Does This Look Like The Face Of A DWI Lawyer Who Showed Up To Court Drunk?

Posted: August 5, 2013 in Random Thought

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – DWI attorney John Higgins is no stranger to the other side of the law.  Most recently he’s accused of showing up drunk to work in a courtroom he wasn’t even supposed to be in. Metropolitan Court Judge Julie Altwies found Higgins in alleged direct contempt of court Wednesday morning. In a hearing Thursday, Altwies told attorneys Higgins was in her courtroom for 45 minutes before she called in a probation officer to test his blood alcohol content. His BAC measured .11; the presumed level of intoxication in New Mexico is .08. Sixty-nine year old Higgins had no appearances before Altwies Wednesday, though he did have two scheduled with other judges. “There were two cases that were continued by judges because he was not present,” Altwies said in court Thursday. “The reason the court found him in direct contempt because he did disrupt the proceedings yesterday quite a lot.” This wasn’t Higgins’ first run-in with the law either. He was convicted of aggravated DWI in 2009 , and was sentenced to 48 hours in jail.  Then in 2010, he was accused of allegedly hitting his wife with his car – that case was later dismissed. One of Higgins’ attorneys, Tom Clear, told News 13 he believes there may be something medically wrong with his client. “He’s had alcohol issues and I don’t think he would deny that,” Clear said. “It just wasn’t consistent with the blood alcohol concentration of a .11. He was very unsteady on his feet and that remained after he returned to a .00, so I think there’s something organically going on.” Clear said Higgins is receiving treatment at an Albuquerque hospital, and it’s unclear when he’ll be released.  Another hearing is scheduled for late August. According to public records, Higgins has never been in trouble with the Disciplinary Board of New Mexico.

I guess the saying, “Know your enemy,” runs deep with attorney John Higgins. He likes to get shitfaced, and his enemies are the laws that restrict drunk people from driving. So he studied law in and out until he could represent people just like him who like to take the car for a spin after a few beers. He’s like the Batman for drunk drivers. Only problem is drunk drivers need a Batman that’s got his head on a swivel and can handle their case. Batman can protect normal citizens because he’s got the suit, the tools, the strength, and he can fly. John Higgins is just another booze bag who happens to have read a few more books than the average Joe. So as a booze bag myself, I wouldn’t want to be represented by another guy just like me.  I want the guy with the spiffy suite, the power of oration, and the mental strength to lay off the scotch before my hearing. I’d also prefer my defense to show a little more enthusiasm for my case. This guy’s face is straight dominating the, “I’m drunk and don’t give a fuck. Take me to jail.” look.

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