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I first met Steven Sessa after being released on bond for an arrest on charges called "Domestic battery with Strangulation" In short, I was accused of putting my hands around my wife's throat during an argument. She was not actually strangled, or even hurt, but that's irrelevant. This is a much more serious charge than "Domestic Violence" which can be as little as touching someone's arm or hand.
Without going into the specifics of what happened, I'll tell you that I was horrified about the whole matter. My daughter was just 1 year old at the time, and I was told right away that I wouldn't be able to see her for a long time. This didn't seem fair, because she was not present when this occurred. There was talk of jail time for the offense. The court then offered 2 years of probation (I had no criminal record) along with an order that I would only be able to see my daughter in the presence of whoever the court deemed appropriate, be drug tested, etc.
My wife and I wanted to seek counseling, and work this out as a family. She and I knew the truth about what had occurred. We knew we had a problem. But we agreed that the state prosecutor and the court system did not seem to have our interests, and most importantly the best interests of our child, at heart.
Steven got extremely involved. We had long conversations in his offices that I know I was never billed for on time basis. He cared. He actually listened to me. He understood how I felt as an accused felon, as a father. I refused to take the plea agreements offered by the prosecutor. He advised me on what was possible, and did everything he could to keep me out of jail, and worked toward the ending that would reunite my family.
In time, the entire case was dismissed. Now, my daughter is five years old, and my wife and I are happy. nobody uses violence in our family. We do argue. After all, it's been almost 30 years! But we handle it as a family.
When I look into my daughters beautiful eyes, I give thanks for all the blessings that have made our lives together possible. Steven knows I'm a devoted father; we keep in touch. And it is my hope that after reading this you understand that Mr Sessa is a guy you want on your side.
In early 2012, my wife was driving Eastbound on Donald Ross Rd in Palm Beach Gardens and was involved in a serious car accident. The police report said that she had run a red light in my SUV, and struck a sedan with two people inside. Both were injured, and the passenger was seriously injured, though later recovered. Witnesses at the scene initially said that my wife had a green light, then upon speaking with police, said they were not sure. My wife maintains to this day that the light was green for her.
There were no mitigating factors in the accident. No alcohol, distractions such as cell phone use, and it was a perfectly bright sunny day. And my wife was driving below the speed limit. The driver and passenger in the other car (that my wife said actually did run the red light) were 90 and 88 years old, respectively. This was a tragic accident, regardless of who was to blame. However, the police investigators wanted to charge my wife with a serious crime, because of the age of the people in the sedan. The police were abrasive to her and to I. And they impounded our vehicle, telling us they would keep it for up to a year and a half, citing that "elderly people can often die of complications from an accident more than a year later", and they would want to keep the vehicle as evidence in order to charge her with Vehicular Homicide at a later date. And the police demanded that they interview my wife immediately and without representation.
We couldn't believe what we were hearing. This seemed like she was being treated like a deliberate and calculating criminal, not someone accused of causing a car accident without any contributing factors whatsoever.
I called Steven Sessa the next day. The officer who impounded the vehicle (and told me he was keeping it for up to a year and a half) and was extremely rude to us at first actually called me just hours later and apologized, then instructed me to pick up the car at my convenience. If he hadn't, we would not have been able to make an insurance claim, and would not have been able to get another car (it was a total loss), and indeed would have ended up with ruined credit as well.
The case was finished in court. My wife was never charged with a serious crime, only traffic infractions. Steven turned the focus of the case from a serious felony charge that could have resulted in my wife going to prison, into a traffic case. We paid a fine.
Fact is, we were way more concerned with the other drivers health to care about a fine. Our feeling was that it mattered less who ran the light, given nobody was deliberately negligent, and more that everyone survived.
The security of knowing that you have a lawyer that will correct a wrong done to you, immediately, is irreplaceable. This incident showed us that anyone can become an accused criminal. And thank God that we knew someone like Steven to set things right.
I have made a mistake in the 'Overall Rating'
This needed to be corrected immediately!!!!
Mr. Sessa is Excellent in every single area.
My sincere apology Steven!!!
I hired Attorney Steven C Sessa in July 2014.
My husband and have used his services four times with excellent results.
In July of 2014 I was charged with four serious felonies in Martin County Fl. The prosecutor wanted to skip my due process and send me to prison for the three years minimum sentence.
My bond was set at $130,000.00. Steven got this reduced to $26,000.00. Mr.Sessa was a lawyer from another county. In Martin County, this automatically put him and my case at a disadvantage. For six months it looked like the state had an iron clad case against me. Mr. Sessa worked tirelessly and eventually formulated an entrapment defense. His unprecedented understanding of law and research is the only reason this was uncovered. He was nothing short of amazing.
Month after month he worked toward the goal of proving his case. He wrote and won countless motions for discovery, and subpoenaed then deposed the informant that was used by the police, the detectives, and other witnesses. He kept winning. The tables began to turn in my favor.
Mr. Sessa then wrote a motion for dismissal, It was so well written, and reading it convinced me that I had a real shot. Finally on the afternoon before my court appearance for motion to dismiss, my husband phoned me to tell me that I would not be appearing that next morning. I was not expecting the next words from him, but never the less there it was, "your case has been dismissed"!!!
I was overwhelmed to say the least.
I will say without a shadow of a doubt that my attorney is nothing short of amazing. He was an 'outsider' attorney in a very conservative county and he worked a miracle! He did something that in Martin County is unheard of!!!!
Attorney Steven Sessa is and will always be my Hero!!!!!
There is no way I can thank Attorney Sessa enough. He did a great job explaining how arrest went from posession to a felony and then getting the case dismissed. The he helped me put everything behind me. Thanks again Steve.
He is unbelievable, don't use this guy I used him on a criminal matter and he completely blew the case I have my suspicions that he did it on purpose because he was friends with the other attorney. Either that or he's really just that bad
Do not hire him. He charged me an obscene amount of money and I ended up having to drop him as my attorney and go through a public defender. The public defender did more work then he did for free.. Complete waste of my money.
I have known Mr. Sessa for 18 years. He has handled criminal cases for me and he is always swift, professional and ultimately got my cases dismissed. He tells it to you like it is. He lets you know your worst day in court and explains the process to you thoroughly. I would highly recommend him to anyone.