40+ Lawyers Share Legal Fails They Encountered

image caption: Legal fails that lawyers have encountered

Lawyers watch the funniest or the most ridiculous things unfold at court. A Reddit user asked the lawyers a question, “Lawyers of Reddit, what’s the worst way you’ve seen a person screw over someone else in court, whether it be criminal, civil, or divorce proceedings?” The answers are bound to shock you, make you laugh and even think twice before you utter anything again. We have compiled a few of them. Take a look.

The Confident Truck Thief

Lawyers try their best to save their clients from a sentence but this guy seems like he just does not care. Who knows what the guy was actually thinking about! The best theory you can probably consider is that he is trying to prove his innocence.

The Confident Truck Thief

He could say that he found the truck on a highway somewhere and decided to bring it right back. If this was an ideal world, the judge would probably let him go by asking him to go look for the two other trucks too.

Mommy Knows Best

When people divorce, it is never the children’s fault. So, it is a given that they should not have to suffer just because their parents did not or could not get along. It looks like this Mom could not stay away from her daughter.

Mommy Knows Best

Seeing how much time she ended up spending with her daughter, it makes total sense for her to demand full custody. It is only fair that the child gets to see her mother too.

Age of Consent Imprinted Forever

Teenage pregnancies are not unheard of but this case sounds really sad. Your heart almost goes out to the girl who has chosen to be a mother at the tender age of 14. She may have to give up on her dreams.

Age of Consent Imprinted Forever

On the other hand, the jury in Texas seems to have given a really cool and apt punishment for this offender. At least he will have enough to think about when he is in prison.

Client Convicts Himself

All courtroom dramas have one thing in common – A lawyer asking their client to shut up and let them do the talking so that they do not mess things up. But this client seems to be so full of guilt that they could not give his lawyer a win no matter how good she was.

Client Convicts Himself

After making a great case, he convicted himself by apologising. No wonder she threw all her papers at him. Her frustration seems justified.

The Child’s Fault?

Women have taken the blame for men committing crimes for a long time. However, blaming a child, who is only 10 years old, is beyond ridiculous. How can he even think about saying what he said?

The Child’s Fault?

Also, what did he think would happen after blaming the child? He deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. At least, all other children on this planet will be protected from him.

DVD Copy Protection Unlocked

If you still have trouble understanding the phrase ‘Digging your own grave,’ this example will best explain it to you. The legal team of Motion Picture Association does not seem very smart. Wonder how they were hired in the first place.

DVD Copy Protection Unlocked

Looks like all the hackers in the world now have the exact code needed to break DVD copy protection. Post this lawsuit, there might have been quite many pirated DVDs doing the rounds.

Shocked Lawyer, Cool Doctor

It must have been really cool to have a Dad so confident and suave. Did people in the people in the courtroom laugh like they do in sitcoms? Maybe the judge laughed a little too. Looks like the lawyer did not do his homework well.

Shocked Lawyer, Cool Doctor

If the writer of this post was ever to write a book, this one scene would be a legendary chapter, mostly because it happened IRL. Why do people waste the court’s time with frivolous lawsuits anyway?

The Dignified Surgeon

Doctors have a tough job. Surgeons have it even tougher. But when people throw unfair accusations and take them to court even when they are doing a fabulous job, your heart just goes out to them.

The Dignified Surgeon

In addition, they end up wasting the court’s time when this time could be utilized for more important cases. But this surgeon seems to be really cool, especially with the way he responded – calmly and in a dignified manner.

The Impulsive Wife

This wife seems to act before thinking. If not about herself, she should have thought about her child. Thanks to her immaturity and impulsive behavior, the kid has to suffer too. And that is just not fair.

The Impulsive Wife

Now there is nothing she can do and has to live as a waitress until she can afford her own place. Although, it makes us wonder what kind of job the man had. Aren’t you curious too?

He Ignored Advice From His Lawyer and Judge

When you need to get elaborate carpentry work done in your house, it is always a good idea to get a professional do the job rather than doing it yourself and making a bigger mess. Similarly, if your lawyer as well as the judge advice you something, you should pay heed to it.

He Ignored Advice From His Lawyer and Judge

This guy seems to have ignored it all and landed with a conviction. He seems like the kind of guy who would also do his own carpentry and live in a very messy house.

As You Cheat, So Shall You Reap

It could all have been an easy battle but some people just like to complicate things. These are people who usually label their relationship status as ‘It’s Complicated’ because they just cannot do things in a simple manner.

As You Cheat, So Shall You Reap

She sounds like a terrible mother and a worse person. Not only did she cheat on her husband and kept it a secret, but she also had a kid from the other guy. The kid should just get a lawyer and sue all of them for emotional distress.

Sweatshirt of Crime

If you have seen the series 13 Reasons Why, you will see how the character Bryce dresses up in a way that can influence the court’s decision in his favor. He wore a well-tailored suit and a pair of glasses. Many other series have shown the same thing.

Sweatshirt of Crime

Wonder what happened to this guy. He just got himself convicted by wearing clothes he wore at the scene of the crime. The jury would be unwise to not have him convicted.

No Monologues Please

You know what is worse than a person committing a crime? The criminal acting like they were the victim. This is where the lawyer steps up and speaks on their behalf so that they do not end up uttering some nonsense. But this person couldn’t not just apologize and get away with a slap on the hand.

No Monologues Please

Hopefully, this person will spend enough time in prison to reflect on his actions. Besides, if he really thinks he did not wrong, he is better off in prison.

Wrong Tee to Wear to Court

Here is another person who also did not watch any series where people wear court-appropriate clothing to influence a ruling in their favor. It seems like they are asking to be put into jail.

Wrong Tee to Wear to Court

However, if they do not understand that driving while under the influence is wrong, then they do need to spend some time in prison and know better. Also, it was just bad luck that the judge was in a bad mood too.

Held in Contempt of Court

People say ‘Silence is Golden’ and it is true. Sometimes, staying silent can get you out of a lot of trouble. Take this DUI case for instance. Had the accused shut his mouth and just listened to his lawyer, he would not have had to spend 180 days in jail.

Held in Contempt of Court

But some people just prefer learning the hard way. This judge seems to have made the right decision of sending him back to the slammer.

‘Innocent’ Ube Driver

How many times have to accepted the ‘terms and conditions’ on a website without actually reading them? Don’t worry! Many are guilty of this. People who should be reading or listening to instructions before doing or saying anything are also doing this.

‘Innocent’ Ube Driver

This Uber driver is one of them. It seems like he did not listen carefully enough to the line that said that his conversations were being monitored and recorded. There goes his freedom.

The Clothes Thief

Whether it is stupidity or overconfidence, no one can tell. This thug had the audacity to show up in the judge’s stolen suit. To top it, he even confessed that it was stolen, that too from a judge’s house.

The Clothes Thief

If this person was not a criminal, they should definitely consider being a motivational speaker and teaching people how to have more confidence. They would do very well for sure and it would be legal too.

Ex-Husband Taken for Granted

It looks like she is still not over her ex-husband or she probably thought that even if she got caught, he would just let her off easy. She may have taken him for granted. It is evident now why the writer of this post may have wanted to separate from her, in the first place.

Ex-Husband Taken for Granted

You cannot use another person’s social security number, especially after you have separated from them. No wonder the judge tore her apart.

Nonchalant Client

When things seem too easy is when they are about to go terribly wrong. This case here for instance is one such example. It was an open and shut case and like the lawyer said – an easy win. All his client had to do was follow the instructions of his lawyer.

Nonchalant Client

The landlord not having an attorney was also a plus point. But the client had other plans and things clearly went south fast.

Judge Not Amused

There are times when even a lawyer feels like they are going to burst out laughing at some of the circumstances people end up in. This person’s father, who is a public defender, was in one such situation.

Judge Not Amused

It was just this guy’s luck, who was charged with drunken driving, that he ended up facing the same judge. You may be able to fool a person once, but if you try to pull the same thing again, no judge is going buy it.

No Probation for This Dude

You remember when you were in school and the teacher asked a question, the ones who knew the answer would shoot up their hands waiting for the teacher to pick them? This dude must have been one of them, except he did not know the right answer.

No Probation for This Dude

People who do substance are a nuisance to society and should not be let off with probation anyway. Bet this guy will not feel so dope in prison.

Dad Vs Son

(IANAL is I am not a lawyer.) This is a hilarious case. However, it seems like the father already knew that this would happen and gave his son his own name on purpose. Either that or he had a time travel machine and saw the future.

Dad Vs Son

So, for everyone who thinks that all fathers put their children ahead of them, here is proof that not all fathers do that. Sad, but true.

The Calm Grandpa

British Gas seemed to have messed with the wrong grandparents by taking them to court. They constantly received receipt from this company. However, the couple has done their bit by repeatedly informing BG that they did not have their connection.

The Calm Grandpa

But they have clearly fallen on deaf ears. Now, this Grandpa simply stated his case and enjoyed a day in court. He will have an interesting story to tell the world.

Confident but Not Innocent

It is surprising to see how criminals manage to be so confident and convincing about not committing a crime even when they are caught doing one. This guy clearly did not expect to have his photo sourced from anywhere.

Confident but Not Innocent

It is like they say in every movie – There is no perfect crime. Don’t you already feel better knowing that yet another criminal is now behind bars? We sure do.

The Terrible Lawyer

Some people are the worst, especially those who think they can get away with anything. So, when such people are actually punished for their behavior and are schooled by higher authorities, it just feels like all is well in the world again.

The Terrible Lawyer

To be asked to shut up by the Supreme Court is just downright insulting and it serves him right. He might just have to change his profession now.

Not in the Will

When someone passes away, people swarm like bees to know what they are entitled to receive from the will of the deceased person. This happens even when the toxic people in the family do not deserve to receive anything. Not even a single penny.

Not in the Will

The movie Knives Out is also a beautiful depiction of this example, when people are written out of the will. Furthermore, why should an abusive partner get anything at all?

Say No to Racism

Racism, in any form, should never be tolerated. Also, which era are these people still living in to be making discriminations? It is sad that such mentality still exists in this day and age.

Say No to Racism

At the time where the world is trying to unite, people like this set the pace many steps back. And, it looks like this person’s racism is so deeply ingrained that they ended up convicting themselves.

Ignorant Women End Up Homeless

Of all the people to sue, she chose to sue a lawyer. And that too her own lawyers! What was she even thinking? She should have at least thought that if a particular lawyer is defending you, they will literally know everything about you.

Ignorant Women End Up Homeless

The moral of the story is that you should honor your contracts. If you plan on suing your lawyers because you did something wrong, you will definitely not be scot free.

What is French for Shut Up?

There was no actual proof. The criminals were almost scot free. You could say that it was almost a perfect crime. But there is always one person who cannot keep his mouth shut and ended up incriminating himself.

What is French for Shut Up?

If that is what they intended to do then why did they bother hiring lawyers in the first place? Maybe this one guy wanted to save his comrades. But had he kept his mouth shut, all three of them would have walked out as free men.

Emancipated the Right Way

Children are the responsibility of children because they are the ones that bring them to this world. But there are some brats who are so entitled that they turn into ungrateful little jerks.

Emancipated the Right Way

This girl is definitely one of them and this judge’s verdict is the best one. Pick on your parents, shame on you; pick on a judge, be prepared for the worst. It is time for this girl to grown up.

Angry Mom

Dealing with your Ex’s new partner is never easy, especially when you have not found yourself a partner as well. Heated exchanges and threats are a common occurrence. This Mom also seemed to really dislike her husband’s new partner that she got into trouble for actually confessing to what she actually meant to say.

Angry Mom

However, you can never be too sure if the Mom was actually serious about her threat or not. Better safe than sorry.

Lake Trip Is Not a Priority

Here is another example of a person who is least bothered about dressing the right way to a court. It is funny that a lawyer has to actually tell you to dress appropriately for such an event.

Lake Trip Is Not a Priority

Judging by the fact that this client came straight from a lake trip, this case could go south really fast. Seems like her lawyer knows this and it would not be surprising to find them biting their nails at the court.

Careless Mother

This mother seems really selfish. She did not take into account what is best for the sake of her daughter. It seems like she had put her daughter also through great ordeal with her careless actions.

Careless Mother

It is best to stay away from such a parent. Looks like the Dad made the right choice by divorcing such a person. The daughter will hardly have a good upbringing around such a vindictive person.

A Reckless Driver

When you are not a good driver, road raging is the last thing you should indulge in. This lady thought that by demonstrating her actions, the judge would go easy on her. Clearly that is not what happened here.

A Reckless Driver

And it does not even seem like she understands what she did wrong. It makes you wonder how some people can be so clueless. Surely, she should know what she did wrong.

Pregnant Wife

There are times when some lawyers have the best tricks up their sleeves. This lawyer was a smart one and made sure that his client had an upper hand all through the trial. Wonder where he got his information from.

Pregnant Wife

A private investigator or cameras installed in the wife’s room? Or is he a lawyer like the fictional Perry Mason? The other lawyer surely would not have expected such an outcome.

Greedy Siblings

Greed is a terrible thing. It makes you do horrible things. For example, these two siblings preferred to have money over the life of their own sister, who was fighting cancer. Some people do not get along, yes, but these two acted very inhumanely.

Greedy Siblings

The poor sister only needed money to pay for her treatment. This lawyer did the right thing by quitting. Some things are just more important than money.

An Unhappy Win

You cannot control people’s action. You can only tell them what to do and then it is up to them whether they wish to listen or not.

An Unhappy Win

It was a similar case for this NYTransit attorney, who knew that telling them not to go to trial would have fallen on deaf ears. If only this poor woman did not have such greedy lawyers, she would have had some money for herself.

Binder of Truth

You know that wonderful feeling when you know someone is lying to you and can prove it but they think that they can easily fool you? It just puts a smile on your face and convinces you that you will have a peaceful sleep.

Binder of Truth

This cheating wife thought she could get away with everything until her husband pulled out the binder full of proof. She definitely would not have expected that to happen.

Abusive Partners Are the Worst

It is amazing when things work in your favor. For instance, this lawyer got his client the truck as well as a two year restraining order from her abusive partner. Hopefully, this woman will be able to live in peace for a while.

Abusive Partners Are the Worst

As for this punk, who just confessed to have tricked the poor woman into marrying him while he was already married, he deserves to be in jail, so that he cannot harm any other woman, ever again.

Not a pretty picture

When justice prevails, it is always a moment of happiness. And that is just what happened with these kind people who got what was theirs. It did not take the judge more than an hour to see the whole picture and make a decision on the judgment.

Not a pretty picture

The judge denied the greedy woman access to the estate. It was never her right to begin with. It might be time for her to get a job and take care of herself.

The Sovereign Citizen Clients

A lot of people actually think that they are above the law and that is so not cool. Whom is the law for? Anyway, it is the lawyers who have to deal with people like this on a regular basis when they have to make an appearance in court.

The Sovereign Citizen Clients

This paralegal seems exasperated about dealing with such people. And who wouldn’t be? But the world is full of weirdoes who do dumb things every now and then.

Pay Your Rent

It is simple. You live in a house, you play the rent for that house and then you continue living in this house. The whole world understands this. It is not very complicated. But some people want to spend their money on other things but rent.

Pay Your Rent

So, they want to continue living in a house when they won’t even pay the rent but rather spend on frivolous lawsuits. Maybe if they just paid their rent on time like everyone else, everyone would just be happy.

Disaster of a Judge

This judge seems to create more problems than solutions. It looks like there was absolutely no fault of the Dad or the police officer. And the funny thing is that she is the one who arrived late and accuses the other two of wasting her time. What a hypocrite!

Disaster of a Judge

It seems like this judge was often in the news for similar issues and for being a terrible judge. If she is not a good judge, why does she still have a job as one?

Facepalm Part of Audio

If you have ever watched a movie where the criminal is dumb and accidentally confesses his crime, then this incident is great inspiration for movie makers. The guy actually admitted that he sold substances and still pleaded not guilty.

Facepalm Part of Audio

Maybe he was trying to be romantic by shielding his partner but in the process, admitted his crime. His lawyer facepalming must have been super funny to watch though. If it was in the recording, you can only imagine how loud it must have been.

Super Boss to the Rescue

If you are wondering how a judge could be eating up all that the college kid was throwing at him, you must not forget that judges are human too. It is natural to feel pity for a kid who made a mistake and had his whole life ahead of him.

Super Boss to the Rescue

 

More so, when he said he felt terrible and would not do it again. But this super lawyer who saved the day with Facebook posts is the real hero. How wonder would it be to have a boss like this!