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Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
My son was charged with Criminal Damage resulting from an automobile accident. Allegations related to drug use were involved. I was asked for help in hiring an attorney. Unfortunately I live out of state and have no familiarity with Tucson lawyers. I do however have a law degree and know what to look for and what questions to ask when hiring an attorney.
Three critical areas immediately come to mind - competence, integrity and communications. Michael excels in all three and also has a fourth quality which serves his clients well - compassion! Prior to speaking with him, I checked Michael's rating in Martindale Hubbel to see what his peer group thought of him. He has an exemplary rating.
With that information in hand, I called and spoke with him. He had none of the arrogance often found in highly rated attorneys. Quite the opposite. He was gracious, engaging and focused on the problem at hand. After our conversation, I was convinced that Michael was the best choice in Tucson to handle my son's case. Just to be sure, two other criminal defense attorneys were also interviewed.
Michael and his staff thoroughly investigated the charges and the evidence. If found guilty, my son faced a possible multi-year sentence. Rather than go to trial, Michael was able to negotiate a deal with the District Attorney resulting in a 6 month sentence for which my son was incarcerated for about 3 months. Our family viewed this outcome as a major success, a definite win!
Remember that fourth quality I mentioned earlier, compassion? That played a significant role in the process. My son surrendered himself and was taken into custody 2 months prior to his sentencing hearing. During that time, aside from communicating with the family, Michael made a special effort to provide guidance to my son's spouse who had no one else to turn to. That showed me a lot. I am convinced without a doubt that Michael was the best choice.
While I normally refrain from granting endorsements, I happily make an exception in this case. If you, or a loved one, find yourself in need of legal counsel, I heartily recommend Michael Harwin.
Posted by a DUI client,
I was stopped for a DUI and felt that my life had ended. I had actually pulled over and went to sleep because I was feeling unable to drive, but the officers didn't take that into consideration at all. I was so confused as what to do next. I went online and started doing some investigation. What I found out scared me. This situation could've cost me a lot of money and possibly my job. I read a lot of reviews on lawyers and decided to make some appointments. I went to see Michael Harwin and then cancelled all the other appointments. He was very easy to talk to and he was honest and upfront about the situation. He told me the best way to proceed then kept me informed along the way. Whenever I had questions or concerns, I would e-mail or call him and receive prompt, honest answers from either himself or his assistant. About a month into the case, I received a letter saying the case was dismissed and called him. He explained that the case could still be re-opened. I appreciated the honesty. I received a call from him the other day (4 months later) to give me info. about MVD and he told me my case was dismissed for good. It can't haunt me anymore! I was so relieved and I felt that I could breathe again! I am so glad that I hired Michael. I was concerned at first about spending the money on a top-notch lawyer, but his rates were not that bad especially when you consider the money he saved me. And he gave me back my life!
Posted by Amy Goldman-Hawthorne, a Animal Law client,
First I have to say, I have never had a run in with the "the law" and I am naieve to all things legal. So when I let my dog off his leash and got a ticket from an overzealous dog cop, I was devastaed. Especially to learn this was a misdemenor felony. I contacted Mr Harwin and initially spoke to his assistant Letty. Letty is an angel. Letty walked me through the whole process and was so kind and responsive to every email or phone call I made. I was actually suprised at how responsive she was and how much meeting her in the front end, really put my mind at ease. Then came time for me to meet with Mr Harwin. As I mentioned, I am not accustomed to lawyers, all I know are the stories I have heard, so I was trepedatious as I made my way to our appointment. As soon as I walked in however, my fears diappeared. Mr Harwin was engaging, honest, to the point, compassionate and above all else, really cared about my case. Even though I imagine that for him, this case was "small potatos", he understood that it was a big deal to me, and he really showed up for me everty step of the way. I am very grateful to Mr Harwin, Letty and my family member who referred me. I would recommend Mr Harwin to anyone looking for an attorny who is different than all the stories we hear about lawyers. Someone who cares, hes fair and he does his job and does it well. Thank you Mr Harwin and Letty, I really appreciate you both from the bottom of my heart
Posted by sue, a DUI client,
I was falsely accused of a DUI driving home one evening, I thought my life had ended, I was in a panic and could not believe some of the things the officer was saying about me, I was treated like a convicted criminal. The next morning I contacted one of Tucson's well known and highly experienced attorneys, Michael Harwin. My anxiety level was off the charts, I was the sole support of two children and carried a license that could be put into jeopardy by the accusation alone.
Mr. Harwin treated me with respect, told me he would fight for my rights. I developed a deep sense of peace of mind and trust after my first meeting with Mr. Harwin. He then went to work for me to prove my innocence. He was mindful of the judicial protocols and showed respect for the courts, judges and law enforcement agencies, but never intimidated by them. Mr. Harwin is a deeply committed attorney, he has heart and truly cares about his clients. He was patient with my endless parade of questions and fears of the unknown, he walked me through every challenge that was put in front of us, he is fearless, intelligent, and a deep thinker, someone you want in your corner if the situation arises.
I was found NOT GUILTY on all charges, thank you for giving me back my life. Tucson is truly blessed to have such a highly experienced attorney.. Mr. Michael Harwin.
Posted by Matt, a Criminal Defense client,
I figure if you're reading this web site, you might be facing a very difficult situation ahead of you. Trust me, I was there. I thought I'd lose my family. I thought my life was crumbling around me. The police were lying to me, a lying detective was calling me and members of my family, pressuring them into telling me to provide written confessions because they had a weak case. They went so far as to encourage me to break the law in order to help the prosecuting attorney win the case. And if you're a good person who typically trusts law enforcement, you might be willing to believe them.
I thank God every day that I had some savings for an emergency like this, trusted my instincts, laughed (quietly) at these liars and gave Michael Harwin a call.
Michael is an incredible advocate for his clients. He is an aggressive, knowledgeable lawyer that uses his powers for the good of his clients. Michael breaks the stereotype of criminal defense lawyers by actually being a likable, principled individual who can talk to individuals at all walks of life.
I would absolutely recommend Michael to anyone who was willing to invest in the best possible defense lawyer in the area to protect their rights. Michael's actions saved me from a very difficult situation and prevented me from having a criminal record. I learned an incredible amount of information from Michael and tried to use every second learning from him.
Posted by Donna, a Car Accident client,
I met Michael Harwin after being in car vs motorcycle accident. I was traumatized by the whole accident. It was just that, an accident. Yet I was charged with a criminal citation. I am in the medical field and this could have caused some issues with my license. Micheal immediately knew I was charged with the wrong citation and opened the law books to the right section. He knew this could be fought without too much difficulty. His knowledge of the law is impressive. His compassion for an individuals situation is commendable. I entered into his office an emotional mess and left feeling reassured. His demeanor is impeccable. He was able to refer me to other individuals that I may have needed to cope with the stress of my accident and the legalities that may have an affect on my license. I felt secure and reassured. I never stepped foot into a courtroom. My case from beginning to end was <6 months. I was always informed immediately of any changes or updates. My case was completely dismissed to my surprise, but not to his. I would put my trust in him again. He gives Attorneys a new reputation. I wish they were all like him. I can honestly say I have an attorney whom I call friend! Thank you so much for being who you are. It was a pleasure and an honor in meeting you. My life has been returned to me. With utmost gratitude I thank you.
Posted by Jasmine, a DUI client,
I am a member the U.S. Army Reserves and an Army civil servant. I received an extreme DUI July 2012 in Tucson, Az. My career and reputation were in jeopardy and I was not sure what to do. With the assistance of a friend, I found Mr. Michael Harwin. His credentials, reputation and track record are why I chose to hire Mr. Harwin to represent my case in court. Mr. Harwin and his staff care about their clients. They continuously kept me informed on any changes in my case, which is extremely reassuring especially when you find yourself in a predicament such as a DUI. It took a little over 10 months to find out the results of my case, but in the end Mr. Harwin was able to fight to get my DUI dismissed in May 2013. It is clear that he cares and puts forth the time and effort towards gathering evidence to dismiss or suppress your case. I will forever be grateful for Mr. Hawin and his staff’s efforts during my case over the past year. I recommend Mr. Harwin to anyone who finds themselves in this predicament; definitely well worth your time and money.
Posted by Joe, a DUI client,
It took a year, but with paitence, Michael got the job done. My case went to trial with almost double the legal limit for impairment. It was a long year, but it was worth the wait. If you find yourself in the type of situation where you need the help of a DUI lawyer, you will not find a better one in Tucson than Michael Harwin.
Posted by Ryan, a DUI client,
Mr. Harwin understood my situation and worked as a coach throughout to guide me through what became an eighteen month ordeal of motions, hearings, and eventually trial. He expertly informed and eased not only my questions and fears but those of my current fiance in this matter. Complications of my DUI charge would impact my career, child custody, and personal well-being, which Mr. Harwin calmly dissected and addressed. With him at the helm, I was found not guilty of all charges via trial.
Mr. Harwin's staff, associates, investigators and expert witnesses were all very professional and an integral part of my defense. Email, phone, and in person conversations kept me aware of key events, whether I needed to be present, and helped prepare me each step of the way.
While I never wanted to go to trial, it turned out to be an eye-opening and gratifying experience. Mr. Harwin is an impressive legal strategist and knows the Pima court system, prosecutors and bench well, but more importantly can prepare the client for the experiences that a DUI charge and trial can bring.
I would recommend Mr. Harwin for any legal matter within his realm of expertise based on my experiences with him and his network of professional acquaintances.
Posted by Ann, a Criminal Defense client,
Mr. Harwin is an excellent Criminal Lawyer...he defended my son when he needed legal counsel....Mike was Knowledgeable, eager to help and fought my sons case as thought it was his own. I would highly recommend Mike Harwin for your criminal needs.