Often, people ask us how we can possibly represent "those horrible drunk drivers." While clearing out old emails on my office computer this afternoon, I got a serious blast from the past. It was an email from a client from 2009. She said this:
If you have a moment I would love to take this opportunity to tell you something I've been meaning to get around to. I became your client on May 8, 2009. Which was the day that I got out of jail for my second DUI. On our first meeting you gave me the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and urged me to go to AA meetings for 90 days in a row and read that book. And so I did. I haven't found it necessary to pick up a drink since May 7, 2009. I am eternally grateful for your services and for that day. I also know a few other people with similar stories that trace back to you and the wonderful people that work in your office. You are truly a saint, you have a unique way of using attraction rather than promotion to your advantage, if you hadn't presented it to me like that's what would get me off the hook, I'm not sure I would have gone. I believe that God works through people and he most definitely works through you. It wasn't long before I started going to meetings for myself. Then I got a sponsor and started working the steps, I have a wonderful home group, and I do tons of service. I pretty much only keep the company of other sober alcoholics. And today I am employed at the XXXXXXX on University Parkway after having not been working for about 8 months last year. I am in school to be a dental assistant which I am extremely excited about, and I start legally driving again tomorrow!! I am so happy and I feel extremely blessed. As far as I'm concerned my life had a new beginning on that fateful day that I walked into your office. My heart swells with gratitude and I'm afraid the words thank you don't quite cover it. I'll give it a shot anyhow, Thank you so very much. I just thought it appropriate to give you a little update and express my appreciation.
At the Hudson Law Office, we try to beat every case. But we are realistic. Only Matlock wins them all. We try to get the best achievable result with the facts our client brings to us. When the client is on a second (or third) DUI, that often means getting them help with the underlying alcohol problem.
We are proud to say that communications like the above from former clients are not that unusual. We take no credit for being "saints," but we are proud to be able to enter people's lives at a critical moment when a little nudge might make a big difference in their futures.