Idiom Definitions for ‘Barracks lawyer’
A barracks lawyer is a person who gives opinions on things they are not qualified to speak about.
While I was in the military I had a number of people give me advice on military law that was completely wrong. These people were known as barracks lawyers. The advice was often well meant but that does not change the fact that had I followed that advice I would’ve been in serious trouble. I had also had the duty to take into custody (similar to a civilian arrest) people who had broken military law because they followed the advice of barracks lawyers. The Uniform Code of Military Justice is similar to the Immigration and Naturalization Act, and that they are both federal law and both govern administrative agencies.
There are many people, who will have the best intentions, and try to help you with an immigration case. It does not matter what their intentions are, if they give you bad advice, and you follow it you will get in trouble. It is important when you are filing for a benefit that will affect the rest of your life, that you get the best advice possible. When dealing with an area as complex as immigration law is, you will get better advice from someone who spends the majority of their time practicing immigration law.
If you find yourself in a situation, and you are not sure whether or not you should hire an immigration attorney, chances are you should at least talk to one to understand your options. I have written many other articles on how to choose an immigration attorney and what you should do to prepare for your meeting with the immigration attorney.
If you would like my office to help you with your immigration case, please fill out the form on the bottom of this page, so you can schedule either a face-to-face, via telephone or videoconference meeting with me. After you explain your circumstances, I will give you my best advice on your chances of success with our help and what you should expect the filing fees and attorney fees to be. I will not tell you how to handle the matter yourself, but if you are I feel that we are not a good fit together I will tell you how you can find other immigration attorneys who may be a better fit.
I wish you well in your immigration matters and hope that you improve your chances of success by getting the best advice possible and ignoring the barracks lawyers.