Hey, did you hear the one about the criminal defense attorney who had to go to traffic court?
Yeah, the story goes like this. She shows up in traffic court, and I guess she figures, "Hey, I'm a PD, I'm friends with some court officers where I appear in court, maybe I can get myself out of here quick..." She approaches a court officer and says, "Hey, I'm a PD, I'm missing court, do you think you could get me out of here quick?"
"Ha!" The court officer laughs. "A P.D.? You'll wait till the end of the day." And, with that, the court officer took her ticket and put it at the bottom of the pile.
The attorney, not easily deterred, then stood up and addressed everyone who was waiting in the courtroom. "Can I have your attention please? I'm a defense attorney and I've just been informed that I will be here all day. Therefore, if anyone wants a free attorney today, please follow me into the hall and give me your information." The attorney proceeded to gum up the works by helping each person and standing up on every case, citing rules and laws that were unheard of in lowly traffic court. The court, which usually closed in the morning, remained open all day. Tickets that were routinely paid had to be dismissed.
And that, my friends, was the last time any defense attorney had to wait in traffic court in that city.