Law: Drunk Drivers Turn to the Bar

With toughened laws, fewer deaths and more lawyers

When Donald Nichols began his law practice in Minneapolis in 1971, he did what a lot of struggling young attorneys do: he took on cases that nobody else wanted, including the defense of drunken drivers. "At that time it was the garbage of the law business," Nichols recalls. His intention was to spend a couple of years at this beginner's work and then move on to more respectable projects. But today Nichols is still defending drunk drivers, a specialty that has become a thriving subdivision of the legal profession.

The proliferation of lawyers who take...

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