|Douglas Wilder represented me in a DWI case in 2008. I paid him $5000 because he claimed to be the best, and that he felt he could handle the case. I tried many times prior to the trial to discuss the case with him, but he continued to put me off, and never took notes regarding my scenario. |
In turn, on the day of court, I was supposed to be seen at 8 am. He asked I be there promptly so we could discuss the case. In effect, he did not show up until after 10 am, and had gone in and made a totally unsatisfactory settlement with the judge without my presence. Why, because he did not even know all the facts. When he came out the first time and told me the decision he had made with the judge, I asked him if he even mention some important facts regarding the case. He forgot! He then went back in by himself, only to come back out with a verdict that still was not satisfactory. Finally, I asked if I could go in and talk with the judge as well.
When I went in, I explained to the judge that, I was not even driving, my car was turned off, the keys were in my pocket, and the officer pulled on to the street before I had even gotten back in my vehicle. In turn, I got the judge to drop most all charges, but being the expert that Doug wilder claims to be, you would think he would have request I get a PI rather than a DWI. He did not think to do it.
Furthermore, he tells me he is in a hurry to present on another case, and told me to just sign two documents and were out of here. I was just excited about getting most every fine dropped; I assumed it was safe to sign what he had presented to me. What he had me sign was a plea that I was guilty of a DWI, and that I cannot appeal the case ever. Why would I pay him $5000 to have me sign a document stating that I was guilty of DWI? That is what I hired him for in the first place was to have the DWI charge removed, and at least been charged with a PI.
The reason being for all this devastation to my rights was because Doug Wilder never even prepared for the case in advance. He showed up, and did not even have all the facts. I basically went in, did his job, and got a majority of the initial restitutions taken off. What a crook!
JUST FOREWARNING: If you want an attorney who rides on his ego rather than properly serving his clients, this is your man. If you want an attorney who will listen to you, and work for you, especially after you pay them $5000, be smart and go elsewhere besides Doug Wilder!!!