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Posted by a Car Accident client, Flag
When my daughter approached me regarding the reckless Driving Case I didn’t even think it was her fault but I knew it didn’t sound good. She got into an accident by trying to avoid an accident and she was then accused of speeding. The other driver admitted driving out in front of her. When the police officer arrived, he asked what happened, got into his vehicle and handed my daughter the summons for Speeding. I didn’t understand how he determined this without getting all the information. It was shocking to us to have the officer ask only one question of each of the people involved in the accident; namely, what happened? He never asked where the cars were and since they had been moved to allow traffic through, he could not have understood how this accident happened. He claimed that he could see skid marks on our gravel road. We had been waiting for the officer for about forty five minutes and probably about twenty cars passed us. The officer claimed later that he had “stepped out” the distance of the skid marks. We never saw him do that and he had no frame of reference that could have produced a beginning and ending mark. The ethics of the officer alarmed me as I had always believed that state police officers, particularly, were held to a very high standard. The charge seemed to us a casual afterthought rather than a thought out charge.
I later went on the internet and looked up reckless driving on a Sunday morning and saw that it was more serious than expected. I found Price Benowitz, LLP and their office was the first one to call and connected me with Steve Duckett. I hired Steve Duckett and he did manage to get the charged dropped to improper driving and get it away from Reckless even though I still believe she wasn’t at fault and that the officer had no reason to charge her. Steve was fabulous and very professional, thorough, on time, and I would hire him again. We had to sit there for hours because the prosecutor was pushing back. You could tell he knew exactly what to expect and who we were dealing with and I’m glad he managed to get the result he did.
We did not fully understand the courtroom lingo or even how the outcome was reached specifically but it was clear that Mr. Duckett understood and effectively controlled the courtroom outcome. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Crystal, Flag
Steve was retained by me to represent my family member who was extradited from Florida. He was very responsive to my initial call, presented his fees and retainer agreement promptly and proceeded to work on the case even before my family member was in the state. He continued to follow up on the case until she arrived there, and was able to very quickly have the Commonwealth of Virginia identify that my family member was not responsible for the crime committed there and have her immediately released. He also assisted her in getting accommodations, her identification documents and on a plane to return to Florida. He not only was legally superior, his compassion and understanding, not to mention personal assistance, was above and beyond my expectations. We are forever grateful for his stellar service.