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John P Rutkowski

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Steven

    OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL ATTORNEY

    JR is an experienced professional in all aspects of criminal law. John got me out of a huge debacle in Philadelphia where I was facing Definite jail time. Long & short Mr Rutkowski was able to find cracks in the case which led to a dismissal of all charges! John is a consummate professional who will work with you from beginning to end. With an ocean of lawyers in the tri state area John is king in my eyes. If you want the best look no further.

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by Kristina

    Divorce and Custody

    I hired John to represent my daughter and her 4 children in Divorce/Custody case. At first, he seemed interested but as time went on, a very short period of time, she could see clearly that he was not all that interested. In the short period of time he was her attorney - an abusive husband who flew under the radar for 10 years got 50% time visitation - absolutely unheard of. He was NON supportive to my family when we needed legal support the most. He told my daughter on more than one occasion that he didn't have time to answer all her emails and texts. I'm sure he is a good criminal defense lawyer, but if you need a FAMILY lawyer - look elsewhere. I ended up retaining another attorney so the almost 4,000 we paid him was just flushed down the drain

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    John P Rutkowski’s response: “Equal Custody Trumps Long Commute to School Brian Vertz April 12, 2015 Child Custody, Court Decisions When one parent moves to a new neighborhood after having equal shared custody, the move might cause a longer commute time for a children traveling to and from school. In a recent published decision, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania considered whether it was reasonable to shift primary custody to one parent in order to limit the child’s commuting time. In R.S. v. T.T., 2015 Pa. Super. 72 (April 10, 2015), the mother of a 6 year old child was awarded primary custody because equally shared custody would require the child to commute up to 40 minutes to and from school if he stayed with Father during the week. Both parents agreed that a shared custody schedule would require the child to spend too much time riding back and forth in a car. Mother testified that a shared custody schedule had become impractical when the child start to attend full day elementary school, as it would prevent the child from establishing predictable routines and establishing roots. The trial court agreed, holding that the commuting would undermine the child’s stability. The Superior Court disagreed, overturning the trial court’s decision. First, the Court noted that Mother and Father had not agreed to terminate the shared custody arrangement in order to avoid commuting. Next, the Court held that a child’s attachment to his parent was more important than avoidance of a 40 minute daily commute. The Court even suggested a week on/week off custody schedule to minimize the number of weekly custody exchanges. The Court also emphasize the importance of considering all ramifications stemming from a change in the custody arrangement. Finding that the trial court had not adequately considering the potential damage to the child’s relationship with his father, the Superior Court vacated the order.”
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by Brandon Hall

    He is not there for you

    I had a case that lasted 2 years with Mr. Rutkowski. During this time he never provided my discovery packet, although I repeatedly asked for it. He moved out of state without my knowledge. When my court date came around he made it very obvious that he had other business in PA where he moved. In the end, I received the same deal that I could have got on my own with a public defender. In my opinion, he will not fight for you in court and will only do what accommodates his life. I will say with certainty that he is not a good lawyer. What else can you expect from a former FHP officer?

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    John P Rutkowski’s response: “I do not know who this ex client is, so I can not commit on this statement, but I will correct the statement that I was a former FHP (Florida Highway Patrol Officer). I actually am a retired Deputy Sheriff. Please if you are going to complain the least you can do is get your facts straight.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Criminal Defense client

    Five-Star Attorney

    I put my faith in Mr. Rutkowski and I'm glad I did. He really invested himself into my case and everything worked out. He's also a pretty cool guy to chat with while waiting through hours of courtroom boredom.

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Criminal Defense client

    Didn't give me a clear path forward

    At first Mr. Rutkowski seemed very sympathetic to my plight. However, as time went on, he seemed less concerned about the outcome of my case. While I thought he was a very nice man, he seemed preoccupied with more important cases. He often traveled to other states in which he passed the bar, making it difficult to catch up with him. It was difficult to have papers reviewed when he was several states away. There were often long lags and poor follow-up. I felt that he didn't ask pertinent questions to me nor did he push for an ideal outcome. The self-confidence that he had upon first meeting seemed to have eroded. That is unfortunate, as I believe he is a good person. I think a lawyer who does not split time between far away states would be a better option.

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    John P Rutkowski’s response: “Client was arrested and charged with Obtaining a Prescription Narcotic by forgery. This was Client’s first arrest and I believed she may have been eligible for placement in Montgomery County’s ARD program. I knew that placement in ARD would be difficult due to the nature of the charge and I told the Client that. An alternate consideration, if Client was not accepted in to ARD was Drug Court. Both successful competition of ARD or the Drug Court would result in the charge being dismissed and Client would have been eligible to have her record expunged. I, along with Client’s doctor, worked very hard trying to convince the District Attorney’s Office that Client was a good candidate for ARD. This was her first arrest and she had stressing family and mental health issues which caused her to act out of the norm. The District Attorney’s Office disagreed with ARD, because they believed my Client had drug addiction, and offered drug treatment court as an alternative. Client was informed the District Attorney rejected ARD, but accepted drug court. Client vehemently denied any drug addiction and declined participation in drug court. Client released me from further representation and retained other counsel. To date Client has not been placed in ARD or Drug Treatment Court and it appears from the docket Cleint’s second attorney has ask the Court to be permitted to withdraw as counsel. I am licensed in Pennsylvania, Florida and Georgia. And on two occasions Client called me when I was in Georgia on a case, however, I spoke with Client each time and provided her with whatever information she was seeking. I am sorry that my Client was not satisfied with my representation however; she was not eligible for ARD and refused to participate in Drug Court. I do not believe any of my other cases were at fault in this outcome. John Rutkowski”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Criminal Defense client

    bench warrant

    for almost 22 years i had an open bench warrant, these 22 years i had a lfe but was not living, being impressed by Mr Rutkowski's, website and track record of helping good people who blundered, i contacted Mr Rutkowski explained my situation, he immediately checked my background he noted it was an old case, he could advocate on my behalf and I might not have to attend the hearing, but could not determine an outcome of the case, the conversation alone with Mr Rutkowski gave me a gut feeling, this attorney could be trusted and would do his best to help me, Mr Rutkowski as a defence attorney was the best decision I made in my entire life, the cases was called up and dismissed, I hold Mr Rutkowski in high regard and will recommend him to all good people who had a brush with the law and had been brushed off. thanks Mr Rutkowski. May God bless you more and God bless the USA

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Anthony

    Had my doubts but it all came to in the end

    I really had my doubts at first but John did what he said he was going to do I am a Florida Resident who had a criminal case in Philadelphia, PA
    John took my case and was totally successful getting everything cleared for me he has restored my faith in lawyers I would suggest to anyone reading this to give him a try he is a great lawyer :) thank you so much.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Lauren

    Fantastic Lawyer

    John was an incredible lawyer. My fiance and I hired him for 2 - 10 year old dui cases and a possession case. After dealing with a lawyer that made my fiance and I feel like morons that didn't deserve his time he was a breath of fresh air. He took as much time as necessary to explain things to us to make sure we understood. He was never in a rush to stop talking to me even though I knew he had many other cases and I had questions for him everyday! He was always honest with us and made sure we understood what was going on and what could happen and what he was trying to have happen. He answered every phone call, email or text message quickly. He went to speak with my fiance while he was incarcerated which was very appreciated. I hope to never need to hire a lawyer again but if I do I'm glad we know John. As far as the outcome he got us better results then we could have hoped for. For 2 dui's he told us to expect 2 - 48 hour sentences and my fiance got 6-12 months probation. For the possession charge it was dismissed. Thanks again John!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Saad

    Knowledgeable, Responsive, Caring, Professional

    I retained Mr. Rutkowski to represent my son who is a freshman at university in Philadelphia. My son was falsely accused of inappropriate conduct with a female student. Mr. Rutkowski, who I knew was a former police officer, talked to the detective assigned my son’s case and after to told her the true facts and showing her all the good work my son has completed she closed the case. I live out of state and was very worried for my son. Mr. Rutkowski returned my calls timely no matter how late I called. I highly recommend Mr. Rutkowski.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Mike

    Great Attorney

    Was able to secure a not guilty verdict in my child molestation case.

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