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Posted by Michael, a Criminal Defense client,
David Parks handled my case with skill and expert strategy. His knowledge of the law and its application is unsurpassed. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Jim, a Criminal Defense client,
If "We find the defendant not guilty" are the six words you would like to hear, contact David M. Parks. Here is how Attorney Parks helped me:
In October 2011 I was teaching my eighth grade English class. Toward the end of the period, with about 10 minutes left, the 17 regular-education students were finishing a quiz. I walked around the room to assess their progress. From the back of the room, I noticed that many students were done, including H. I had noticed previously in the hall that a few girls were wearing white and blue carnations, and that was true of H. Facing her, immediately to her left I quietly said, “That’s nice, what’s that for?” I was pointing with my right index finger (I am right handed) and came very near the flower with my finger. As I was walking away, H replied, “Mr. D__ gave them to us for our last soccer game.” She said nothing else, no other reaction from her. Soon class ended.
An hour later, the principal came into my room and told me that H claimed that I had touched her breast. I told him, “That’s a lie,” that I had complimented her on the flower that I may have touched the flower; if so, it was very lightly and I wasn’t even sure that I had actually touched the flower. Soon I phoned the union president. Two days later, the school superintendent told me that the girl and her parents had filed a formal complaint, and at 10 AM a local cop told me that I should report by 2 PM to be arrested.
I procured the services of local lawyer TB, and he met me at the police station at 2 PM, where I was arrested and charged with “forcible touching,” a Class A Misdemeanor. Soon, I appeared before a village judge and I was released on my own recognizance. After a number of hearings and delays, while I was on administrative leave, I noticed at one of the hearings that my lawyer TB was quite friendly with the ADA handling my prosecution. I also noticed that he rolled his eyes to the judge about the judge’s clerk. It was all seeming too friendly while nothing was getting done on my behalf. When a neighbor who works in another court system told me that I was likely being used as a pawn in a game in which I did not know the rules, I decided to seek other council. Apparently, on a local level, this kind of horse trading is quite common, all at the expense of defendants!
In early February, 2012, on the recommendation of my private investigator, I hired David M. Parks of Ithaca Law. A partner in this firm, reputable, he was working for me with the full force of the firm on my behalf. At the time he charged me $250 an hour, the same as the small-time Bath lawyer.
Over the next seven months, the most stressful of my life, David was with me every step of the way. He involved me in every decision and had some ideas that had been completely overlooked by my first lawyer – most notably the idea of retrieving the girl and her lying corroborating friend’s cell phone records. Too bad my first lawyer never thought of that, as I’m sure it would have ended then and there; however, cell phone records are not kept long (only 2 wks.) which DMP knew; nevertheless we requested them – in the hope of scaring the truth out of the girls. His most successful strategy was a site visit. We went to the school and recreated the incident through measurements, photographs and graphic representations. There is nothing like a picture to assist a jury.
It took until August of 2012 for the matter to be resolved by a jury of six who deliberated for six minutes. During the two-day trial I was always included by David in the judge’s chambers as the lawyers debated legal points before the judge. And throughout the entire ordeal, attorney Parks was 100% available to me – We communicated in person, by phone, by email, by text. His administrative assistant / paralegal Deanna Hill was an immense help with flawless information.
I recommend David M. Parks without reservation.