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I was charged with Harassment against my ex-wife at the same time she brought a custody petition against me. Mr. Puleo handled both matters.
I can't say enough how pleased I am with his services. He really took the time to hear my side of the story and worked out a great deal for me on both matters. I should also say that he was my court appointed lawyer. I was a little worried at first, but after our first appearance, I could tell he was a professional.
I had both a Neglect case and then a custody case, (kind of related). Dean was there every step of the way. He helped get my son back, helped get me services I needed, and fought for my rights as a parent. He was always available to talk to when I needed, even nights and weekends. If he didn't call, he would text.
In addition, I hired him at a time when I was struggling financially.. He worked with me and I never felt that money was an issue.
My Puleo was assigned, to me++ by the Assigned Counsel Program. After he was assigned he called to introduce himself, and that was the one and only telephone call I received. I called him well over a dozen times, and not one return telephone call. "NOT ONE". One time I called the emergency phone and he stated, "the world doesn't revolve around you" and hung up. Refused to take my call.
On the day of court I was waiting as I never met the man. After about 30 minutes of waiting he emerged from a room with my wife's attorney, and the attorneys for the children--keep in mind I was awarded sole custody of all(4) my children. He made a deal with the other attorneys without any input from me, and before he introduced himself to me, his client.
He was originally appointed because my previous attorney represented my wife in the past, and it was a blatant conflict of interest. I asked him to file a motion to dismiss-he didn't. I asked him to get a change of venue because my family matter was transferred to IDV court because she left her child to move in with a career criminal-he refused. There is more-but to keep in short he did absolutely nothing.
I told him I'm done with this fiasco, and I will never go back to court. Since I'm the custodial parent, and I'm the only parent that supports my boys I cannot afford to miss work. The stress is unbearable, and all the courts do is postpone-time after time. Why can't these people make a decision once and for all. My time matters. I feel the adjournments are just an excuse for the lawyers, judges, and other government workers to justify a paycheck, and do nothing. It's just a good old boys/girls club-that's all, and Dean Puleo is just another part of it.
Yesterday, my boys called me and said since I didn't attend court a warrant was issued. This is number two. The first was for the same, but there was a medical issue, and Mr. Puleo refused to accept my paperwork via fax, once again I called but he never responded. I have not heard anything from Mr Puleo regarding court yesterday, October 08, 2013 -not a call, not a letter, not an e-mail-dead silence.
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I had a speeding ticket for 74 in a 55 and a cell phone ticket. He got me a parking ticket with a $100 fine, and I never had to go to court!
Great Lawyer. Most honest and smartest lawyer I've ever met. Tells it like it is with no B.S. Seems very relaxed, but always has a plan and gets what you want before anyone even knows whats going on.