The Lincoln Lawyer
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Tropes used in The Lincoln Lawyer include:
- Acquitted Too Late: Attorney Mick Haller's client Jesus Martinez spends several years in San Quentin for a murder he didn't commit. In the book he's HIV+ due to Prison Rape.
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels
- The Alleged Car: Haller's Lincoln in the book was an up-to-date model he replaced every three years. In the movie it was a 1980's model that would be an overheating, unreliable beast under the kind of use he puts it through.
- Amicably Divorced: Haller and his ex-wife, a prosecutor for the DA's office.
- Also, Haller and his second ex-wife, who works as his secretary.
- Amoral Attorney: Defense attorney Mick Haller is seen by prosecutors (including his ex-wife) as one. Haller points out that all too often, the prosecution tries to pin unsolved crimes on defendants and pull other questionable legal maneuvers. The prosecutor who took over Roulet's case after Haller's ex-wife left to avoid conflict of interest provided an example.
- The Atoner
- Chekhov's Gun: Early in the movie, Roulet mentions that the only criminal records against him are parking tickets. It turns out a certain parking ticket he received links him to the murder of the hooker Roulet killed and pinned on Martinez.
- Curb Stomp Battle: Roulet vs. the aforementioned biker gang. It is glorious to behold.
Haller: I said the hospital, not the morgue!
- Good Parents: Haller and his prosecutor ex-wife are loving parents to their daughter Hayley.
- GPS Evidence: The parking tickets that Roulet accumulated were able to show where he was on the night of the murders he's indicted for.
- Guile Hero: Haller excels at setting up situations in advance to benefit himself.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Gloria, who has a friendly relationship with Haller, her lawyer, and helps Haller find out about DJ Curliss.
- It Was a Gift: Haller's rare model of gun, which was handed down to him by his attorney father, who received it from an acquitted mobster client.
- Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: Mrs. Windsor and Haller, respectively.
- Meaningful Name: Haller's client has the surname Roulet, "like a roulette wheel" according to Haller's friend. Roulet's mother, a rich and overbearing woman, remarried and is now Mrs. Windsor.
- Off on a Technicality: Some of Haller's clients.
- Oh Crap: Minton, the prosecutor for the Roulet case, has this look when Roulet reveals his reasons for always carrying the weapon with which he was accused of assaulting the victim, thus blowing a huge hole in Minton's case.
- Politically-Incorrect Villain: An early hint to Louis's true nature. He says "I woke up with two faggots on top of me" refusing to tone down his language for the court.
- Serial Killer: Louis Roulet.
- Shame If Something Happened:Roulet makes a veiled threat to Haller about Haller's daughter Hayley.
- Invisible to Gaydar: Frank.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Most of the trailers make no effort to hide that Roulet is very guilty of what he's being accused of, those that don't show it outright heavily imply it.
- Vanity License Plate: Haller's plate, NTGUILTY
- Work Off the Debt: Half of Haller's driver's wages are to pay for his fees.