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Posted by a client, Flag
I hired Tom to help us with a traffic violation for my son. In our first conversation he set our expectations with the potential challenges and hopeful results. In the end, he not only met our expectations, he exceeded them in every way.
He negotiated the most favorable possible result possible with the court despite an uphill battle.
While our case was relatively small, Tom kept us informed via email throughout the process. I was most surprised by getting several emails at 9pm, 5:30 am and the like. I never waited more than a few hours to get a reply.
I would highly recommend Tom Bruno.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
One of my biggest regrets is going to this attorney to handle my case. Tom Bruno did not keep me updated on what was going on with my case, didn't show up to one of my court hearings, and later added charges on to my bill for court appearances and phone conversations which never happened, He seemed annoyed by having to answer any questions I had. I was very disappointed by the entire experience and most definitely would not recommend this attorney to anyone.
Posted by Matthew, Flag
My name was in a police report and the district attorney's office decided to press charges (Under age drinking) against me even though i was not present when the police arrested people at the party. Mr. Bruno did a great job getting my cased dropped because the police report was taking another 18 year old students word (who was drinking) that I was at the party. Mr. Bruno kept me informed throughout the process and I would like to thank him for his service.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
I am reviewing Tom Bruno regarding a DUI case in which he served as my counsel. Tom Bruno came up far short of my expectations, and did a disservice to those who had recommended him to me as a reputable attorney in Champaign County. Since I don't live in Champaign County I was told it would be worthwhile to hire someone from the area as opposed to bringing in counsel from my hometown. Tom Bruno was a severe disappointment, and he made several missteps in his recommendations which have forced me to pay additional fines and be forced to take extra measures to even procure a Restricted Drivers Permit (RDP). Specifically, he failed to mention that if my initial Statutory Summary Suspension of my Drivers License was changed to a Revocation of my Drivers License that my decision to get a MDDP and BAIID Device would be useless, and furthermore would require me to go to Springfield for a Formal Hearing to get a RDP. This formal hearing costs $50 to go through, often is unsuccessful on the first time, and forces you to wait an additional 3 months after the hearing before you can retry the outcome. These facts were never brought to my attention by Tom Bruno, and have resulted in additional emotional distress on my part.
Furthermore, Tom Bruno stated that I would be required to answer certain questions during my Drug and Alcohol Evaluation in one way, but that I didn't have to answer my pre-sentence report in the same consistent manner. Had I chose to answer consistently with my pre-sentence report, my previously expunged charges would have never came to light, and my "candor" may not have had such a negative impact on my sentencing.
In addition, Tom Bruno was less than responsive in many instances, and even went as far to send his son in to my initial pre-sentence hearing instead of appearing himself. He didn't notify me of this until the evening before the hearing, and was often very vague with me in my options and potential consequences. On the day of my sentencing Tom Bruno showed up to my hearing wearing a tie that was designed as the American Flag, and did little more than reemphasize the positive nature of my letters testifying to my strong character.
After I was sentenced, Tom Bruno stated that I could email him if I had any further questions, or call him, but he was conveniently busy with "other clients" whenever I spoke to him after my sentencing. I paid Tom Bruno $1500 for showing up to 2 out of 3 court dates, less than adequate counsel, and potentially detrimental advice. I would not recommend him to anyone who doesn't know him on a personal level beforehand. He showed a lack of interest in my outcome, and led me to believe that my case had an 80% chance of success (read: Sentence to Court Supervision) when in fact I was convicted and sentenced to Conditional Discharge.