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Posted by Colleen, a DUI client,
Carina did an amazing job communicating the legal information for me & my father; so that we felt updated & stress free about the legal findings. She never promised an outcome; but reassured us that she has been in courtrooms enough to precisely navigate the legal ramifications. I have never trusted a lawyer until now. I would recommend her to ALL of my family & friends. She saved me a lot of time & money...which never happens in legal situations. Carina single handedly put my faith back into the legal system. My case had emotional elements to them. Carina handled them with grace & respect; which was truely genuine & greatly appreciated. Thank you so much! If you want a winner...Carina is your PERFECT candidate.
Posted by John, a Family client,
ATTY. CASTANEDA REPRESENTED ME IN A BITTER CUSTODY AND VISITATION TRIAL. I FIRED MY ATTY. RIGHT BEFORE TRIAL BECAUSE HE CHARGED ME A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY BUT I WAS NOT CONFIDENT THAT HE WOULD EFFECTIVELY REPRESENT ME. SOMEONE RECOMMENDED ATTY. CASTANEDA DUE TO HER TRIAL EXPERIENCE. EVERYONE SAID THAT THE JUDGE WOULD NOT CONTINUE THE TRIAL BUT HE DID DUE TO GOOD CAUSE (A REASON THAT WAS NEVER THOUGHT OF BY BIG SHOT LAW FIRM PRIOR ATTORNEYS). ON THE DATE OF TRIAL, SHE WAS PREPARED, SHE HAD THE NECESSARY WITNESSES AND THE JUDGE AGREED WITH HER COMPLETELY.
SHE IS COMPASSIONATE AND DOES NOT LIKE TO WASTE TIME. I WISHED I HAD HER REPRESENTING ME FROM THE VERY START. I KNOW SHE IS VERY BUSY BUT YOU ALWAYS FEEL LIKE EVEN WITH HER SCHEDULE, SHE WILL SET ASIDE A TIME TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR CASE. SHE IS CLEARLY EXPERIENCED IN TRIAL WORK. I HAVE ALREADY REFERRED HER TO A FAMILY MEMBER FOR A RESTRAINING ORDER ISSUE!
Posted by Noel, a Domestic Violence client,
I have no idea what to expect since I had never been through this before. I was so scared. To hire a lawyer, Atty. Carina Castaneda, was the strong recommendation offered by a friend. She’s friendly, warm and genuine. As we discussed my case on our first meeting, I felt protected, informed, cared for and stressed free. I was impressed with her legal abilities. She’s non-judgmental and she gives great advice. You can trust her and tell her anything. I am confident that each client who will will receive the finest representation since I receive a better judgment more than what I expected.
Posted by Fernando,
Carina Castaneda has been a dream come true, she truly went out of her way to do everything I asked and more. She was very supportive and made sure I was in the best position possible. I would not have had it any other way. I have my career and future to thank her for and i cannot thank her enough.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
My family and I went to Carina Castaneda when we learned about her wide range of experience regarding criminal defense cases. While I will not go into specific detail about my particular case, mine can be considered unique. Due to poor representation with a lawyer prior to Carina, my case should have never turned into a conviction to begin with. I am so grateful that we were able to find Carina to resolve matters. From the start, Attny Castaneda proved to be organized, efficient, and dependable. She was very good and timely with communication, consistently keeping me updated about the process and status of my case. Throughout our time working together, I always felt reassured that Carina would be able to handle everything appropriately. Finding a good attorney is difficult, but to find one that is not only effective but also trustworthy and compassionate toward her clients is like a diamond in the rough. Carina is knowledgeable in various aspects in/of the field and I believe it is her experience and perseverance that contribute to the successful outcomes among her clients, me included. Ultimately, my main goal was to get my case sealed and destroyed, which due to technicalities, could not be done through the traditional route. Instead, Attny Castaneda knew of an alternative route in which my petition could be rightfully granted. Ultimately, the petition to have my records sealed and destroyed was granted on December 27, 2012. As mentioned, my case should have never been a conviction from the onset, which Carina explained and made clear to the court. I am fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with Attny Castaneda and being represented by her. I can honestly say that it is because of her that I can move forward and look onto a bright future.
Posted by rex, a Immigration client,
i applied for citizenship but was denied due to history of previous arrests, i don't know what to do until i found carina castaneda's ads in the philippine news. i tried my luck at least that's what i thought. but the moment i talked to her on my consultation i know i have someone on my side. she prepared all the legal documents that the immigration was requesting which seems to be impossible for me to acquired. she also prepared me through coaching for the day of the interview. she went with me in the immigration office on my day of interview, which made me confident that i have a knowledgeable defender in my side for support and i'm thankful everything turn out successful. on nov. 19, 2012, i passed the immigration interview for us citizenship.
Posted by a Appeals client,
Nobody recommended me to Attorney Castaneda, but I'm glad I found her through an ads in Asian Journal. She works closely with my case from beginning to end. She deals professionally with her clients & a compassionate person, more so, she's down-to-earth.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
If you are looking for aggressive and top notch representation then look no further! Attorney Castaneda is very diverse in different areas of the law. It is because of her diversity she is able to accurately and successfully provide exceptional representation to all her clients.
I hired Attorney Castaneda about two weeks ago to represent a family member who was put in immigration removal proceedings after being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to do post conviction relief for my sister so that she would no longer have an "aggravated felony" thus eliminating automatic bars from most types of relief. A few days after retaining Ms. Castaneda, she already had s draft of the motion and was finalized shortly after. Post conviction relief is often very tough to achieve and can take a few months if successful. In less than two weeks, Ms. Castaneda had the motions and brief drafted, had all the supporting documents, and most importantly handled and won my sister's case. Its very impressive and it's no wonder why Attorney Castaneda sets herself apart from all the rest.
In my previous occupation, I worked with several lawyers in the past but never have I came across one like Ms. Castaneda. She is very compassionate towards her clients, very aggressive in legal representation, and very prompt in returning my calls and responding to emails keeping me constantly informed and updated.
When it comes to defending yourself or a loved one, The only advice I can give is to never settle for someone who is inexperienced because for many people it's about preserving their life and freedom. Always choose a lawyer who is very knowledgeable and delivers high caliber representation... Choose Attorney Carina Castaneda!
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
My case is something I want to remain confidential. Working with Atty. Castaneda made me feel like it was all going to work out and it did. My criminal case was dismissed. In my first appointment with her, she wanted to know about me and my family. She told me that the police report was not going to show the good things about me and that she needed to represent me accordingly. She asked about my job, my kids, community service, etc. I really feel you can tell her anything--she is not intimidating, in fact, she is so down to earth that you can not believe she has done so much. I would let everyone know who has a case to call her. I have recommended her to friends and if it is not her area, she is so nice, she will take the time to call you back and try to give you a referral to another attorney. I was very lucky to find her.