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I watched first hand as the dishonest firm of Loose Brown & Hobkirk ripped off my boss. Took his money and then did not provide the services and support they agreed to. Even with a signed contract, this firm did not deliver the services they were contracted to provide. The lawyer who didn't keep his promise was Donald Loose. Don't trust him.
Dear W Michael Walz, I just wanted to write you a letter to thank you and your assistant Netta, thanks Netta for all the extra help... Every thing you guys have done for me has saved me from the future hassle of police... If it wasn't for you I would have a warrant forever, I would of had a hard time without you. Thank you! I am so relieved. :) :) :) :)
I've been able to get on with my life In the fall of 1998, I found my self in dire need of legal assistance. I desperately needed the services of an experienced attorney versed in the representation of clients charged with possession of marijuana. After making some inquiries, I was referred to Michael Walz. I was told that Mr. Walz specialized in my particular type of cases and had successfully defended many, many clients facing similar types of charges. We arranged an initial consultation during which I attempted to explain the facts surrounding the dilemma in which I had become involved. Mr. Walz was thoroughly professional in his initial dealings with me and very early in our discussion put me at ease and began to allay the panic that I was experiencing. He asked the difficult questions that needed to be asked at that early stage in a friendly but direct manner. He agreed to take my case, and I went away from that initial meeting feeling relieved and confident that I had retained the best counsel available for my type of case. As matters moved forward, he began to formulate a theory of defense. Mr. Walz and I met thereafter on numerous occasions to discuss developments. At each step of the way he explained those developments in terms a layman such as myself could easily understand. He continued to help me keep matters in the proper perspective without ever being unrealistic about all the possible outcomes of my cases. Throughout our association, I felt that Mr. Walz believed in me and continually did his utmost to resolve a case that would have caused severe damage to my personal and professional life. In the end, the matter was settled in the best possible way, and since that time I have been able to get on with my life and career. I would strongly urge anyone in similar straits to seek the counsel of Michael Walz. His skills, expertise, and humanity are in my opinion without equal.
I believe Mr. W. Michael Walz is the best Criminal Marijuana Specialist-Lawyer in the state if not the country. If it was not for Mr. Walz and his secretary Janet I would probably be rotting away in ADOC somewhere unjustly for 4 and ½ years of my life. My suggestion is that if you drive around while there is Marijuana in your system you better have Mr. Walz on speed dial. Red eyes can be probable cause for them to take your blood. Say no and call Mr. Walz first. He is fair, affordable and willing to work with you.I first contacted Mr. Walz 6 years ago with a case that at the time was something new, Aggravated DUI/Drugs. Mr. Walz told me that because they charged me with the AGG DUI twice (one of them was for the THC in my system, which made it so that if I tried to take it to jury trial I would have to be found guilty, even if I proved that I was not impaired at the time I was pulled over) and my prior record, it would be an uphill battle to get me a plea of 2 ½ years to 4 ½ years. Prison is no place for someone who has not hurt anybody during the course of their crime. I felt I had no other choice but to leave behind everything I’ve known in AZ and run.Over the next 5 years, I would go live in NYC. Even though I arrived there feeling like one of America’s Most Wanted, I went on to become a manager of a business in mid-town Manhattan, the heart of NYC, all while smoking Marijuana every day. Unfortunately, I returned to AZ to visit my mom in December of 2012 and the day before I was supposed to fly back to the east coast got picked up on my warrant after falling asleep in my buddy‘s car at the Snowbowl ski resort. It felt like fate, it was weird. I felt like this all happened for a reason. After I was bonded out of jail I could have gone straight to the airport but I was sick and tired of running and was resolved to fight the charges.I was relieved to see that Mr. Walz would to still be representing me and not another public pretender, but he informed me that this would be a very uphill battle no matter what I have accomplished in life, and the fact I ran for so long wasn’t is not going to help any either. However, he reviewed my case and found major discrepancies in the reports. He was appalled by what he saw and took it upon himself to make sure that justice was served in the right way. In the 5 months since I posted my bail and met with Mr. Walz again he has achieved the impossible and got it down from a class 4 felony with 4 ½ years prison down to a misdemeanor with only one month jail.Mr. Walz and his secretary Janet have gone out of there way to prove my innocence even spending money out their own pockets conducting interviews and getting paper work. Mr. Walz knowledge of Marijuana law is amazing. He has facts on studies that even make Judges blush in amazement, and prosecutors loathe him as an opponent. Mr. Walz has always been professional in the handling of my case and as honest as can be at the time of our meetings. If it was not for Mr. Walz and Janet I would probably would have lost out on 4 years and a half years of my life. THANK YOU MR. MICHAEL WALZ AKA THE POTLAWYER.COM.
Ryan was amazing right from the start, I met with him and explained my difficult situations with an ex who was so very unreasonable, I am a good father and simply wanted my fair time as is due me, but she had a much different vision for us even though she was on the road and not around for most of the child's lives while I raised them. Well Ryan was amazing through it all, Helped me lift that enormous stress that was sitting on my shoulders and got me basically everything I was asking for all while allowing me time to pay. Thanks Ryan, I will absolutely use you again in the future.
He has no equal in this area of law When I was arrested for growing cannabis, I felt my life was over. I had lost my only relief from my chronic pain -- the result of a life-threatening industrial accident. I had lost my only relief from this drudgery. In addition to this dilemma, I faced three felony charges. The most serious was intent to sell. If convicted, I could have received many years of incarceration. Without the funds to afford an attorney, I was forced to deal with a public defender. Rather than a trial, she recommended a plea bargain. This was unacceptable, because I felt my medical condition warranted the use of this substance. Overcome with feelings of helplessness and rage, I contacted Michael Walz. After I talked to him on the phone, I was confident this was a person dedicated to representing people being persecuted for their use of cannabis. It was obvious that Mr. Walz was not your typical criminal defense attorney. He knew about cannabis litigation inside and out. Not only that, but he was an attorney whose knowledge about cannabis cases went beyond their legal ramifications. Despite my inability to afford his modest fee, he was anxious to accept my cases because it involved the medical use of marijuana. During the trial, Mr. Walz dominated the proceedings, from jury selection all the way to final arguments. His presence in the courtroom was outstanding. His skillful cross-examination of a less-then-truthful police officer forced the Judge to chastise the district attorney in chambers. Frustrated by this, the district attorney was forced to concede during final arguments that I wasn't a drug dealer and that I had a legitimate reason for using cannabis. Thanks to Mr. Walz, I was found not guilty on the most serious charge of intent to sell and I received the absolute minimum punishment on the lesser counts. The judge was so impressed by the way my case was presented that he practically apologized during sentencing. During my probation, Mr. Walz has continued to offer support and guidance. To say that I am satisfied with Mr. Walz's representation of me during this ordeal does not do adequate justice to him his efforts. He has no equal in this area of law. Mr. Walz is the best! He's a person I not only consider an outstanding attorney, but also a cherished friend.
Had me pay him 5k to tell me a month later I did not need a an attorney I think he meant to say sorry I am a lame excuse for a attorney. Steven is a liar don't let him steal from you like he did me I was scared and being abused by my ex husband and previous bad attorney...I fell for it please don't make the same mistake...I read his good reviews and thought wow he must be great I was fooled by him so I am warning anyone who can avoid him should I tell the world.. He is a dirt bag. So disappointed thought atty had to have ethics he is the scum of the industry you will want to avoid.
After finding our dream house without a realtor, I thought it would be a good idea to hire a realtor on our side to guide us through the process, and to make sure we were not missing any important steps, especially with inspections, as the house was over 40 years old and was the largest purchase of our lives. When the whole process started, it became clear early on that Eric had no intention of providing any of the services that he was hired to perform. Instead he chose to take the low road, evidenced by the fact that he never stepped foot on the property, despite being invited to participate and provide guidance. This is a major rip-off considering the fact that the deal was given to him. It is a service contract where he received full payment, yet provided service of little or no value. The two words that come to mind to describe his business practices are lazy and dishonest. Anyone that would want to business with this guy should have their head examined! Since zero was not one of the rating options, I had to pick one on a five scale, which is an overrating to say the least.
Michael Walz took control of what I felt was a hopeless situation and won my case. Approximately a year ago a package was sent to me containing several exotic strains of herb. The person who sent it to me did not package it correctly, so its contents was easily detected. As a result, I was visited by the police, who informed me that they could search my house by probable cause. The two officers seized about two pounds, several hundred dollars which they claimed was drug money, a scale, my date book, and various other items they claimed were drug related. I know that I could be looking at jail time if my case wasn't taken care of correctly. so I borrowed money from my mom to hire a defense lawyer. I went to a firm whose ads are prominently shown on late night TV, and claimed to specialize in criminal law. Several weeks after hiring this firm, I felt nearly abandoned. Phone calls weren't returned, court dates forgotten. I got the distinct feeling that my case and I were very unimportant to my attorney. And to top it all off, I was being charged nearly $10,000. Because I felt dissatisfied, I went to see Michael Walz, an attorney I read about in a local paper. I couldn't believe how different he was from my first attorney. He listened to me, answered all my questions, and above all he gave me hope. He insisted that my case was not a lost cause; in fact, he said it was winnable. He made me and my case a priority! He told me that police officers entered my house illegally and that due to that the charges were dismissed. All I had to do was testify in court for about 10 minutes. I told the truth on the stand and the case was dismissed. Michael Walz took control of what I felt was a hopeless situation and won my case.
Find a lawyer and demand your rights. This is just a note to thank you for the work you did for us. I tried attorney after attorney to find someone who would defend me, and as you know, there is not one in a thousand who would do this as you did. Every other attorney said that because I basically waived my rights by signing the right to search document and then waived my right to the urine analysis, that I should just give up and spend the time and pay the fine and take my punishment and get on with my life. You did not take those things as all that detrimental. You perceived them as an interesting a case and a challenge. A note to those who might read this on the net! NEVER SAY ANYTHING, SIGN ANYTHING, ADMIT TO ANYTHING, EVEN IN JEST. Find a lawyer and demand your rights.
The legal profession is vast, with each attorney having his or her specialties. Here are some of the most common attorneys individuals seek out when they require legal aid:
A criminal defense lawyer is probably the attorney the average person imagines. Criminal attorneys are the men and women who defend individuals accused of a crime. The lawyer may work pro bono - for the public good - so the accused is certain to have representation, even if he or she cannot afford an attorney.
Criminal lawyers are experts in the criminal justice system. They help their clients decide how to plead when first charged by the police and guide them through trial procedures. Defense lawyers must use every bit of their knowledge and resources to get their clients the fairest results from criminal proceedings.
If you are a small business owner or the head of a larger corporation, you may come into contact with a business lawyer. Many big companies keep a legal staff on payroll to deal with the daily operations of running and maintaining a large enterprise. Business lawyers may have more specific specialties like copyright law, product liability and mergers and acquisitions.
Business attorneys may focus their practices on certain industries. There are entertainment lawyers to guide artists through royalties and media contracts, while hospitals employ malpractice attorneys to protect doctors from aggressive litigation.
When you work for a company, you may find yourself in need of an employment lawyer - especially if the relationship between you and your employer sours. An employment attorney prevents people from losing their jobs due to unfair reasons. Workers' compensation lawyers help maintain safe employment conditions and ensure workers receive fair compensation after workplace injury or discrimination.
A personal finance attorney can protect and manage your investments and securities. You may use a finance lawyer to help you prepare your taxes, but you might be better off working with an accountant. A tax attorney is more commonly contacted after a business or individual runs into trouble with the IRS or state regulators.
Real Estate Lawyer
Your family may keep a lawyer on retainer to guide you through the major expenses that come up in life. When buying a home, you could work with a real estate lawyer to make sure you get the best deal and won't get taken advantage of by tricky mortgage agreements or unfair landlords. An estate attorney can help you plan for the worst by creating a will and preparing your finances for after your death.
A bankruptcy lawyer is essential to help you resolve your financial difficulties when they start to spin out of control. Certain attorneys help create strategies to bring you out of debt and speak to your creditors. A lawyer can advise you on which type of bankruptcy you should file for.
If you are suing someone or being sued, you need a civil lawyer. Civil attorneys - and criminal lawyers - are the legal representatives who argue on your behalf in a courtroom setting. Civil lawyers may represent you on matters of business, finance or a wide variety of other specialized needs.
One of the most common types of civil attorneys is a personal injury lawyer. When you're hurt by an outside party and you would like to hold them legally responsible, a personal injury attorney conducts litigation and negotiates settlements to compensate for your pain and suffering. Sometimes many wronged people will join together with a single civil lawyer or law office to form a class action lawsuit.
Most people will turn to a lawyer during a divorce to navigate the emotionally charged legal proceedings. A divorce attorney can assist in determining grounds for separation, division of property and custody of children.
Family attorneys deal with much more personal matters. If you're getting married, a family lawyer can help you prepare a prenuptial agreement or other family planning paperwork such as adoption or inheritance documents.
To ensure you find a competent attorney who won't abuse your trust or drain your finances, you have to make the proper inquiries. There are several questions you should ask, but the majority will fall under three general topics:
Training and Experience Questions
One of the best ways to determine quality is to examine an attorney's history. When you first step into a lawyer's office, you should check for the appropriate certifications and diplomas. You have to ask how long he or she has practiced law and request information that demonstrates the practice's success. Look for precise details such as percentage of cases settled out of court.
Once you inquire about the broad details of their legal career, you should ask questions about their experience that pertains to your specific issue. You should ask how many similar cases they have handled and if they have special skills or training that applies specifically to your needs. Lawyers can't mention clients by name, but you should ask for basic details about identical past cases.
You need to ask about every possible fee that will come up when working with an attorney. You should request a list of all costs in advance so you won't be surprised by additional expenses like overhead. Also determine exactly when you will start being billed. You want to inspect paperwork carefully. If the attorney charges you for his or her experience, you need to make sure he or she will perform tasks personally and not hand it off to an assistant.
Find out if the attorney has a flat fee or charges by the hour. Many civil lawyers work on contingency. Whatever the payment plan, make inquiries about how the lawyer plans to provide service for your money and what you can do if you start to feel unsatisfied with his or her performance.
Lawyer/Client Relationship Questions
When you hire a lawyer, you're agreeing to work with someone over a certain period of time. You need to ask questions about how the attorney will communicate with you and what responsibilities you hold in the relationship. The attorney should let you know the best channel for quick communication and you need to inform him or her when you want updates.
You should also ask questions to get to know the attorney as an individual in order to ensure this is a person you can trust. Ask about their legal philosophy and how he or she views the lawyer/client relationship. Great questions to start off with are ones that will make your life easier, such as how to keep fees down or what daily disruptions you should expect from a long legal battle. The more forthcoming the lawyer appears to be with individual needs, the better.
You may keep a lawyer on retainer or you could turn to an attorney during specific situations. Here are some common reasons people begin seeking legal representation or advice:
You Know Your Limitations
If you sign documents and you come across a word you don't recognize, you need assistance. You may need a third party to help you navigate important employment or real estate paperwork. It's essential you fully understand the terms of any legally binding documentation or activity you become a part of. If you are not an expert in a given field, you'll want to hire an attorney who is.
A lawyer may find legal implications or opportunities you might miss. If you find yourself in a civil or criminal matter, a proper attorney ensures you don't receive a harsh punishment for a small mistake.
You're Facing an Important Event/Decision
When making decisions critical to your financial stability or personal life, you may want a lawyer with expertise in your situation to make sure you do everything you can to arrive at the proper resolution. This is especially true when you become involved in a criminal case and your freedom is on the line.
It's not just a matter of legal knowledge; lawyer's have access to numerous resources you do not. They have staff ready to work around the clock and experts in a variety of fields to give your important issues the attention they deserve.
You Can't Be Impartial
During times when personal matters intersect with legal proceedings, you may need to have an advocate to prevent your emotions from getting in the way of level-headed thinking. For example, divorce lawyers can mediate a heated argument and help both partners get on with their lives.
Emotional investment could be subtle. You may want to have a lawyer look over an investment opportunity that looks too good to be true or investigate the merits of a possible civil suit when you feel wronged.
You're Out of Options
Many people turn to lawyers when they are in trouble. If you've been accused of a crime or are in a terrible financial situation, you can find an attorney who will work with what you have available to assist you as you deal with your problems.
Personal injury lawyers find solutions for people who can no longer work under their own power and bankruptcy attorneys prevent people from giving in to debt. If you find yourself in a situation where you can't find a solution, a lawyer may be able to offer the counsel you need.
When it comes time to choose a lawyer, you should start by searching close to home. While you probably don't want the conflict of interest that comes from being represented by a family member, friends and loved ones can recommend lawyers who served them well in the past. If you do have attorneys you are familiar with, ask who they believe would be best for you.
After going through personal references - especially from individuals who had similar needs - you should broaden your search through public information resources. You can call your area's attorney referral service or check legal organizations like Martindale-Hubbell. There are other resources available online. You should check websites for client reviews and other third-party forms of approval.
When you build a list of possible candidates, perform a background check on each one. See if you can find information on their history and success record. Once you find a possible lawyer, you should call to arrange a consultation so you can ask your important questions in person.
By performing the necessary research and taking every available precaution, you can narrow your search to the attorney most suited to your needs.