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I ws placed on probation since 2009 and have been good. I work in Miami and one night i was driving and was pulled over by police. When they checked my id they pulled me out of the car at gunpoint and made me get on the ground. They searched my car and found a cigar and arrested me for possession of cannabis, resisting arrest because i kept saying to test it because it was not weed, and disobeying an officer. He said your not the type of guy that smokes a cigar thats why he did not tyest it. Eventually it was tested and it was what i said. This caused me to be violated broward cases. One of three charges stayed but state dropped weed and resisting charges. My broward probation officer was not told because i was scared because i was not suppossed to be in Miami. When he found out he told me he was violating me. He told my mom that i was sneaky and he would run away. I then found lawyer Roger P Foley because this probation officer would try to have me put in prison. In speaking to mr. Foley he was confident and Icfelt like he knew what he was talking about. The other lawyers i met did not do that. My mom says that it was his voice of confidence. He said he would treat me like brother and no lawyer ever said something like that to me. I kept calling him over and over- they kept saying relax they would take care of it and not to worry. I was skepticle but on the day Mr. Roger P. Foley went in and did his thing and knocked down. Convinced the judge and the state to reinstate my probation and give me a curfew and drug tests. Even though this was adult court because im 27 it allowed the judge and state to work with me because my probation officer gave me 12 violations and i think he wanted me to do life in prison :) I could only be given 10 years but this probation officer does not like me. When in court Mr. Foley not only got it reinstated i can now travel for any purpose in the tricounty area. I definitely recommend Lawyer foley because he his honest, aggresssive, and strong in court.
Driving to work on a Sunday afternoon and then the three of us get pulled over by the police. My friend was arrested for knowingly driving without a good license and I was arrested for being a fidgeting backseat passenger. Then they searched me and found a pocket knife and they called it a dagger. They charged me with carrying a concealed weapon. I went to jail it was very boring, cold, and they actusally took my socks. I bonded out and my mom found Mr. Foley. She found him because there was a songf about him on 99jamz radio station. We loved this guy at first because he was real about the case and real down to earth about life. Prior to meeting him we were skeptical because we wanted someone to actually fight for the case. After we met him we hired him we felt comfortable with his work and his staff, especially Casey. We had court dates and motions until finally today justice was actually served when when the Foley team went into court. Casey led the charge on the final motion and she brought it home. She talked to the judge and let him know exactly what was going on and got all the evidence surpressed by making the the state attorney and cop look foolish. With her argument she went to the stand and started rattling off some numbers and we did not know what was up but then we figured out that they were previous cases that she used as examples and they benifited me because she got the judge to be on my side and he granted her motion. The Foley and Casey team can be equated to Sherlock Holmes and Watson or Perry Mason and Paul Drake. Anytime you are in need of a high profile, stylish, competent, and hard working attorney go see the man, Roger P. Foley and His Side kiick Casey "case" Williams they will help anywhere in Florida. They will get the job done for you!
My son ws arrested for going into an abandoned house. He ran and they caught him. They charged him with Burglary of a dwelling a second degree felony, theft, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. They called me and I panicked and the detective called me and interrogated me and tried to have him sign a confession. He was assigned a public defender but she was talking about him taking a bad deal that we were not interested in because it would give him a seriously bad record. So we said no. Than my friend was talking about the lawyer RP Foley and I had heard about him on the radio 99 jamz so we went to see him. I thought he was very nice and professional. I liked him also because he asked my son about church and if he was a believe in Christ and was he really sorry for whatever he may have done. I hired him because he was confident that he could help. He could not guarantee what would happen but he was very confident in his ability to get things done in the court. We went to court many times over 2 1/2 years and finally the coase was thrown out. The state kept setting court dates, the clerk kept messing things up. One time we had court 5 days in a row beacause the clerk state attorney and judge were lost and Foley started yelling and said we had a voice in the court room and they were going to listen. They kept claiming they were ready for trial and then asking the judge for continuances and Foley kept saying he was ready. The state just seemed to want my son to take a plea bargain and they dont care what it does to his future. RP kept saying to me do you want to fight or do you want to plea and he recommended fight and we all agreed. I would Highly Recommend Roger P Foley to anyone in FLorida who needs a criminal attorney.
I violated probation by cathching a new charge for Burglary. I did not find Foley but my bf did. When I was arrested and sitting in jail he was looking for a good lawyer and a good lawyer fast. I asked him how his previous cases went, how many cases he had, and what school he went to because I was in custody and needed to get out fast. I was facing 20 years plus the new charges. I needed someone to understand my previous charge with the new charge and be able to represent me properly. I did not want someone to just plea bargain me. Foley filed a motion to set bond on my vop. The morning of the hearing Mr. Foley had a medical issue but still showed up - a lot of attorneys will send one of their friends who is not that qualified to represent you for that time being but he did not do that. The judge wanted to extend/ postpone hearing for another week and Mr. Foley convinced her to do it in two days. When we went to court he got me the bond on VOP which is very rare- even the judge said it. From there I was always in constant contact with him. He never gave me any excuses or any runaround like other attorneys. I hired him on both cases. He worked with me on the costs of both cases. Foley immediately filed a motion to suppress and went to court. We worked out a deal with the state where the burglary was changed to a tresspass and no probation and reinstated me on adminstative probation for my previous felony case. My case was resolved that day without any prolonging of the case. Honestly, I would highl;y recommend this guy. He is very confident in the law- he knows the law.. He never let me feel like I was in the dark. He explained every new detail in the case and kept me updated. Money well spent
I was exiting a BK and went to left lane and police immediately pulled me over. The police officer told a lie when he wrote his report. He said I hit a median. Then the other cop comes and has me exit the car and makes me do exercises. He slams me on car and cuffs me. Never tells me im arrested. They never told me that i did not have to blow or do exercises. I did the exercises and gave a breath. They took several breath test that were erratic and ultimately my breat resulty was a .228. The bondsman recommended the best DUI lawyer in town. I was thinking about going with a cheaper lawyer but the bondsman said that he was the best so i went with Mr. Foley. Once I met Mr. Foley I had no hesitation. I had full confidence in this office and Ilet him do his magic. Unfortunately you don't ever know but he did his thing and we went to court today for a motion. I was nervous but confident because when I saw him in the court rooom he took overand had everybody's respect. The attorney for the state tried to give Mr. Foley some case law and it made the judge mad and she asked, " is this what they are teaching you state attorney's now" . Mr. Foley took the report and told the judge it was different and the judge agreed. The Judge said that the officer was premature in stopping me and granted our motion. The officer said I needed a turn signal to pull out onto a one way road-Mr. Foley asked him to go look up the law after the hearing but he was very polite and professional and was never rude with anyone. He just commanded the court's respect. I would highly recommend Mr, Foley to anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer.
Roger Foley has been my lawyer for seven years and has defended me on numerous occasions. I was first introduced to Roger as a juvenile with a serious felony charge of Second Degree Arson. Granted I wasn’t the model teenager, I still didn’t deserve to be with such outrages felony charges. After meeting with Roger he gave me the raw reality of the situation and I knew exactly where I stood, and the direction we were going to take in defending my case. After this case was settled a couple years passed and I ended up on the wrong side of the law with another felony charge of Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief over a thousand dollars. I wasn’t some outrages troublemaker out to find trouble; I was just a kid that didn’t have the best of luck. Thankfully I had Roger and he was able to understand my situation and defend me appropriately and ended up not having to do a day in jail or a juvenile facility. My misfortune ended up piling over to my adult years and I most recently was charged with the Felonies of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Battery. I was obviously wrongly charged of these crimes, but I was facing 20 yrs in prison. I thank god I had Roger Foley as my lawyer who believed in me and fought for me with all his power. He was able to get both charges dismissed and I am free. Roger was there through all my teenage years and early adulthood keeping me out of jail because he believed that I was a better person. He has represented me on major high profile felony cases to petty misdemeanors and has never stopped fighting for justice. Roger Foley is one of the top lawyers in South Florida.
I want to first start by saying that my overall experience with attorney Phillip Menditto has been an experience where high standards of professionalism, expertise, compassion, hard work, and dedication were given from the initial introduction I had with him all the way through to the end. He is by far an amazing lawyer to have on your side and I am more than grateful to have had him as my lawyer throughout my case. It is a very stressful process for anyone to go through and Phillip Menditto worked extremely hard to help every aspect of my case and always kept me up to date with any information I needed to know. Phillip also took on every angle he possibly could in order to benefit me in the process. The ending result of my case was one of which I could not have even imagined to be possible after knowing some of the aspects held against me. However, when I received the phone call from Phillip telling me the amazing news, news that only he could have pulled off with the prosecution, I was in tears. I could not thank Attorney Phillip Menditto enough for fighting as hard as he did for me and creating an outcome that I am forever grateful for. He is by far a Lawyer to depend on to get the job done. In addition to my own personal review I want to add that I also am friends with many other people who have worked with Phillip and had referred me to Phillip of whom will vouch for the same things I have stated, that Attorney Phillip Menditto is the attorney that will get the job done ! Five stars all around for him from beginning to end ! Thank you
DIVINE INTERVENTION ON DUI 2ND !! HALLELUJAH FOR MUSCA!! I'm a Registered Nurse. During Easter week of March, 2013, I was stopped, arrested, and confined for my 2nd DUI. With my nursing and driver's licenses at stake, I contacted John Musca of Musca Law on Easter Sunday. He assured me he had, what he believed to be, the best DUI lawyers in the state who could help me. Immediately, I was impressed by his confidence and reassurance that all was not lost, and equally impressed he was so available to me, especially on a holiday! Right away, his team obtained a permit for me to drive, even though my DUI ticket said I was NOT eligible for a permit! I was then able to drive and tend to my patients needs while they worked on reinstating my full driver's license. Then, within 4 weeks of me contacting them, I received notice my Driver's License had been fully reinstated on account of a tactical decision my attorney made not to subpoena a certain witness to the DMV hearing! Now I can drive, and practice my trade without compromise. TRUST ME, THESE PEOPLE ARE WORTH EVERY DIME! They have a system of attorneys who are experts in the field working together and they get things done! Personally, I believe in divine intervention and Mr. Musca and his team have been that intervention for me. Hallelujah! And thank You, Musca Law, with all my heart and soul! Karen M
I was arrested for receiving money from prostitution, including a 2nd degree felony for a gun charge because my assets exceeded the government's limit I could not have a public defender. After reading multiple reviews for various lawyers in South FLorida I chose Roger P. Foley because is reviews were clearly from clients and not other lawyers. I saw reviews from other lawyers that had been written from other lawyers or sounded fake, Like prostitutes who write their own reviews on "the er" review". Mr. Foley's reviews told me that my best opportunity to survive this nightmare was to go see him. The case has lasted 6 months but during that period Mr. Foley was able to get the weapons charged dismissed. Today we went before the judge regarding the the felony receiving money from prostitutes charge and Mr. Foley worked out a plea agreement where I received "adminstrative probation" for one year with no conviction. Thats a really great outcome because as llong as i do not get arrested I don't have anything special and don't have to go see a probatiion officer. I am free to travel wherever I want an thats important for my new job. Its not cheap but if your case is important to you then Roger Foley is the lawyer to see
I was arrested for receiving money from prostitution, including a 2nd degree felony for a gun charge because my assets exceeded the government's limit I could not have a public defender. After reading multiple reviews for various lawyers in South FLorida I chose Roger P. Foley because is reviews were clearly from clients and not other lawyers. I saw reviews from other lawyers that had been written from other lawyers or sounded fake, Like prostitutes who write their own reviews on " er review". Mr. Foley's reviews told me that my best opportunity to survive this nightmare was to go see him. The case has lasted 6 months but during that period Mr. Foley was able to get the weapons charged dismissed. Today we went before the judge regarding the the felony receiving money from hookers charge and Mr. Foley worked out a plea agreement where I received "adminstrative probation" for one year with no conviction. Thats a really great outcome because as llong as i do not get arrested I don't have anything special and don't have to go see a probatiion officer. I am free to travel wherever I want an thats important for my new job. Its not cheap but if your case is important to you then Roger Foley is the lawyer to see
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.