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Almost two years ago, my son was charged with aggravated battery as a result of a bar fight that he didn't start (but he admittedly did finish). Mr. Spicola was our third attorney. The first offer through the public defender's office was almost seven years in prison. We then hired an attorney with a good reputation and good reviews and nothing happened for almost a year. A week before trial, he told us the offer had dropped to four years and that my son should take it. My son has been in trouble before but had no violent history.
A neighbor, who is a police officer, recommended Mr. Spicola. We met with him around 6 pm the Friday before trial and hired him on the spot. He was able to get the case continued the next Monday and got started right away. Apparently, only two witnesses had been previously set for deposition and only one showed. How the other attorney could set a case for trial knowing little to nothing about what the witnesses would say is beyond me.
Mr. Spicola took eight depositions within two months and was able to find three defense witnesses that the other two attorneys said they couldn't find. He filed a Stand Your Ground motion to dismiss and on the day of the hearing the State Attorney's Office offered six months of probation on a second degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. We went from four years in prison to six months of probation.
I am really confused about some of the reviews posted. When you hire an attorney you aren't guaranteed a result. At least not by an ethical attorney. You pay for skill, experience and effort. Mr. Spicola was amazing and I will forever be in his debt.
I paid Andrew close to $15,000 in my fiances drug court case & he never even tried to get him a BOND REDUCTION!!! My fiancé ended up taking a 12 year state prison followed by 8 years probation plea deal per Mr. Spicolas advice, but I truly believe he only told him to take the plea because he didn't want to have to actually WORK at trial!!! I highly recommend you continue your search and find another atty! Andrew was the hardest person to get ahold of and would only answer the phone or return calls if money was involved. We had previous events where he did ok, but when it came down to a BIG case, he did nothing that a public defender could've done! I was BEYOND disappointed!
Andy Spicola represented my son, and the outcome was worse than what the public defender could have gotten based on what the state had offered. In addition to a poor outcome, when my son's credit for time served was not correct he never bothered to follow up on my sons only request, which was to make sure that he gets the proper credit for time already served. I tried to contact him several times after the court proceedings and never even received a return call. Apparently at the moment that Andy was paid in full he was done with being professional and courteous.
he got my speeding ticket dismissed! =)