5.0 stars 38 totalReview Michael Waddington
Micheal Waddington is hands down the best of the best! Selecting Micheal to represent me at my recent court martial was one of the best decision I could have made. Earlier on in my year long journey Micheal and his exceptional staff reached out to CID informing them that I represented and to leave me alone.
Micheal work deligently on my case developing case strategy, gathering evidence and filing critical motions which would eventually lead to my full acquittal of several specifications of Article 120, 134 and 92 charges.
Being tried at general court martial is one of the scariest things I have ever done in my life. Regardless of the evidence in the case the government is coming after you and you are in a fight for your life. Forget the innocent until proving guilty, I'm telling you from experience that you are Guility until you can prove your innocent. Anyone that tellsyou any different has probably never faced 60 years, separation from their family and a complete erase of over a decade of exceptional service to their country. You are Guility until you can prove that your innocent and that's the bottom line! The government has unlimited resources and if you'refacing a sexual assault trail, then the alleged victim has at least three lawyers free of charge at his/her disposal. The Special Victim Counsel, Trial Counsel and the very vicious Special Victim Prosecutor. You my friend have a Trail Counsel whom you will only get assigned after charges have been preferred against you.
So much can go wrong for you during the investigation, charges being preferred and being assigned a trial counsel. As I stated earlier Micheal contacted CID special agents and advised them to leave me alone, with a good lawyer you wont be hounded by CID Agents who claim they want to help. CID is not your friend and they have absolutely no other desire than to aid the government's team of lawyers in gathering information to convict you.
You need a Lawyer, I will warn you however that not all lawyers are equal and sometimes you get exactly what you pay for. If you are facing serious criminal charges than you need a lawyer that has the experience in dealing with such manners. If you are facing a sexual assault allegation there is a 95% or better chance that you are going to trail. I'm sorry to break the news to you but get it in your head I'm in a fight for my life and I'm going to trial. You need a lawyer that has tried cases to verdicts with successful results.
I'm telling you from months of research, that Micheal Waddington is the best lawyer that money can buy. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't trust my life in the hands of no one other than Micheal Waddington. At trail Micheal meticulously exploited all of the weaknesses in the government case. Micheal took the fight to the government and after cross examination of the first witness, he had to government in a defensive posture. At the end of the first day of my trail Micheal was so effective that the government was attempting to offer plea deals, I watched him laugh in their face!!!!
The second day I testified and was well prepared as a result of Micheal preparing me. Then came the scariest 3 hours of my life after the SVP made me look like the worst person that ever walked the planet, Micheal was up and he in a very calm manner changed the perspective of virtually everyone in the room in regards to facts in the case and the type of Soldier I had been and currently was.
Sitting in that waiting room for the decision to come down I remember walking past a table were in plain sight were two boxes containing leg irons and hand cuffs. I say yet again you are in a battle for your life. If it had not been for the exceptional work of Micheal, I wouldnt be typing this messageI. I would be wearing those leg irons and convicted of a crime I didn't even commit. You may think you can't afford a civilian lawyer, I personally feel that you can't not afford one! MICHEAL WADDINGTON!!!!
I hired Michael to represent my son in an aggravated assault case. I have never met a person with the integrity and compassion of Mr. Waddington. He and his law partner Alexandra are the most compassionate, non-judgmental people I have ever met. They have a sincere commitment to you. They never give up.
If you never hired a lawyer before, be careful. Be certain that the attorney your hiring is actually representing your best interests and not the military or themselves. Many ex-military lawyers seem entrenched in the military system and are basically prosecutors taking your money and not fighting for you. Lawyers like Michael and Alexandra Waddington don’t play these game… They truly believe in their client and defend them to the end.
Mr. Waddington let us know up front that the odds were against my son, but that he would do whatever he could to try and avoid years in prison, a felony record and a discharge (which is what the Army lawyer wanted my son to plead guilty to from the beginning). At trial Mr. Waddington presented the case in the best light possible and exposed the holes in the prosecutions case and the lies of CID and other coached witnesses. After a hard fought case, my son was acquitted of the serious felony charges and was allowed to stay in the military thanks to their legal representation.
I found myself in a position that probably most people reading this found themselves in wondering "how did I end up here?"
Upon joining the military straight out of high school at age 18 coming from a long line of men who served in my family, I gladly served my country for over a decade.
Returning to the U.S. from Afghanistan where I was deployed, not long after, I found myself being interrogated by OSI. Bedore I knew it, my rights had been read, I wrote a statement against myself, and I was now under investigation. After 6 hours, my whole world was turned upside down. I was being accused of drug use on two occasions during the time I was a brand new 2d Lt (violation of the UCMJ, article 112a). To add to it, they threw on a charge of making a false official statement (clearance form SF86 drug use question I checked the No box) violation of the UCMJ, article 107. I was a new Captain at the time. After almost 2 years of this ordeal dragging out and being pushed to a court marital (even though the pre-trial decision authority recommended against a court martial) I knew it was time to bring out the big guns and hire a Civilian lawyer to compliment my ADC. It was the best decision I could have ever made!!! You truly do get what you pay for and if there is a will there is a way so cost wasn't even a question. Mr. Waddington truly is the best!
In court he had the judge, jury, and audience laughing a couple times. He made the prosecution look like idiots who were unprepared and novice. The way his mind works is brilliant as he adapts to change on the spot as things shift and unfold continually while he comes up with a fitting plan and strategy that will yield the client's desired results.
If you're in the fight of your life and are wondering if you should seek representation by Mr. Waddington (if you're lucky enough to be taken on as a client) then stop right where you are and pick up the phone!
I almost waited too long, but I got lucky and was able to be represented by Mr. Waddington just months out from my court martial date.
Without Mr. Waddington, I wouldn't be sitting here writing this review. The government has all the money at their disposal to investigate you, to pile witnesses on and subpoena others, unlimited manpower (they had about 5 people from the Jag office working together during my court martial), while you are just one person. With Mr. Waddington on your side, you will give yourself the best fighting chance!!!
The words " NOT GUILTY" pouring out of the jury president's mouth brought a flood of tears to my eyes. No dismissal, no confinement, no discharged. Back to work as if nothing happened.
It has been an emotional roller coaster, but I am beyond grateful to Mr. Waddington and his amazing wife who graciously took me on as a client and won my case for me!
Don't wait any longer! Consult with Mr. Waddington today!!!
My daughter, an officer with an EXEMPLARY record, and I hired Michael to represent her in a trumped up charge that the Air Force had a duty to NOT to prosecute against her, but went forward anyway just because of one arrogant, ignorant and cowardly Colonel, who was in charge of the prosecution, did not know the law and underestimated the sense of justice that the jury would have. Michael's hard work and passion to right a terrible wrong secured an overwhelming NOT guilty verdict from the court martial jury. If you hire Michael you are in excellent hands.
My younger brother was facing 67 years in prison for 3 counts of sexual assault in which he was wrongfully accused. This equated to 14 months of hell for my brother. Facing these ridiculous accusations caused him mental, financial, and physical turmoil. However, I will always be grateful that my brother found Mr. Waddington soon after the charges were brought against him. Being across the globe, I could only hear stories about how professional Mr. Waddington was and how critical he was to help my brother during his preliminary hearings and Article 32. 14 months later, when I was finally able to see Mr. Waddingon in action during the court martial, I could now see what my brother was talking about. From the very beginning, he showed great confidence and ultimately exploited the hidden evidence the prosecutors refused to show in court that would've stopped this trial from happening in the first place. I'll never forget the way he strategically cross-examined the prosecution witnesses to expose the lies that would’ve caused my brother to spend the rest of his life in prison. Waddington was a fantastic attorney, and he cared deeply about his client – my brother. His compassion, his attention to every detail, and his relentless onslaught to expose the truth is what makes him the best defense attorney you can ever find. Thank you Michael, for saving my brother's life.
My nightmare began in July of 2014 whenever I was told by NCIS that I was under investigation for sexual assault. If found in this situation, do not feel that telling NCIS the truth of your innocence will remedy the situation -- they are out to ultimately convict you in a general court martial. By my second interview with NCIS, they stacked even more charges to my charge sheet and I panicked. I scoured the internet and notified my family that I needed to hire a civilian attorney to fight these Article 120 (UCMJ) charges immediately. After talking to one particular civilian attorney who was completely unprofessional in his consultation with myself, is when I found Michael.
My first phone conversation with Michael was reassuring and comforting. The man knows military justice law in and out. He believed in my innocence from day one and his calm, professional, and collective demeanor led myself to retain his representation. I couldn't have made a better choice. Sure, some could say his fees are a bit "high" but when it came to a felony conviction, 67 years in brig confinement, sexual offender registry; this decision was an easy one to make. Money can always be repairable but the aforementioned cocktail of legal repercussions, can not be. He even worked with myself every step of the way financially because he knew I did not make a lot of money.
Michael flew out here to join my military JAG in an attempt to drop these ridiculous charges at the Article 32 hearing. Both of my "victims" refused to testify or even, show up to the hearing (March 2015). They basically accused myself of terrible crimes and we did not see them from the date of accusations (July 2014) until my general court martial (September 2015). Seriously.
Given the political agenda behind sexual assault convictions in the military that I saw from many of Michael's "Military Law Network" videos posted on his website, the preliminary hearing officer's (PHO) recommendation for referral of my charges to general court martial frustratingly came to no surprise. Even though we presented an excellent case, it was now time to prepare for the general court martial (GCM).
Months later, Michael again flew out to Italy to take on the government in my ridiculous case at my GCM. From the very first witness who testified on the stand (the main accuser in the case), Michael tore apart the credibility by forcing her to make continual contradictory statements that made absolutely no sense to the jury. At one point, his co-counsel wrote a note, stating his cross-examination of her was "a bloodbath". I couldn't agree more. He continued this expert level of questioning witnesses, tearing apart their credibility, and presenting favorable evidence at little pin-point accurate moments throughout the trial. His dismantling of credibility didn't just stop at the witnesses, he additionally called out the prosecution for a multitude of factors. The prosecution, knowing that they had a very weak case, tried shady tactics in order to somehow win a conviction: overly objecting, "cherry picking" evidence that would only support their case, berating witnesses, etc.. Michael would have none of it.
I wasn't sure where Michael was going with his closing argument but as he continued on, it was literally a masterpiece in the making. Even the people who attended the GCM asked "who is the guy in that suit that is destroying everybody in this case?". I always felt the proud sensation and urge to yell at them, "that's my attorney!". He made me that proud in the courtroom at all times.
After presenting closing arguments, the verdict finally came out after a 4.5 hour deliberation: "we find Sailor XX...NOT GUILTY on all charges and specifications.".
Please hire Michael if you are in a similar situation -- your freedom is too important to not because I can say with complete confidence, he will be your best fighting chance.
My family and I owe you everything Michael. Thank you so much.
Mr. Waddington did an awesome job defending me. He just went in that court room and destroyed the prosecutions case.
It was a tough case and a long journey as my process took like 7 or 8 months. I regret not hiring Mr. Waddington as soon as CID tried to question me.
I hired Mr. Waddington 3 months after I got charged with RAPE, sexual assault, abusive sexual contact, attempt of sexual assault and wrongful recording.
I only got convicted of a wrongful recording and only 3 months in prison with NO DISCHARGE. Today 16AUG2015 I am still in the army serving this great country.
If you want the BEST DEFENSE out there you need to call and hire Mr. Waddington NO DOUBT! Don't sit around and wait hoping that the prosecution will drop the charges because they WON'T.
Posted by Marcus
If you desire positive results trust in Mr. Waddingtion's meticulous decision-making skills because I personally can attest that he was leap-years ahead of the military prosecution team assigned to my case. He was able to utilized expert witnesses produced by the government to foster positive results! I'd highly recommend Mr. Waddington to anyone facing criminal charges. Trust in his leadership! You'll be glad you did :)
Posted by Jose
After attempting to use the military defense lawyers during a sexual assault allegation and getting no where, I retained Micahel Waddington. As a prior Army lawyer he knows the military system in and out. He specializes in sexual assault cases. The case went to an Arricle 32 after my unit charged me with 4 counts of rape, under political pressure and with no evidence. Michael flew out to the UK and helped me build my defense. He collected all the evidence we had, consulted with the local ADC, prepared me for the hearing and defended me by cross examining the alleged victim whose story fell apart once Mr Waddington stepped in. He was professional and extremely competent. The Investigating Officer recommended that the case not move forward to courts martial and I was eventually accuited and all charges were dropped. Without Mr Waddingtons help, I may have faced a court martial for crimes I did not commit. He was absolutely vital to my defense and worth every penny.
Posted by a client
Mr. Waddington had the upmost respect, professionalism and trustworthiness during my court proceedings. He kept me very informed and really cared about my case which made me feel safe with my decision to hire him. I am happy to say that with his help my charges were dropped after the Article 32 hearing and now I can get back to my normal life after a year plus. I would highly recommend Mr. Waddington.