How Can You Defend Those People? Inside The Heart & Mind of a Criminal Defense Lawyer (John Henry Hingson III)

November 25, 2009 by Jory Fisher

Come meet John Henry Hingson III, son of a Baptist preacher, specialist in drunk driving defense, and past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

If you’ve ever wondered how a respectable human being can represent the rights of those who’ve committed the most heinous of crimes, listen to Mr. Hingson passionately share his reasons and motivations from his heart, soul, and mind. Why would anybody choose a profession so despicable, so distasteful, and—to some—so ungodly? Mr. Hingson will enthusiastically answer your most challenging of questions. You’ll hear how he perseveres through the darkest of times—and why this work is so purposeful and vital not only to him but to the lives of all Americans.

“To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade, and a hated, isolated, and lonely person—few love a spokesman for the despised and the damned.” (Clarence Darrow)

John Henry Hingson III

John Henry Hingson III is a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Oregon City, OR. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in three categories: White Collar Criminal Defense, Non-White Collar Criminal Defense, and Drunk Driving Defense. He is the author of How to Defend a Drunk Driving Case (5th ed 1990) (Clark Boardman) and is the past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Hingson defends a large number of drunk driving cases and has many clients who are suffering from addictions. He has developed a knack for gauging when a person has “hit bottom” and has led many of his clients to recovery and freedom from addiction. Mr. Hingson is a staunch defender of the rights of citizens accused of crime. He knows that when he defends the worst of us, he protects the rights of all of us in America.



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