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  1. Took care of everything

    Posted by Pamela,
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    • I recommend Forest Morgan.

    Dean took care of everything I needed for my case. I basically had to show up. He kept me informed the entire time and made the whole process very painless.

  2. AVOID AT ALL COST

    Posted by David,
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    • I do not recommend Forest Morgan.

    This guy is all talk, and will tell you he's not in it for the money when it's so clear that he is. Unprofessional and suspect on all his credentials based on this experience.

    He tells me that in my situation it was suitable to go to preliminary hearing so he could go in and review the officer's paper work procedure to see if the officer had done anything irregular or illegal so we could see if we should fight the case or go on with the ARD program. In his emails he goes in great detail how extensive his knowledge is in the DUI field and his expertise gathered from seminars hosted around nationally. This guy not only shows up 30 minutes late keeping the officer and the judge waiting, but goes into the room for only a few minutes. He says he specializes in the DUI field and probably tells all his clients his extensive classes he took at these conferences, but don't be fooled. We met right after and his half ass attitude about the whole thing was underwhelming. He briefly tells me we could fight it, then changes and says its not a bad idea to go ARD because your BAC is low. Tells me officer did the sobriety test correctly on me. What was funny was he spent more time telling me why he was late then actually telling me how he just wasted my first $600 to him for coming to a preliminary hearing that he came late and did absolutely nothing prior, during and after the preliminary hearing. It concluded by him telling me if I wanted to continue his service it would be another $600 more. I had asked him to negotiate the next retainer fee but it was denied and said I was free to find other legal advice.

    Why did this man show up late to my court date when I paid the 650 retainer fee? He says he was in a courthouse and overheard a lady who didnt have an attorney to defend her when the prosecutor/judge was going after her for something ridiculous. So he pretty much goes on to defend her in court, who didnt pay a dime, yet comes late to a client who paid money for your service. Go figure. And don't expect emails from him unless its about payment plans. Once i paid I was the one to initiate any type of communication (has payment been received, can you give me a call, what is the next step).

    "When you retain me, you can be assured that I will be focused on your case, not searching for the next client. I would be happy to meet with you as often as necessary after being retained. "
    "To ensure the most efficient use of our time/efforts, I do not offer in-person meetings until after I am retained. To fully understand our services and the reason why our clients consistently report their satisfaction (including 100% communication satisfaction and 99% overall satisfaction)"

    1. Forest Dean Morgan

      Forest Morgan

      Lawyer Comment:

      David,

      Thank you for taking the time to write this review. However, I believe it would be appropriate to fully inform the reader of your circumstances.

      Prior to retaining me, you received a comprehensive case evaluation. You quoted this in your review. You received a 40 page legal guide. You received a copy of our case results and client reviews. You received our fee agreement. You were fully advised of your options, including the option to not hire a lawyer if you wished to pursue ARD.

      You were given the option of hiring me for the entire process or merely for the preliminary hearing. On August 15th, you hired me for the PRELIMINARY HEARING ONLY. This means, after the preliminary hearing, you ceased to be my client.

      On August 15th, a letter was sent to your address confirming receipt of the payment and my representation. You were provided a copy of the document "Preliminary Hearing Answers." You were advised, "Should you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact me. "

      During the time between retention and the preliminary hearing, my clients are free to speak with me at a time of their choosing. All they have to do is ask. In fact, many of my clients take advantage of this. YOU NEVER ASKED.

      Your hearing was scheduled for September 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Due to time constraints imposed in Lancaster County regarding ARD Applications, an unavoidable scheduling conflict occurred. I attended a hearing for another (paying) client at a nearby location. That hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m.

      Unfortunately, a number of unrepresented individuals were scheduled for 8:45. Because they were unrepresented, their process took longer.

      To move my client's forward, and to do, as we all should expect lawyers to do, I provided pro bono services to an unrepresented person who would otherwise have been screwed by the system. Interestingly, you find fault in this. I think most of my clients (as identified in the 11 5-star reviews) would say this in consistent with my approach to the law. I helped someone who needed help without concern for money.

      I did apologize to you and to the court for my tardiness. The judge was understanding as was the officer. Until this moment, 3 months later, I thought you were as well.

      With respect to your case. Your BAC was low. ARD would result in no loss of license and no conviction. Whereas, going to trial in front of a judge sitting alone, would likely result in a conviction which would remain on your criminal record until you are 70 years old. You were advised of your options and you were told that the choice was yours.

      You have correctly identified that I did nothing for you after the preliminary hearing. As stated above, you only paid for the preliminary hearing. After the preliminary hearing, you were no longer my client. It appears you are under the mistaken impression that I should do work for free.

      Interestingly, it appears that although you express dissatisfaction over my performance at your hearing, you acknowledge that you subsequently wanted to hire me. Why?

      Unfortunately, you sought a discount. Let us not forget that you drive a 2014 2014 Mercedes Benz E350. We can agree that you are not suffering from any substantial financial hardship that would necessitate a discount..

      We can also agree that the fee I charge pays for my outstanding assistant's salary, my overhead, and most importantly, the food that my children eat. Therefore, your attempts to "negotiate" were met with a denial. Any lawyer without the spine to compromise on something as important as his own fee likely lacks the spine to effectively represent someone in court. And again, we must note that you drive a 2014 Mercedes Benz E350. Hardship does not exist.

      You correctly state that you were advised of the opportunity to find other counsel. You did. I wish you well.

      Posted 9 days ago. Flag

  3. The best choice by far

    Posted by Ashley,
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    • I recommend Forest Morgan.

    I just had a case and Dean and his firm are by far the best law firm I've heard of an personally used . He is very knowledgable and very compassionate when it comes to representing his clients . If you need someone who will truly represent you and cares call his office I highly recommend

  4. Outstanding Lawyer!

    Posted by Guy and Sue, a Criminal Defense client,
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    • I recommend Forest Morgan.
    • I hired Forest more than 3 years ago.
    • Forest handled my Criminal Defense matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    Dean is a great communicator who responded to our every inquiry in a timely manner. We always knew what the next step was. He guided us through the local legal system to a resolution of our family crisis. Dean and his courteous professional staff were always there for us. Thank you Dean!

  5. Best Lawyer

    Posted by a DUI client,
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    • I recommend Forest Morgan.
    • Forest handled my DUI / DWI matter.

    Dean is an amazing lawyer who I feel is the BEST at his job. He is a respectful, kind and makes you feel that you are his main priority. He answered emails and phone calls promptly and kept me informed of all possibilities. I highly recommend using Dean as your lawyer if you may find yourself in a not so great situation such as mine. He achieved results that I never knew were possible. My outcome was better than I had expected and I know it was because Dean was on my side the whole way.

  6. Glass Half Full

    Posted by a DUI client,
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    • I recommend Forest Morgan.
    • I hired Forest 1-3 years ago.
    • Forest handled my DUI / DWI matter.

    You will find many competent lawyers on Avvo to handle your DUI case, but due to the complexity and potential impact upon my professional career, I chose Mr. Morgan. Not only is going through the DUI process a humbling experience and a godsmack moment, but it is also intimidating to think I could easily and effectively handle this on my own. Mr. Morgan has the experience of being a police officer, a prosecutor for the D.A., and now a successful defense attorney - the choice was a no-brainer to choose him to represent me. All I can say is that I owe Mr. Morgan and his attentive team a huge debt (he literally saved my career). I can't say that you will have the same results I had, but with Mr. Morgan and his team behind you, you can expect the best possible outcome and then some.

    1. Forest Dean Morgan

      Forest Morgan

      Lawyer Comment:

      Thank you for your kind words. My team and I are humbled and honored by your review.

      Posted over 1 year ago. Flag

  7. Life Transformation

    Posted by a DUI client,
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    • I recommend Forest Morgan.
    • I hired Forest 1-3 years ago.
    • Forest handled my DUI / DWI matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    Attorney F. Dean Morgan's Focus, Dedication, and Knowledge transformed my life. His solution to my DUI issues accomplished everything that I hoped. Incarceration and hefty fines were eliminated. I believe the charge that he negotiated and the hearings will have very positive outcomes. I now have the possibilty and the resolve for a bright future. My thanks seem inadequate. He truly is an instrument of God's blessings.

  8. DUI with positive outcome

    Posted by Rick, a DUI client,
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    • I recommend Forest Morgan.
    • I hired Forest more than 3 years ago.
    • Forest handled my DUI / DWI matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    Dean was able to negotiate a no incarceration sentence for a 3rd DUI in less than 10 years at the Highest level of punishment. I was facing up to 15 months of incarceration. Dean successfully filed a suppression motion that resulted in the DA issuing a 6 month probation sentence. Deans skills are second to none and I would highly recommend him to anyone that finds themselves in need of a solid criminal defense attorney.

  9. High Quality & Valuable Service

    Posted by Jennifer, a DUI client,
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    • I recommend Forest Morgan.
    • I hired Forest more than 3 years ago.
    • Forest handled my DUI / DWI matter.

    Dean helped me achieve speedy resolution with my case despite the complexities involved. He thoroughly explained the DUI/ARD process to me and answered many questions quickly and accurately. I cannot more highly recommend Dean to be your lawyer for the situation you encounter that would necessitate the use of his services.

  10. Very Grateful to Dean

    Posted by Grateful, a State & Local Law client,
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    • I recommend Forest Morgan.
    • I hired Forest 1-3 years ago.
    • Forest handled my State, Local And Municipal Law matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    The court told me I would have to do 60-90 days jail time. Initially, it seemed like a waste of money to hire an attorney. But Dean resolved the matter quickly, and I ONLY had to pay a FINE. Best money I ever spent! Cool guy too, he made it look easy. Thanks!