Re: Daughter and her friends were arrested for drugs.
I am a huge cynic when it comes to the courts. "who ever said money can't buy happiness has never been arrested" is a truism.
But what should it buy? First how are the judges and prosecutors elected/appointed ? Who are the people in their lives? Look for center of influences.
If the area you live in appoints the judges, who are the elected people involved and which one's are tight with the judge band prosecutor. Who are their mentors and supporters? Who has been a life time friend, who are there inlaws find these background people. Look for a lawyer with a high success rate at reaching favorable plea deals. Often in these situations it is never 5 grand gets 3 years with 1 year instead of ten years in on a 15 year sentence. Instead it is based on a long term support both politically and personally forming a mutual aid admiration association.
Do not get caught with her friends making a deal leaving your daughter to be the wall trophy to prove how tough the prosecutor is.
How to deal with an unrepentant spouse: an Irish person can tell a person to go to hell and have them so excited at the prospect they demand to know when, where the train is leaving and how to get a ticket. Then offer them a loan to get the ticket and a ride to the train station. Be Irish