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Posted by A.J., a Criminal Defense client,
My case originally began with a very expensive, highly recommended attorney, rated a perfect 10 on this site, that I paid a small fortune to retain. What a HUGE mistake! I was tossed in a stack of files and only got 5-10 minute appointments, afterwards I left more afraid for my future and felt I was being forced to admit wrong doings that were completely false, all in hopes of taking a plea to something I did not do! When i tried to offer that lawyer explanations all I got in return were snide replies and told how he wanted to proceed with my case. During high crisis moments in my case I was lucky to get his paralegal, who's advice contradicted the attorney's and when he did call me back hours later, I was scolded and all but hung up on! Despite my opinion of lawyers at this point I took a huge leap of faith and contacted Jesse. I cannot express the overwhelming feeling of confidence and reassurance, without any false hope, for the first time since this began 1 year ago I could see the light at the end of the tunnel!! Our first meeting, he sat down with me and actually listened, really listened to my side. He is open, honest, knowledgeable, experienced, and just plain sharp! I retrieved my files from the so called top 10 lawyer I fired and drove right over to Jesse's office on a Friday. He discussed the details of my case in a thorough, caring manner. Explained my charges, their strengths and weaknesses, making sure I fully understood every aspect. My first meeting with Jesse lasted longer than the 6 months of appointments I had with my previous attorney. That night I finally felt relief and knew I was in competent hands, that will truly fight for my best outcome! My ordeal is still ongoing, but I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted. Jesse then continued working through the weekend on my case, he has even taken the time to contact me personally every step of the way, even on a Sunday morning, when most lawyers are off playing golf! I have become very leary of lawyers blowing smoke to get your cash and add you to their other sheep farm, right from the start, I knew this was not the case! I would hire him to defend my own child, god forbid the need ever came to be, this is my level of confidence in this bright, clever, caring man! If you find yourself in a legal bind, I highly recommend you look no further than Jesse Scharff. He will find the strengths and weaknesses in your case and has the knowledge and dedication to get you the best results possible. Finally, a real lawyer that takes his oath seriously! Again I strongly urge you to take my advice and call him immediately, I was shocked when I dialed his number and the voice that answered was his! Try calling around and see if you can find that kind of dedication anywhere else. I cannot say enough about his skills as a lawyer, his background acquiring his experience is admirable and proves true dedication, one every criminal defense lawyer should possess. My only regret is not finding him sooner!
Posted by Benny, a DUI client,
I don't have a reference for comparison but my charges made up for a lifetime of not getting into trouble. Jesse put me at ease and was very reassuring that everything would work out and be okay. I trusted him and he came through for me. I asked him once why he wanted to do this line of work, since the guilty probably outnumbered the innocent. His answer, "To level the playing field". I believe he felt I was innocent in my case. It was a long ride from guilty to innocent but I'm glad Jesse was at the steering wheel.
I hope I will never need him again. But if I do or someone else does, he will come highly recommended. Thank you Jesse
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
Unfortunately Jesse had to defend my daughter for a second drug incident. It didn't look good on her end. However, Jesse was able to take the facts and speak with the DA. Once the court date rolled around Jesse was able to present a legitimate defense and the case was dismissed. Jesse is a seasoned professional and is great at what he does. He was quick to return phone calls and emails. He kept calm through both events and brought a peace to both myself and my daughter. through Jesse's efforts, my daughter was still able to continue with her career and educational goals. Jesse is great. I highly recommend Jesse should you need a defense attorney.
Posted by a DUI client,
Jesse explored so many angles, and was eventually able to chip away at the case enough to raise reasonable doubt and get a "not guilty" verdict. Although it was a long process, for sure, he remained encouraging but realistic, which was so very important to me. I was a newbie to all of this, and appreciated his deliberate step-by-step approach.
The "gatekeepers" at the firm were less than ideal, however. They were often slow with correspondence, made mistakes with messages and scheduled meeting times, etc.
Posted by Anna, a Criminal Defense client,
Jesse is a very enthusiastic lawyer. It was a quick and easy process. If I did not hire him I would have probably been in a more serious issue than I already was. He was responsive to me and I was informed on every little detail throughout the case. He had helped me to see a better path and I am very thankful. I would highly reccomend hiring him!
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
I am a very honest and direct person. I really appreciated that Jesse was always honest and direct and that he was very tactful as well as highly perceptive. I know that everyone accused of a crime says that they are innocent of the charges - I truly am. He never doubted my innocence for a second and was ready for battle from day one. He always kept me informed of my plea options, but when I told him I would never plead to guilty, he never tried to push me to do so.
We got to know each other over two and a half years and over those two and a half years, he always kept in touch. He never missed an appointment. He built a personal relationship with my family and I. He also knew the details of this case inside and out, never missing a beat.
I'm not one to exaggerate, but Jesse truly is my hero. He's an excellent attorney, who, in winning my case, overcame very much adversity in what I would call an impossible case to win. I'm not going to sugar-coat anything. I was accused of a assault on a female. There was blood and an injured nose. There were kids on the premises. There was a police officer with false statements and no notes or records of notes taken. I am a black male. My accuser was a mixed female. This was my only dealing with the law and legal matters in general. At the time, I was a full-time graduate student and working two jobs. There is no way I would have been able to clear my name without a great lawyer. Jesse is excellent.
Jesse is also an avid listener, great speaker, as well a family man. He built a strong connection with my family as we bonded throughout the course of this case. I genuinely felt that he had a personal investment in my case. I knew that the only one who wanted to win this case and clear my name as much as me was Jesse.
Jesse is a master strategist and communicator who brings a wealth of experience and insight to the table. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a great lawyer.
Posted by Trish, a DUI client,
Jesse handled my case with professionalism from beginning to end. The first meeting with him made me feel confident that he would do everything he could to help me win this case. He made me feel comfortable and always answered my questions in easy to understand answers. In my particular case, he felt that my fourth amendment rights were violated and I was pulled over without probable cause - which is what I felt all along. Even though the district court judge did not see things our way, Jesse was persistent and confident that a superior court judge would see things differently. He was right! Even though the legal process is long and drawn out, it was all worth it in the end. I was spared from thousands of dollars of expenses normally incurred in DUI cases. In addition, the emotional burden that comes with a legal case likes this has been lifted - which is priceless! I would highly recommend Jesse Scharff.
Posted by a DUI client,
When I realized I needed a lawyer I was totally overwhelmed by the amount of offices to choose from. I called around to get a price range, but it wasn't until I called Jesse's office that I knew I had contacted real people that would pay attention to my case and not just brush me off after I had handed over a check.
I had a lot of questions and Jesse made it clear from the beginning that I could contact him anytime and did a great job of managing my expectations so I understood the possible outcomes for my case. The staff was equally as helpful. I could drop by the office anytime and ask a question or call or even email and they always followed up with me quickly. Jesse and his team kept me informed of court dates and if and when the clerk screwed up the time Jesse intervened so the judge wouldn't hold it against me.
I have friends with horror stories of lawyers ignoring their calls or not showing up for court dates and I'm so grateful I didn't have to deal with any of that. Even after my case was settled, I ran into Jesse and he gave me advice on the fly for a totally unrelated issue. I hope to never need Jesse again, but I know if I do he'll take care of me.
Posted by Tony, a Criminal Defense client,
Mr. Scharff represented me in an assault case. He was able to get the case dismissed. I was very impressed with his demeanor in the courtroom - very assertive. I hope I never need a criminal defense attorney again, but if I do, I know whom I will call. However, the paralegal staff at Roberts was unacceptable. They answered for Mr. Scharff and made it difficult to contact him. The updates about the case that they provided were not helpful.
Posted by a client,
Jesse is hands down the best thing that happened to me after being charged with larceny. He moved with God's speed to get the charges dismissed and my name cleared, when my reputation was being questioned and my career was on the line. His knowledge, disposition and skills are remarkable, and I have no doubt God put him in front of me for a good reason. I have tremendous respect for him, his follow through, commitment and people skills. While being incredibly savvy, Jesse also has great social skills - a combination that is sometimes hard to find. I strongly believe that his confidence and assurance gave me the peace I needed when the ground was caving on me. He delivered the dismissal he told me he would get me, took care of me and had my back! Jesse is a good man, an outstanding lawyer and someone I will forever thank!!