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In April of 2014, I found myself in a really bad situation after a single vehicle collision and subsequent DUI arrest. My boyfriend was driving my vehicle (he was sober) and I was the passenger, as I had been drinking that night. CHP arrived and arrested me due to the keys being in my hand (my car is a push button start vehicle, so the keys are always with me, no matter who is driving) and the car being registered to me. The officer also stated that both my boyfriend and I admitted to me being the driver, which is completely untrue. Needless to say, I found myself with a totaled car, a night in jail and uncertainty of what was going to happen next.
The very next day, I researched attorneys online and Gary Labin was one of the first I came across. His reviews were excellent and I liked the fact that he was a former prosecutor. I met with three separate attorneys, Mr. Labin being one. I was immediately impressed with his professionalism and honesty. He never once doubted my story and was extremely sympathetic to what I was going through. He promised me he would fight the case for me (both through the criminal and DMV aspect) 110%.
Unfortunately, in May 2014, my boyfriend who was driving the evening I was arrested passed away unexpectedly. Not only was Mr. Labin understanding and sympathetic about my boyfriend’s death, he also immediately notified the city attorney’s office and the DMV hearing officer of what occurred. He was able to reschedule my Admin Per Se hearing (which happened to be the same day as my boyfriend’s funeral) and also sent me texts and emails just to check on me and see how I was holding up.
At the beginning of June, I received a notice from my car insurance company that they had terminated my insurance policy due to "misrepresentation of facts". I called my insurance company and they informed me that my license was suspended as of May 28th and that I never informed them of this, so they had cancelled my policy. I had no idea what was happening (my DMV hearing was rescheduled; therefore, my stay of suspension was extended until my new hearing date in June). I emailed Mr. Labin and he called me within 10 minutes and promised to sort things out. Turns out the DMV messed up somehow and suspended my license anyway, even though they were not supposed to. So not only was I driving on a suspended license for two weeks unknowingly, but my insurance rates skyrocketed. By the end of the day, Mr. Labin had everything sorted out and had the DMV reinstate my license. He even provided me with the name of a friend of his who dealt with insurance to help me deal with my insurance problem and walk me through the process of getting my rates back down to normal.
A week before my DMV hearing, Mr. Labin contacted me and said the city attorney was willing to work with us on not filing the case, but he wanted a copy of my boyfriend’s death certificate for the file. I was able to get a copy of the certificate and he sent it immediately over to the city attorney.
In the meantime, we had my DMV hearing. I was extremely impressed at Mr. Labin’s demeanor and professionalism during the hearing. He had confidence and was able to pick apart the officer’s report, but did so without talking down to the officer or making himself look like the bad guy.
Yesterday, I received notification from the DMV that they were not suspending my license, which was my biggest fear. I am 100% convinced that I would have not had the same outcome if not for Mr. Labin. I also believe thoroughly that I would have not gotten the same outcome with a different attorney.
Just like he stated, Mr. Labin fought 110% (if not more) for me and stood by me every step of the way. I never got the feeling that he did not believe me when I said I wasn’t driving and never felt that he was talking down to me or just pacifying me in anyway. I highly recommend Mr. Labin and am extremely thankful for everything he has done!
Thank you Gary for all of your hard work. You are a talented lawyer who cared about me and my situation. You always return calls and emails, even on weekends. I'm so happy with my choice even though I would prefer not to have ever hired anyone at all. Thanks
Gary and his team were great. Completely informed and on the ball. He and Jason handled everything form start to finish and I was VERY happy with the result. Thanks Gary and Jason. I don't know where I'd be without you guys
My wife got a DUI a few months ago and based on what happened I wasn't hopeful about how things would turn out. However, Gary and another lawyer from his firm, Jason Lieber, handled the case for us and even got my wife a great deal. Gary in particular was very responsive, he answered all our questioned and answered his phone at times when I was just calling to leave a voicemail. HIghly recommended.
I had fired 4 previous attorneys until I found Gary Labin. Finally an honest attorney who actually develops a plan of action and digs into the details to defend difficult charges like dui's. Many dui attorneys in Los Angeles (and im sure everywhere) will take your money and let the system do its worst. Labin will fight for you.