A former police officer said that when he made a traffic stop, if the subject claimed a constitutional right to remain silent, that he would ask him for a law license. If he had none he would threaten them with arrest for practicing law without a license. He asserted to me that he was not bluffing, and that this was a real potential felony. I was skeptical. Who is correct?
1 Answer from Attorneys
That cop is a complete idiot. Or he's pulling your leg.
"Practicing law without a license" is a misdemeanor in Texas, but representing oneself is NOT the practice of law.
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