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DUI Defense Lawyer Advertises Services on Bar Wristbands; MADD Disapproves


“Drinking Tonight? Know Your Rights,” read wristbands handed out at a Texas bar, with the phone number for drunk-driving defense lawyer Stephen Hamilton.

“The sign on the road that says drink, drive, go to jail. It’s a catchy slogan. That ain’t the law in Texas,” Hamilton, of Lubbock, told Nexstar Broadcasting. “If you are over the age of 21 you can consume alcohol and operate a motor vehicle. You can drive as long as you are not intoxicated.”

According to Hamilton, the advertisement hasn’t gotten him any business. If anything, it may prevent individuals from drinking and driving, he says. Also, he told the newsgroup that the wristband language was approved by the State Bar of Texas’s advertising review board.

However, Mothers Against Drunk Driving feels differently. Amanda Eldredge, a MADD member, said that it would be better if the wristbands advertised taxi services.

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