I generally stay on the right side of the law - actually, I’ve never had so much as a traffic ticket in my life. I don’t know any lawyers, and I’d consider myself fortunate if I can go through life without talking to a lawyer for anything more than closing a house deal, or making a will, or somesuch.
But, who knows, sometime I might venture to the “other side of the tracks” where, heaven forbid- I might get mixed up in something. Guilty or innocent - maybe I’ll find myself in the hoosegow, with a deputy saying things like “You got one phone call boy…”. How to you go about finding a lawyer in that situation? Pick up the yellow pages? (“Hello, A. Able and Sons?, can you help me out of this jam?”) I don’t think so.
So what do you do? I can think of two variations to this situation - one, maybe you’re in your home town or nearby, where you can call out to friends/relatives for assistance, and two- you’re far, far away from home (still in the USA, say) unfamiliar with the laws, and have no hope of someone you know showing up at the jailhouse.