That’s the title of June 17, 2011 New York Times piece by John Schwartz.
I’m stepping aside from Sidebar, slightly, here because the “If I want a pizza, I can get a pizza in 15 minutes…I can get a plumber in the middle of the night. Why can’t I get a lawyer?” raison d’etre of the instant-lawyer mogul named Chris Miles (the company is called LawyerUp) is to provide fast lawyers to criminal clients. And Sidebar confronts civil problems, not criminal.
It’s enterprising, for sure. For a monthly fee, the potential criminal client can subscribe to Miles’s service, and he even has an app. (I’m trying to be jealous of people who have apps.)
But since Miles’s service covers southern New England, I have two questions: first, don’t courts in big cities have lawyers hanging around at night, ready to handle initial criminal procedures?
And second, although we New Yorkers can certainly get a pizza and a plumber in the middle of the night, can Miles — in Easton, Connecticut? Really?