Now THIS Is A Legal Ethics Violation!

Horrible text messageJeremy Daniel Oliver, a friendly Oklahoma lawyer specializing in criminal and family law, was recently arrested and charged with the felonies of soliciting sex with a minor and distributing obscene materials via technological means. You see, Oliver offered to knock $1000 off his fee for legal services for a female client…

…in exchange for sex with her, or, in the alternative,

…her 18-year-old-daughter, or, as another option,

… her 13-year-old daughter,

…in a text message sent to his client’s phone

...while deputies were with the mother.

Oh yes…he also sent her a picture of his penis.

This alleged conduct involves several ethics rules, I aver, including those prohibiting a lawyer from breaking significant laws, having sex with clients (though, oddly, there is nothing in the rules prohibiting sex with the daughters of clients), and perhaps most of all, charging unreasonable fees, though to be fair, having not seen the photo of Mr. Oliver’s penis, I can’t say how unreasonable.

As Consumerist’s Vivia Chen would say, “Not cool.”

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Pointer: ABA Journal

Facts: News OK

6 thoughts on “Now THIS Is A Legal Ethics Violation!

  1. One can only only assume this jerk/sicko will be disbarred and go to jail… and who wonders why people don’t trust attorneys? Even their own…

  2. Well, there are laws about not having sex with the 13-yo… And I wonder if the picture will go viral. That would no doubt be a de minimus ethical issue…

    • It’s interesting to me how a person’s name is often curiously parallel to their profession or notable (notorious?) accomplishments — Weiner being a case in point. While Oliver’s name didn’t ring that kind of bell for me, I did think the “logo” on his website was telling: “Our Firm Services The State of Oklahoma” (well, at least the female residents…)

  3. There doesn’t seem to be any room in this case for a devil’s advocate to play or for different perspectives.

    Does he even have any possible defense other than “Just joking! Ha ha! Are you just one of those humorless politically correct people?”

    This is unlikely to be the first time he’s done something like this. Wait for other victims to come forward.

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