Retained a Criminal Specialist Attorney for dual arrest of both spouse and I in mid 2012.
(In Summary: an altercation occured between another couple in our home celebrating my spouse's birthday. My spouse told them to get out of our house which they did, but we're pulled over at some point and said they had no choice to drive drunk because they were beat up by us. They were upset we wouldn't let them back in the house). I solely paid $6,000 to the attorney, but nothing happened thereafter. No charges were ever formally filed and my paranoia cost me $6,000 atty I never got back.
Needless to say, it was a huge eye opener and my attorney pointed out that more than likely a conviction from 3 years before that was the assumption for the officer to detain us. The arrest was 6 weeks shy from my probation
Shortly after, I received a Request to Appear for possible violation due to being arrested. Both my attorney and I appeared and it was not pursued by the courts.
A few months later now early 2013, I received an expungement, clearing my one and only EVER criminal record. I wrote my declaration, attorney filed the Petition for Dismissal form CR-180 and no appearances were needed.
The arrest really changed me because I truly wasn't engaging in trouble and a mistake I made in 2009 labeled me as the automatic culprit. As a result, I began to disassociate from any risky environments and people that still believed they were invincible. It wasn't worth my marriage or kids. Unfortunately, my decision to tighten the reins created a weight on my spouse. I stayed home, spouse went out. It was slowing becoming a nightmare.
By mid 2014, I called my attorney and paid $1,500 to assist me with a subpoena
I received to testify about a recent domestic violence
incident where I was the victim and spouse was the abuser. My spouse/once best friend was full fledge on drugs. My spouse and his ex-spouse were in an ongoing ugly child custody battle. My attorney knew everything about me and my spouse. He asked me to get the police report since I was the victim. I did. He sent his colleague to represent me. He then began discussing the case with my spouse's attorney without informing me or my consent, he didnt even know my desires yet and gave my spouse's attorney a copy of the report, told me to plea the 5th when testifying at the subpoenaed child custody case (odd), talked me into not testifying in criminal court, to remove the protective order against my spouse then after all that. I later was subjected to my spouse's new form of abuse, my spouse purposely moved two blocks from my house, stalked me, etc. I was hit again. My attorney jumped ship and started to represent my spouse. He got my spouse the minimum time by using his advice against me. Pleading the 5th argued it gave the impression I had some guilt innuendo, removing the CPO argued I wasn't in fear, reminding the DA I had a past record, etc. I didn't even know he was representing him until I showed up at court for his conviction and my attorney that is now his after he saw me talking to the DA and walked up in a panic, spoke with the DA and had a random attorney on the spot fill in for him to sign the plea agreement. I have several witnesses including the DA, victim advocate, my friends mom, etc. There is so many more assertive facts I have logged but need someone to talk in person, etc. It's so much more corrupt and crooked upon discovery than I knew. I have documented hardships since this. Who advocates against Lawyers that do this to people?