The Blessing of Owning our Errors 11.10.2016. Today’s entry comes from a recent review by a client on Avvo. It consists of the client’s review and my reply.
I found Richard back in March 2016, having been cited for dui, dwi, negligent driving, & failure to obey a traffic device (skipped a red light). Several years back I’d been charged with my first dui, and even though that judge downgraded it to negligent driving, I knew the stakes were higher with a second charge. So I spent a couple of days shopping around for good representation, and this time had to be different. I was seriously looking to change my lifestyle/behavior, not just for a favorable legal outcome. All the attorneys I found were only concerned with the latter, until I met Richard.
Richard took the time to listen to my concerns. He inquired into details that other attorneys didn’t bother. He was concerned not only about what happened but how I felt about it, and any personal changes I wanted to make in the interest of preventing similar outcomes in the future. From our first conversation it was clear that he understood me and was looking out for my legal and other personal interests. I know he was genuinely looking out for me since he offered a wealth of guidance and legal advice prior retaining him.
After consulting with my wife, we decided to retain Richard, looking back, it was the right call. I’ve dealt with other professionals and attorneys and Richard simply operates at a higher level. Some people give you the run around, especially when they know you have no recourse. But Richard is warm, professional, reliable, very friendly, candid, genuinely a good person. When he talks, you can tell he has taken the time to formulate clear, coherent thoughts. He’s not looking to dazzle with jargon, he wants you to be as clear as possible regarding the matter.
I’m not going to review everything Richard did to prepare me for my court date, suffice to say it was a well thought out plan and I’m glad he guided me through it. Some of the activities required more time and effort on my part, but again, Richard was there to encourage and remind me why it was important.
A week before my court date, we met to review our strategy and court procedures. Here’s another area where Richard shined. Not only did he verbally review everything with me, he also documented it so I could review after our meeting. He even took the time to provide some court documents so I could pre-fill them ahead of time and focus on the case.
On my court date (Nov), he arrived head of time to welcome my wife and I. Little things such as this make a difference to me. As we walked in to the building and court room, he was there to put us at ease, reminding us that we were ready and everything would be ok. And that’s exactly how it turned out. In the end I received a favorable outcome—unsupervised pbj for a month! And the judge even commended me in my attempts to make amends prior to my court date, all thanks to Richard.
There’re several ways my situation could have going south, but thanks to Richard it didn’t. I can’t guarantee you’ll receive a similar outcome, but I’m tell you Richard is trustworthy. He will help you with our legal woes as best he can, and help you consider lifestyle changes for the better. I can honestly say I’m a better person having known him. Thank you Richard 🙂
My Response: “You’re very welcome and I thank you, as well. When we met you made it clear that you wanted to make sure, going forward, that your life would be a blessing, and not a danger, to people who met you on the road. I went over everything we could do to that end. It was a long and time consuming list and you jumped into it as a positive life changing list.
It was clear that you followed our plan with an open heart and not for appearances. The documentation of your post arrest education, which also included community service, showed that your heart and mind were involved every step of the way. By the end, as we neared our court date, I could tell you had become an advocate and model for more responsible choices by others in your circles. You now exemplified the wisdom in the saying that “a lesson is fully learned only when we can teach it to another person.”
And that is the marvel of how any person facing a challenge can change course and touch many lives for the better. Playing your lessons forward it is likely that you have saved others from harm and heartache, and it is also likely that some of those persons will do the same. I am so grateful to be a link in your chain of positive change.
You earned the sentence: you demonstrated the desire to change by owning the problem that brought you to court, committing to change, and then executing your plan for change. I was privileged to stand beside you in Court. Please let me know, from time to time, about the good things that happen going forward in your life. It will make my heart soar that you become all you are capable of being.”