (read: gets arrested a lot) told me that it's much better to have a real lawyer."
At this point, I'm not going to argue with her (since, she apparently knows so much about criminal law), so I give her the number for a lawyer referral service.
Then she asks me what she should say when she calls.
So, I said, "You should tell them that you're looking for a real lawyer to handle your boyfriend's 3 misdemeanor marijuana sale cases."
And she told me, "He wasn't arrested for that."
Oh crap. All of the sudden I wonder if I've been talking to the wrong person. I didn't have his file in front of me, I just thought I remembered the client.
But then she said "No, he was arrested for Criminal Sale of Marijuana in the Fourth Degree."
Oh. Yeah. What's that saying? A little knowledge is a dangerous thing? Yeah, that's the one.