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Posted by a DUI client,
I recommend Steven M. Raiser, and Raiser & Kennif, absolutely. We used this site (Avvo) to find the firm, and the reviews here steered us right. From the moment we called, through the consultation, and through the year plus of interaction, Steven kept me assured and informed, and always gave me clear options and time to consider them. There was never any pressure to take the case a specific way, and the value and quality of the legal services are both outstanding. Mr. Raiser acquired excellent outcomes for me all along the way.
Specifically, Mr. Raiser argued for, and got for me against the odds, a hardship license that allowed me to drive to work immediately following my DWI charge, rather than having to wait for a conditional. To get this privilege for me, Mr. Raiser remained at court throughout most of a day, because he had to find an alternate judge to even hear the request, and to wait for a space on that docket. Mr. Raiser also handled for me the DA's seizure-of-vehicle process, so that I did not have to think about that additional headache. He did this at no extra charge, despite its being an entirely separate proceeding from the DWI charge. Additionally, Mr. Raiser and associates always helped me avoid conflicts with work and court dates, by asking me in advance and advocating for dates that worked for me--even, for example, when I was out of state for work for more than a month.
Mr. Raiser patiently explained information to me, no matter if he had explained it before. As things progressed and new options or information became part of the picture, I always felt assured, and reassured, by Mr. Raiser and the firm. When you are dealing with a completely unknown, unfamiliar, and stressful legal/criminal situation, this assurance, reassurance, and patience are very valuable. Of course, just feeling good isn't enough; you want a good outcome. Mr. Raiser also delivered an excellent outcome.
In the end, I got the best outcome I could have hoped for. Mr. Raiser pursued every reasonable avenue. My relief at the disposition of my case was and is immense. I was able to be involved in decisions when that made sense, and to not be involved when it didn't-- the whole point of having professional representation. Mr. Raiser took the case to the eve of trial, where we gained the most positive disposition. Mr. Raiser was prepared to take the case to trial, and his knowledge and expertise helped me to understand why this might be the best strategy to pursue, despite my lack of understanding and my fears. It was a great relief to know I was in good hands. Mr. Raiser and his associates also stood out in the court setting for their professionalism and demeanor.
The bottom line is, Mr. Raiser and his firm provided excellent, ethical, effective legal services, and they did so with respect and understanding. I would use them again in an instant should I require legal advice or services, and I would recommend them to anyone--family, friend, colleague.
Posted by a client,
When I needed to find an attorney I didn't know where to start. I came across Mr. Raiser's website and was very impressed. However I was uncertain if he was as good as his website indicated. My doubts quickly disappeared as I spoke to Mr. Raiser on the phone and met him in court. Every time I called his office he quickly returned my calls and took as much time as I needed on the phone. Even his receptionist was very helpful and supportive.
When Mr. Raiser had one of his associates help me in court, he assured me that I need not worry because his associates were very competent. He also said that he treats every case as his own. In my experience I found that both of his statements were absolutely true.
Mr. Raiser is a definite professional and knows the system very well. He gave me confidence and was a tremendous help. The amount he charged me was very fair. When it comes to Mr. Raiser and his associates, you can forget all those money-hungry lawyer jokes. He really is a wonderful attorney who cares and works very hard for his clients. I recommend him highly.
Posted by Michael Goettelmann, a Criminal Defense client,
First I would like to say thank you for everything you did for me. You really are a professional Lawyer with a heart that cares about what happens to his client . I'm not happy to say But I've had a lot of run ins with the law. What I was facing and what you have done for me, I really cant thank you enough . Your office was always calling to remind me of my court dates ,they were always their to talk if you weren't . They didn't just put me on hold and take messages they new my case WELL too. They had answers ..... I've had a lot of lawyers NONE of them come close to you. Gods Blessings Michael
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
Very professional and very knowledgeable. I'm glad that I found him! I definitely feel more at ease with him as my lawyer.
Posted by Howard, a DUI client,
My experience with the Law Firm of Raiser & Kenniff began after I experienced much disappointment with my previous attorney. I was referred to Steven Raiser by a professional associate, and never looked back!
At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I now reside in Florida, though my Court appearance was in Central Islip, Long Island. I wasn’t able to meet Steven in person, so an initial phone conversation would necessarily have to make me feel comfortable that I was going to be represented properly, with a feeling of mutual trust. At the end of the conversation, I knew I had found the best attorney to represent me!
Even so, I didn’t sign our agreement immediately, as I wanted to ponder what Steven and I had discussed, and make a logical, unemotional decision on how to proceed. Needless to say, there was a lot at stake for me personally and professionally in making the decision to go with Raiser & Kenniff.
After about a week of thinking whether I should move forward with Steven, I did make the decision to hire his firm, and an agreement was drawn up and sent to me via email, which I signed after some further brief explanation, and a minor amendment. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made!!
My particular case had been adjourned many times before Steven’s firm came on board, and it didn’t change much after that. For almost 6-months, Raiser & Kenniff patiently represented me in court in my absence, as I was traveling on business to various States and then back to Florida. Not once was I concerned about our remote relationship, and after each court adjournment, I received a prompt call from Raiser & Kenniff letting me know what happened in court and when my next trial date was scheduled for. Working at a distance during this period with Raiser & Kenniff was painless and put my mind at ease even more as we went along.
When the time finally came for my trial to take place, I flew up a few days prior to prepare emotionally for my day in court. Steven called me several times to walk me through several scenarios we could potentially encounter from the Assistant District Attorney (ADA), the Judge and the Jury. We went through each of these scenarios several times so I was completely comfortable with what would potentially take place in the court room. He advised and guided me with patience and empathy.
I finally met Steven Raiser in person on the first day of my trial. We connected immediately, and got down to the business of my defense. As is the case with many incidents in my life, the folly of my trial and court proceeding events soon began. The ADA decided at the last minute to submit revised evidence, which Steven was aware they would attempt. The Judge allowed this occurrence, and several others from the ADA that Steven handled with professionalism and a passion for his work. Throughout the entire trial, which took 5-days due to many unusual events and circumstances, Steven maintained his composure and patience with a Judge who was not easy to negotiate and deal with. There were moments when both of us couldn’t believe what was taking place, but in the end, I got my day in court, and Steven Raiser won an acquittal for me, redeeming me from being labeled a criminal for the rest of my life.
Words can’t really express how much gratitude I have for Steven, Tony, Christine, Jesse, Jeanne and the rest of the staff at Raiser & Kenniff. Without their dedication, perseverance, patience, passion and empathy for my case and for me personally, I don’t think I would have been able to keep my pristine record of excellent citizenry intact.
I wholeheartedly endorse and recommend Steven Raiser and the firm Raiser & Kenniff to anyone that has any delicate issue with a criminal court. He is truly an exemplary Lawyer and is benchmark for all in his profession to attempt to live up to.
Posted by Patrick, a Violent Crime client,
Mr. Raiser was assigned to my case and to be honest, it was a blessing from God to have an attorney this dedicated and helpfull. The charges I was facing were serious but without hesitation Steve fought my case and defended me beyond my highest expectations. Not only did he uphold an extreme level of professionalism, he made me feel as if he was a part of my family and was there to give me "pep talks" while i was struggling with the burden and pressures of incarceration. If i needed someone to talk to Steve would make the time. Also, being my first (and hopefully last) legal predicament, I was entirely unfamiliar with the inner workings of the legal system. Steve didnt hesitate to to educate me and explain each aspect of the legal process. Also he was kind enough to keep my family in the know during the entire process. Last but not least, to the entire staff aiding the attorneys and recieving my many many phone calls,Thank you. To everyone at this law firm, Your professionalism is in a caliber that many can only aspire to. I would strongly recommend this team to anyone seeking only the best attorneys to represent them.
Posted by Denise, a DUI client,
I had a case that lasted almost 3 years due to the state. As any case, this one especially due to the duration was very taxing on my mind and my time. Steve Raiser made the entire process for me so much better. It was a huge offense, and his professionalism, dedication, drive and knoweldge got the result that was true and needed... "NOT GUILTY" I was innocent in the matter, and although so hard to prove, Steve had the heart, the dedication and the resources to get justice served for me. His supporting staff made this process much more pleasurable for me as well. I am eternally grateful.
Posted by Patrick K, a Criminal Defense client,
â€œMr. Steve Raiser did an excellent job handling my case, his hard work led to the dismissal of my cases. Not only was Steve Raiser very professional, he was also very personable as I was able to talk to him as a friend and seek advice from him. Steve Raiser made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend him to family, friends, and anyone who is in need of help from an attorney
Posted by Leston, a Criminal Defense client,
Mr. Steve Raiser did an excellent job handling my case, his hard work led to the dismissal of my cases. Not only was Steve Raiser very professional, he was also very personable as I was able to talk to him as a friend and seek advice from him. Steve Raiser made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend him to family, friends, and anyone who is in need of help from an attorney.
Posted by Juan, a Criminal Defense client,
I recently hired Steven Raiser to represent me, and he did an excellent . I would recommend him to anyone.