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Posted by Daniel, a DUI client,
I've known Gary Gerstenfield for years now and I can honestly say that he is the most interesting man in the world. I don't always use a lawyer but when I do, I prefer Gary Gerstenfield. Stay not guilty my friends.
On a serious note,Gary is the best attorney I could have hired. He repeatedly has gotten me off of charges in which i could have received lengthy terms in jail. His charismatic demeanor and quick wits make him a force not to be reckoned with in and out of court rooms. He has been more than a lawyer to me, he's a great friend and I will forever be indebted to Gary and partners.
Posted by J. Thompson, a DUI client,
I am extremely happy with the services given to me by this Law Office. I had my first DUI a few months ago and today I had my MVA hearing, and somehow Gary and Rebecca got the cased DISMISSED! This rarely happens! I, 100% percent recommend their services. They are extremely friendly and always looking out for the clients best interest and best outcome. They were extremely good at answering questions and making themselves available to whenever I needed to talk to them. Rebecca and Gary are also, very knowledgeable with the laws in the state of MD and are very good explaining them to where anybody can understand them. I truly believe that any other lawyer would not have been able to beat the MVA hearing. They are by far, the best. If needed, (which I hope I don't) I will use them again.
Posted by a DUI client,
Hired for DWI case with 9 other associated moving violation charges. I had a prior DUI/DWI 22 years ago that I received probation before judgment (PBJ) which meant as long as I didn't have any significant criminal events during the probationary period the DUI/DWI would never appear on my record as a conviction which I did not have any such events. In turn it would not come up on the average background check and my automobile insurance company would not be aware.
Please NOTE arresting officers, prosecutors and judges have access to PBJ records so they knew I had a previous incident even if this information is not public information available to employers for background checks or to automobile insurance companies.
Due to my most recent arrest and the previous event I voluntarily participated in and completed a 26 hour alcohol education program at T.A.P.E. in Silver Spring, MD under the direction of Jerry Freed at Gary's direction prior to my court appearance. The prosecutor on my current case was requesting jail time as it was a second event even though I had been sentenced to PBJ on the previous event 22 years ago and "technically" had not been convicted.
At my court appearance I signed a waiver relinquishing my rights to a jury trial because there was no question of my guilt based on failed field sobriety tests, which were probably videotaped by the arresting officers, and I consented to breathalyzer testing once I was arrested and tested above the legal limit in Maryland. Also, all of the police officers present at my arrest and the officer who conducted the BAC testing were present in court. Therefore the state had a preponderance of evidence of guilt based on my actions and I pled guilty.
Gary presented to the judge my previous charge before the prosecutor could present any deleterious information associated with that event. He noted that I had not been involved in any other criminal activity during all of the intervening years. He emphasized my professional career path, ethical behavior, remorse for my actions and the extraordinary efforts I had gone through to complete the alcohol education program (i.e. I travel 3-4 days each week but still completed the program prior to my court date).
Ultimately, I'm sure anyone reading these reviews are primarily interested in the outcome of each case. I was sentenced to 18 months of unsupervised probation before judgment (PBJ) , fined $350 and court costs totaling $407.50. All of the associated traffic violations were deemed nolle prosequi (i.e. dropped with no fines or points which Gary had obviously negotiated with the prosecutor before the case was even called).
Posted by Basil, a Criminal Defense client,
Words cannot express my sincere thanks to Gary for protecting my freedom. I worked for an organization owned by Johns Hopkins. For six years, I served my employer with so much loyalty. Despite being 100% devoted, I experienced the misfortune of being part of a series of rudimentary layoffs. I wasn't just laid off; I was accused and charged with theft and theft scheme, each carrying a prison sentence of up to fifteen years. My family was placed under hardship as I was placed on an endless administrative leave without pay for closed to a year, pending investigation of the alleged theft from my employer. Confident that the investigation wouldn't lead to any results that would implicate me as I had done nothing wrong but wholeheartedly served my employer, I was mistaken. Police raided my house and found nothing. They still decided to charge me. Confused about the whole thing and saddened by the inability to take care of my two sons and wife, my family joined me in prayers for God to send us a lawyer that will represent me properly and take me out of this mess. God responded and sent Gary Hale Gerstenfield. Gary took the case personally and seriously. Feeling my pain, he made it a duty to always distract me from thinking of and being worried about the whole situation. Each time we met either over the phone or in his office, he was very humorous, making me to laugh away my troubles. Gary consoled me and answered my calls even while he was at the courthouse representing his other clients.
Though confident after reading so many reviews by his past clients, I almost gave up hope as my court date drew nearer and all Gary did was call me up to tell me not to worry and that he will be in court with me. I was expecting him to schedule appointments with me and discuss and prep me. No, he had his strategy in place. On the court date, Gary still had not met with me. He didn't even tell me what he was to do. When my case was called up, I was worried about the team of witnesses the employer had sent with the State's attorney. On my side, it was just Gary and me. I was intimidated. Guess what...Gary turned things around and made the State's Attorney and his fleet of witnesses a laughingstock as he turned their conflicting and uncoordinated stories against them, making them appear foolish, desperate nervous and dumbfounded. I never took the stand; I never said a single word in court. Gary was strategic with his objections as he vigorously punctured each and every point they made. Gary was vigorous and super aggressive at the State’s Attorney, his lame story and the witnesses. He stood his grounds as he relentlessly went after the police officers who charged me. Thanks to Gary’s vigorous defense, I was found not guilty and the Judge made it clear that the state had no case against me.
Folks, if you need a lawyer who will stand for you, please call Gary. If you want the best defense, do not think twice - call Gary. Thank you Gary and God bless you as you continue to represent and help out many people like myself.
Posted by Bruce, a Criminal Defense client,
I cannot say enough about Gary's services.. I picked up an embarrassing solicitation charge last year and opted to use a cheap lawyer service with the understanding it was my first time offense that I would have no problem getting past the charge. Unfortunately this was not the case.. I pleaded guilty and received no probation or community service all of a sudden I had a criminal charge misdemeanor charge and therefore would have a permanent criminal record!! I simply did not understand the ramifications until after my case was over.. the fact that I hold security clearance means that having this charge could permanently damage my career!! Thank God I did some more investigating to see what my legal options were after the case. After reviewing lawyers and ratings I came across Gary's office.. reviewed the track record and I was impressed with the reviews and case outcomes. I decided to give him a call to discuss my case.. thank goodness I gave him a call because I was just inside my window to file an appeal.. He took on the case and kept me updated on the progress.. after the first hearing, the county decided to change legal processes for solicitation cases that made it much more difficult to have even first time offender charges dropped.. He informed me of the development and possible outcomes but at the same time put together a strategy by requesting additional information from me about being a cleared professional to argue the severity of this charge on my career!! Gary used all the resources at his disposal to include the other law firm lawyer, Rebecca Cosca to fight to get my charges dropped. She was very instrumental in working to get my case resolved. When all was said and done.. I will receive community service and the charges will be dropped and eventually expunged. I cannot say enough about what Gary and Rebecca have done for me. This has been a tremendously stressful experience for me but in the end he used every available resource at his disposal to get me taken care of. The money I spent with him was very well spent.. I almost forgot to say he even adjusted what he would normally charge me based on the money I wasted with the first lawyer I had on the case..Most lawyers will take your money and run with a case..he didnt have to do that but it shows the character of Gary!! The bottomline is I received top notch expert representation from a person that was empathetic about my situation but yet aggressive in seeing things thru for me from start to finish. Lesson learned.. you get what you pay for!! Im so glad I have selected Gary and his team to include Rebecca Cosca.. either one of them are investments well worth it to see your case through.. I highly recommend Gary or Rebecca to see anyone through legal situations!!
Posted by Eric, a DUI client,
Before going into Gary's office, I had spoke with plenty of other lawyers and they seemed like they were trying to roll one over on me. After meeting Gary and his team, I can tell you that this is not the case. I have had other lawyers in the past and I can say that Gary and his staff has a heart to serve their clients. The charges in my case were reduced and I am forever grateful. If you want a lawyer who is funny, compassionate, honest, and will fight for you until the end, then he is your guy.
Posted by Kafil, a DUI client,
Not going to write a long one...BUT, Gary's co-worker, Sarah, is pretty awesome. I called asking for legal advice while Gary was busy, and she gave me the same exact advice as any good lawyer would. Big shout out to her. Gary, if you're reading this, that women deserves a raise. Anyways, thank you guys!
Posted by Ahmed, a Criminal Defense client,
First and fore most I thank you for everything you've helped me with on my case. Gary you are truly an amazing person which I believe reflects very positively on your work. More than anything you care for you're clients well being outside the judicial system. That in it self is rare and reassuring quality. Me and Gary had countless meetings where he asked how I was doing outside of my legal issues, and how I was in life in general. But As far as lawyers go Gary is the most professional I've worked with. His knowledge and the ties he's been able to create over the years are unmatched. Mr. Gerstenfield is well respected and admired in his field and for very apparent reason. Thank you once again for everything!!
Posted by Mike, a DUI client,
Gary did an excellent job on my case. He was always very professional and took his time to answer my questions. I liked Gary's character, as he was always made the situation less stressful by adding a good sense of humor to our conversations. And most importantly- all my charges were dropped. Thanks again Gary!
Posted by Saeid, a Criminal Defense client,
Garry is an excellent Lawyer and I highly recommend him to serve as advocator for his client! He helped me with a protective order. He was patient throughout the whole process. He is very friendly and he has inviting personality. He talked to me not only just as a professional, but he also talked to me like an older brother! Thank you Gary!