'If You're an Octogenarian Defendant Whose Arthritis Is Acting Up, Press 8'
We can only hope that "COPS: Naughty Grannies 4" was filming when 86-year-old Jeanne Marie Owens-Libby was arrested at her home in Ft. Myers, Fla., for failure to appear on a traffic warrant after leaving the scene of an accident. Grandma Jeanne apparently wasn't feeling well, and got tangled in recorded messages and automated systems when she tried to call the courthouse to say she couldn't make her court date. Who could blame her for getting fed up and just saying, "F*@k it, I'm 86, I don't have time for this crap?"
While nobody loves old lady mugshots more than me, the real kicker here is the use of this story by the Florida DUI Traffic Ticket Lawyer Blog, maintained by Ft. Myers firm Finebloom & Haenel. Click on some of those links in the blog posting. Fantastic use of the Web by lawyers. My favorite: the link to fightyourftmyersarrest.com. That pop-up lawyer will haunt my dreams, man.
Exploring the firm's Web site further is, well, fun. David Haenel (his name is David, and he's here to help you) seems to have recorded a three-minute video discussing just about every vehicle-related offense, giving a fair bit of information on the potential penalties under Florida law and, of course, suggesting that viewers retain his firm if charged. I've gotta say, he seems to know a lot about the Doppler principle and tuning forks:
If Ms. Owens-Libby had just hired Finebloom and Haenel, she probably wouldn't have had to show up in court at all. You're never too old to learn a valuable lesson, and I'm sure Jeanne will call Mr. Haenel when, after her license is suspended, she gets caught driving anyway, because, f*@k it, she's 86.
Posted by Eric Lipman on February 10, 2010 at 12:39 PM | Permalink
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