I’d gone through most of my life without ever running into any legal problems. Then, about a year or so ago, I’d managed to torpedo my life and a relatively unblemished criminal record. I was facing multiple felony charges and over a half dozen misdemeanors across two different cases in two different counties. At best, I was looking at at least a few years in jail. Worst case scenario…decades.
I had no experience dealing with this kind of situation. The enormity of it was terrifying. Friends and family suggested attorneys, but none struck me as promising. Some knew they had me over a barrel and made big promises for a big fee. Others couldn’t be bothered to remember my name, even as we sat discussing whether or not I was going to have a future or not. Not the kind of thing that inspires confidence, I tell you.
At my wits end, I started combing through all the mail I got from layers offering my services, and, surprise, that’s how I found Tim. His stood out. Not only did he get my information right, but it had a personal touch to it that made it stand out from the rest. So I decided to give him call…and I’m so glad I did.
Tim offered to see me right away. He reviewed my case with me for over an hour, not once pushing for money or pretending he could make it all go away. It was clear to me he knew his business. He knew the judges and district attorneys. And he knew I was in a bad spot with not a lot to be hopeful about. So I was amazed when he offered to take my case at a very reasonable price.
Right from the start he gave me a clear outline of what he would do to help me in the coming months. He walked me through what he believed my best options were, he listened to my concerns, he prepared me for the worst, but gave me hope for the best. I took his advice and got busy enrolling in a rehabilitation program, doing community service, and putting together the documentation he’d need to defend me my rights.
Thanks to Tim I was able to get a postponement and leave the state for residential treatment. He worked closely with the staff while I was there to promptly update me on my case and to keep up with my progress. In all that time he neither showed any panic or made extravagant promises, he was direct, professional, and did everything he said he’d do. While isolated for months on end in treatment, I couldn’t have asked for better representation and peace of mind that my interests were being looked out for while I focused on my own healing.
Fast forward 6 months and it’s crunch time. Tim and the DA are talking and the state has got it out for me. My co-defendant took a deal and threw me under the bus for a suspended sentence. He’s got a long record, wealthy parents, and hasn’t done a damn thing to help himself but throw me to the wolves. He got a walk and now I’m the DA’s slam dunk. I was boned.
Tim never gave up the fight for me though, and he never lost his cool. He was always realistic about my chances, but was always ready with options or strategy I could pursue to keep up the fight. And hot damn if he didn’t keep it up until my very first day in court; making a hail-mary appeal to the victims on my behalf and letting them know all I’d been doing to make things right. And just like that, he earned me a second chance at life. That morning in court, Tim had my victim appealing for leniency on my behalf. As long as I kept up the good work I was doing, they were willing to give me a chance at redemption. The judge agreed to follow their recommendation, the DA backed off, and in the span of a single hour Tim had gotten both felony charges and 6 of 8 misdemeanors dropped. Instead of serving time, I got probation and a 7yr suspended sentence…I got my life back.
Soon I’ll be off to court again on some lesser charges, but Tim’s just as gung-ho about fighting this minor case as he was the other. And I gotta say, I know I wouldn’t want anyone else backing me in my corner.