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Mr. Haenel leveraged his vast expertise/knowledge and aggressively went after solutions for my two citations. The outcome was far better than I could have ever hoped for. The results...... My Careless Driving and Unlawful Speeding Citation's were completely dismissed. I highly recommend David Haenel. He was straight to the point and there is no attorney that could have achieved better results.
Top of the line lawyer, I recently had a charge of reckless driving placed upon me by an officer of the game and wildlife dept. that I clearly did not feel was warrented. I was very distressed by this charge against me being that I am in general a very law-abiding citizen. I came across Mr. Haenel and his associates on-line and decided to give them a call. I was impressed that I was able to talk to him immediately on a Saturday. He explained to me the severity of my charges, and what could be the worst case scenario that the judicial system could place upon me. Thankfully, due to Mr. Haenel and his partner Mr. Stephen Higgins hard work, I was not convicted of the charges nor did I have to serve any jail time ,perform community service ,pay a fine ,be placed on probation, or have my license suspended. If you need the services of a lawyer, do not look anywhere else. The people of this firm are without a doubt the best.
I hired Mr. David Haenel to fight two tickets. speeding and following to close in Orange County / Orlando, Florida. Mr. Haenel handle my entire case with the utmost professionalism. He and his staff are extremely helpful and answered all my questions. It was extremely important for these infraction not show up on my record. I hold a current Commercial Pilot license and headed for the Air Force upon graduation from college. Mr. Haenel and his agency worked extremely hard in the preparation of my case and showed up early to court and met with me prior to my case being presented to the Judge / Hearing Officer. We discussed a game plan and what my expectations were and possible plan B should it not workout. Mr. Haenel presented my case to the Judge / Hearing Officer in a very professional manner and plead my case for me. I never testified and spoke to the Judge. My case was brought to a successful conclusion with both infractions being dismissed. I am so thankful to Mr. David Haenel assisting me and saving my US Air Force career. The sky's are once again wide open for me to pursue my chosen career. If you find yourself in a situation like mine, I highly recommend Mr. David Haenel and his agency. Should I have the need for legal representation again, I will definitely be using him and his agency again. Thank You again for all you have done for me. I cannot thank you enough. KW
The whole office is Amazing, dedicated, caring, and always looking out for your best interest. I was stopped on a friday evening, Spring 2014, and charged with a DUI. I searched the internet all week-end and on Sunday evening around 8:30, I found David and his law firm. After reading the reviews, I sent a question (not expecting to get any response until sometime during the week) and it couldn't have been but a few minutes later I got a response from David which I am ever so grateful that he did. We discussed my case and I had a meeting with him the next morning. David is extremely knowledgeable and he was very helpful in getting me started in the process, explaining to me know what I needed to do, (he also e-mailed me a copy of the book he and the firm wrote "Surviving Your DUI, A Citizen's Handbook") how and where to go to get the next steps accomplished (DMV Hearing and DUI School) and what to expect next with the criminal process. My experience with other attorney offices have been when you hire one attorney, there may be someone other than the attorney that you hire handling your case so I asked David "If I go to court, who would be going with me?" His response was "All of us" and Yes, I soon found out when you hire one attorney, you get the expertise of "All" the attorneys as not only did I have David representing my best interest, I also had the expertise, wisdom, and knowledge of Darren and AnneMarie, (My Dream Team!) They all played their own part, the District Attorney did NOT want to co-operate, but with their knowledge, experience, and determination, I was able to plea no contest to reckless driving with hold of adjudication meaning there is No plea of guilt, I am able to have the record sealed, no points on my license, and after a very wise learning experience, I am able to put this situation quickly behind me and move on to a better and wiser life.
If you find yourself in a position that you need his services, I highly recommend David and every one of his firm.
Also, during this time I was involved in a minor fender bender on a Sunday morning and the sheriff's office was called. I had enough fore thought to call David's office, I was not sure (or expecting) anyone to be available to take my call or message. To my amazement, a "person" answered the phone, got my message to David and he called me back "before" the sheriff's office arrived.
Thank you! I am forever grateful!
David was extremely professional and responsive. I'm so happy that I found him because he was able to review my case and really bring relief to a stressful situation. David has a great personality and a very supportive attitude which made an uncomfortable situation manageable . He was able to balance a very serious issue with a human touch.
I hired David Haenel in June after being charged with DUI. This was my second offense. Before even being retained David clearly outlined what I was facing and what our goal would be. From day one one he kept in constant contact on the status of my case. His demeanor and professionalism were a constant reminder that I had hired the right lawyer. I never doubted that he would be able to achieve the best possible outcome. In the end David managed to get my charges reduced greatly reducing my fines and penalties. I would not hesitate in recommending this lawyer.
I've always owned up to my traffic mistakes and paid my citations. However, in the case of a faulty traffic light and an unreasonable deputy I was unwilling to pay this citation. This attorney handled everything quickly and professionally.
I was in a pickle with my license being revoked for five years for being a habitual traffic offender. I was in complete panic and Mr. Haenel and his team were phenomenal. They took my case and imediately worked on it realizing the gravity of my situation. To my dismay, one week later my license was reinstated!!! I really have no words to describe the piece of mind that was returned to me. I highly encourage and recommend him if you have a case he can handle. Your money will be well spend with him. Everything about their service was spectacular. They kept me informed and were immediately responsive to any of my questions. I can't say enough.
Last year I was on vacation in the Sarasota / Englewood area when I was stopped around 3 am for going 75 mph on US 41, in a 45 mph zone. Clearly I wasn't paying any attention to my speed on this seven lane highway and found out later that this was a favorite place to give out tickets for speeding during those early morning hours when the highway was virtually empty. My girlfriend and I had a few beers earlier that night and when I truthfully answered the officer's question if I had been drinking, the officer told me to take a breathalyzer. When I refused until I had a chance to speak to my attorney first, I was immediately arrested, handcuffed, taken away in his police car and booked in the county jail! The fact that I went ballistic over my treatment by both the arresting officer and later the jailer didn't help my case either.
After I was bailed out by my girlfriend, I contacted David for help. Although the prosecutor wanted a DUI conviction, a huge fine, suspension of my driver's license, impoundment of my car and even jail time due to my behavior after being arrested, David was able to get all of these charges either dropped or reduced. I know I was going too fast and had to pay for this mistake but on the other hand I felt I was not impaired and believed the punishment proposed by the prosecutor was excessive. It was a scary time for me and when all is said and done, a very time consuming and expensive mistake as well. Fortunately this was my first offense and the judge agreed to a reduced charge. David did an excellent job defending me.
David is also the author of several books on this subject which are available for free at his office at 200 N. Washington Blvd in downtown Sarasota. The books do an superb job in explaining your rights after a DUI arrest. My only regret is that I was reading this information after the fact and could have saved myself a lot of grief if I had known all this before. My first mistake of driving too fast was compounded by another mistake and then another that night. I discovered the hard way that Sarasota does not take kindly to DUI offenders refusing to take a breathalyzer let alone talking back, but I must say David knows how to obtain a fair result in spite of all this. I don't know what I would have done without him. If you have been charged with a DUI, I learned my lesson, drive more safely, and David Haenel is the attorney you need to see!
The Best! Called me within 3 minutes of my email request! Excellent guidance with process to follow for both DMV and court system. His "Guide to surviving your Orlando DUI" was a lifesaver for me. He put me at ease and communicated clearly what was taking place. All my phone calls and emails were answered within minutes. My case was reduced from DUI to wreckless driving, adjudication withheld. Careless driving ticket was also dismissed. He was negotiating for me up until the courtroom doors opened and saved me $500. Awesome Result!!!!!