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I am writing this review with regards to not only my arrest and subsequent charge of DWI w/ child but to convey the journey that this incident has taken me on and to emphasize the caliber of attorney that Doug Wilder is.
I made a very bad decision, one that I have had the opportunity to reflect on and realize the severity of what that decision and it’s possible consequences could not only have on me, but my family as well.
I have always considered myself to be a responsible person, a person that takes charge and makes the right decision regardless of what others are telling him, yet on this particular night I failed in making that right decision…. when I should have had my wife drive, I instead chose to drive under the influence of alcohol and put my family in jeopardy. After my arrest, I have had the chance to go through a lot of feelings: humility, embarrassment, sorrow, regret and in the end, thankfulness. I have taken a moral inventory of where I was in my life and realize the things that are most precious and dear to me I put in harm’s way.
Doug Wilder was right there with me through it all from the very beginning as I faced some very serious charges. Charges that could affect my life and my family forever. Doug was able to think "outside of the box" and truly have a compassionate look at what I was facing. Had it not been for Doug, I could have lost everything. I would recommend Doug to anyone facing a situation such as this as he took the time to think through my case, consider my options and come up with the best plan for me to address it. I initially faced felony charges with state jail time. I walked away with a misdemeanor.
I can't thank you enough Doug Wilder.
When I was arrested for suspicion of DUI shortly after moving to Dallas County (Nov. 2008), I did not know what I was going to do to defend myself and did not know any lawyers. After speaking to a few colleagues, I received Doug's name as a referral and thought I would give him a call.
Doug agreed to meet with me right away, and upon our first meeting I knew Doug and his staff were the right team for me. Doug met me personally and clearly explained the next steps and put my mind at ease. Immediately, he had a plan to take on my case and laid out steps for me to take (i.e. M.A.D.D, driver education, etc.) Doug was very up front about the costs of his services and there were never any surprises or unexpected costs added on for his expertise.
Doug and his team maintained consistent contact with me throughout the process and the pre-trial court appearances. His staff was very knowledgeable about the proceedings and helped me every step of the way. I felt at ease with the professional manner of the team, and Doug's personable style kept me calm and confident about the outcome of my case. Doug's extensive knowledge of the law and DUI police protocol ultimately resulted in receiving a fair and equitable plea agreement to accept a lesser charge and the DUI charge dismissed. After 15 months of unsupervised probation, my case is behind me.
Fast forward to 2014 - When completing an application for a professional license, I was required to complete a background check form that required information pertaining to my previous case. I could not find the relevant information and gave Doug's office a call. Doug answered my call and immediately went to work for me all over again, providing me with the information from my case and helped me complete my application by instructing me on how to properly answer the questions (i.e. probation, my plea deal, cause#, etc.).
Long story short, call the Wilder Firm - you will thank yourself.
I call him Doug!!!! and that is the relationship you will have with him. After hiring Doug I felt like I had met a life time friend. Being a lady it was very scary facing a court of law. He was wonderful in call backs and being very patient, down to earth and compassionate with me as his client. He was successful in getting the case dropped for me and I never had to go to court. You will be in good hand.
I had selected him for my DWI case. First offense, first legal trouble. I had 3 court appearances and he was only present for 1 (and tried to find a substitute for that appearance that was my sentencing). He seemed to be familiar with the county I had gotten trouble in, but didn't seem to want to be there when I thought it was necessary. Judy was extremely helpful and was a pleasure to deal with. He seemed to be more concerned with going to trial for the purpose of obtaining another retainer fee.
Doug Wilder and his staff was available for questions, responded to emails, fought for what he thought was just for my case. I felt like my case was safe in Doug's hands. He is personable and knows the court system and people well. I recommend Doug to any one in need of a lawyer!
Doug handled a DUI case for me that was eventually dismissed after nearly 3 years. His management of the case was exceptional. Most impressive (and impactful to the result) was his extensive relationships on both sides of the courtroom and throughout the industry. His ability to plan out the case and utilize all resources available to us was critical to the positive end result of the case.
Doug broke down the different aspects of the case - both strong and weak - and built an action plan for each, again utilizing highly credible experts and resources. I was really shocked at the extent of his network of people, both local and across the country.
I'm very grateful to him for his dedication to the case and fighting to the very end for me. I would highly recommend Doug for anyone who feels it's critical to put up the toughest defense possible.
First off, I wish that I had looked to hire Doug earlier in my DWI case, but at the time settled with a court appointed. Needless to say, I should have picked quality over quantity. When I received a probation violation, I went straight to Avvo.com and after hours of research, narrowed my choice to The Wilder Firm. From the first time stepping foot in the office and dealing with his helpful staff (thank you again Ashley!) until we shook hands after the court case had been settled, everything was smooth sailing. Communication was very thorough the whole time when it came to what I needed to get done and when I needed to show up in court after he got the case postponed a couple times, helping me complete my conditions of probation in the mean time. He was honest about my need to enroll in alcohol classes and what to do to stay on the right track to ensure that this situation does not happen again. I was not nervous at all and knew it was because I had a great man working for me. In the end, my violation of probation case was dismissed and he even helped persuade the judge who seem to have a bone to pick with me to remove the breathalyzer from my car which in turn helped get me back on track to saving money and continuing on with my life again. He is very down-to-earth, personable, and will work hard to get you results. I highly recommend The Wilder Firm to anyone who is facing DWI/DUI trouble or any other case that is a result of that. Thank you for helping put this past me and allowing me to move on with my life!
Doug Wilder has been truly outstanding in his defense efforts in my case. His knowledge of the law and court room procedures is extensive and he was always honest with his advice. He always answered any questions that I had and explained the course of action he would take thoroughly, always ensuring me that although the circumstances were not the best that he would do everything humanly (and legally of course) possible to defend me in court. He was straightforward and never gave me false hope. Even if there was a difference of opinions he would gladly listen and give feedback.
Setting up appointments with him was easy and he was always able to see me and talk to me in person when I needed it. During the entire time that it took for my case to be dismissed I was kept in the loop as to what was happening and Doug was there every step of the way.
What I liked best was that Doug will respect you and take care of you and lay out his expectation that you, the client, have to do your part as well. Listen to his advice and stay out of trouble.
Doug is a lifesaver. He gave my husband back to me and our lives back. Although there were no injuries involved, DWI is still, and always is a serious deal.
All the tears and sleepless nights weighed heavily on me, and our relationship. When the judge said that normally they would have "strung him up by his heels", my heart skipped a beat. Doug's experience & knowledge allowed him to broker a plea that was in our best interest, and our outcome was much better than expected. Had I not been married, I would have kissed him! He did a wonderful job, and now our hearts can rest and our emotions return to normal. I would have to say that it's really important to find a competent, capable and compassionate attorney to plead your case, and Doug is that man. Thanks for a great job, Doug! Freda.
Douglas Wilder was a God-send, prayers answered. I'd reviewed and spoken with several attorneys before hiring Doug. I retained him because of his personable, calm, professional and knowledgeable demeanor. He allayed my fears and gave me hope.
I was facing 2 separate charges on DWI and when we reviewed the video evidence and police reports I was more than just concerned, I was panicked! I said, "Doug man, this looks really bad. I'm scared". He replied "yeah (in other words, not real good!), but I'll work you through this and we'll get through it with the best possible outcome (i.e., the least possible collateral damage)".
And he did. We discussed the options in detail, and with that, he allowed me to make an informed, educated decision that I had confidence in. It's amazing what that security can do to boost your confidence and reduce stress.
When the court date came, he was a miracle worker. At one point early on he'd asked me what I wanted to see out of this and I replied, "if I had only one wish - no jail time". Well, with his knowledge and experience before the bench, he was able not only to get one charge completely dismissed, but probation for the other! He completely exceeded my expectations. I cannot tell you how elated I was - my wife actually cried on the way home.
Miracles CAN happen with the right guy on your side. That's why I'd recommend Doug for anyone else in my situation. The peace of mind that comes with that experience is irreplaceable.