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Posted by a client
My first phone call with him was great! He spoke to me for 45 minutes explaining to me every last detail and I felt he would be a great person to represent me. Never heard from him again until right before my court date. He said he emailed me the papers with the court info and time which he didn't. He had me show up to DTLA at 8:30 am. 1. I didn't need to be there. 2. It was an all day court that didn't even start until 9:30. 3. HE DIDN'T SHOW UP UNTIL 10:45! He was in other courtrooms. He gave me his ipad to look over some papers and I could see he had 6 other hearings that morning and stacked them all on the same morning. I was frustrated because I never received my paperwork so I was driving to DTLA that morning not knowing if it was even the correct date (I had remembered it in my head) and couldn't get a hold of him. Finally, after multiple attempts, he texted me that he was in another courtroom and would be there soon. When he finally showed up, I told him he never sent me any of my paperwork. He snapped back at me that it doesn't matter anymore and to move forward! He went in front of the judge, said nothing, 2 seconds later I was done and have a DUI charge. Had I known then what I know now, a first DUI, a lawyer is a complete waste of money, especially a jerk. His initial phone call made me very optimistic that I could get out of it and that there were many options but that is not reality. Oh and best part, this was DTLA, NOT a nice area, and he had on this massive watch with every ounce fully covered in diamonds; not just the face but that band and every little piece.
Posted by cynthia
I'm not one for leaving reviews. I usually don't waste my time. So I'm going to make this short and sweet. Michael represented me on my DUI case. It was a combination of prescription medication and alcohol. he got the case dismissed in court for lack of evidence sufficient to prove my guilt and won the DMV hearing. I don't really want to go into my personal life but I did feel compelled to leave this review because I did not expect this kind of outcome, a win win.
Posted by a client
I hired Michael in tears. I was in the middle of processing for citizenship. At the final stage I get this DUI. Totally my fault. I should have known better with everything I was doing. My citizenship person at immigration continued my hearing for case outcome, which they demanded to be given to them just days after my first court date was to come. I called Michael almost hysterical. He put my mind at ease. He said that after talking to me that there were things that he could discuss with the D.A. to reduce the charges from DUI to something smaller and that he would immediately send a letter to the D.A. to start that process. Well, he kept me updated along the way, answered my questions and the day before court he called me and told me that his discussions with the D.A. went well. They agreed to dismiss....BEFORE the court date! I ran down there, got the proof of dismissal and took it to the immigration. Thanks to Michael I have no convictions of anything and I will be a citizen in 4 weeks. Thank GOD for guiding me to Michael and Thank Michael for his kind demeanor and expertise.
Posted by juan
I hired michael only to do the dmv thing. ehen i was arrested they didnt release me snd instead Brought me to court the next day. I wound up pleading to whatever they offered just to be released. My case was a refusal to test case amd so i would Jane lay my license for a year so i hooted michael. I wish i had the opportunitY to hire him for the court case too because he won the dmv Jarod and saved my license.....enough said.
Posted by a client
Mike is truly a magician.
Not one day of community service. not one penny out of my pocket for fines. Not one min in court in front of a Judge.
He not only dismissed my case but helped me get my license back as well, contacted the clerk at the DMV, had her send me the appropriate form etc. AND DID NOT CHRAGE ANYTHING EXTRA.
God bless you Mike. you gave me the top service I wanted for what I paid you.
Posted by William
Both my wife and I work in a law firm and trust me, I know a good attorney when I meet one. I cannot say enough good things about Michael Cognata. I hired Michael to represent my wife who was arrested under suspicion of DUI after we left a concert at the Hollywood Palladium. Since we live in Orange County, it was nice that I was able to conduct business with Michael via telephone and email. Due to the circumstances of her arrest and BAC level, my wife's case was unable to be dismissed but to our delight, Michael was able to get the charge reduced to a wet reckless. I am very convinced that we would not have received that result had we not have hired him. Although the hearing was scheduled between Christmas and New Years, Michael was still very responsive and we never felt neglected. He is also extremely patient which is a huge plus for an attorney not billing by the hour. Nothing is guaranteed in life but I can guarantee you that if you hire Michael, you'll get the best result possible. Thank you again Michael for all your hard work.
Posted by Mike
I was recently arrested for a DUI under circumstances that I felt were very unfair. I'm really glad I contacted Mr. Cognata. He did exactly what he promised and I avoided a DUI conviction due to his services. I would highly recommend him and if I have the misfortune to ever be in a similar situation I'll be calling him right away myself again.
Posted by a client
My case was a question of my word against the cops. My original lawyer told me that things didn't look too good ... I sought out Mr. Cognata and he got my case thrown at my first court appearance! He has also handled the DMV hearing. Mr. Cognata is trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable, and kept me well informed. I definitely recommend him!
Posted by a client
I'm so pleased that Michael Cognata was referred to me for my DUI. You don't have to look any further. Michael explained everything to me. He will make sure you understand and know the steps involved. When I had to appear in person, he was right there next to me. You do not have to go through this alone when Michael is your attorney. This was my first DUI and it's going to be my last. I was lucky, he got the DUI charge reduced to a dry reckless. That was more than I had hoped for. He saved my career. I have peace of mind because I hired Michael. He will be there for you and if not right away, he will surely get back to you as soon as possible. He is the right choice. Thank you, Michael Cognata. Heaven forbid, if I know anyone who needs a attorney, I will recommend you without question.
Posted by Michel
I am sorry to say that I had to use Michael Cognata services twice in the last 18 months. Once in LA, once in Burbank. While both courts are different, I ended up with no DUI convictions in both cases, (exibition of speed in 2013 and wreckless driving in 2014) which is as much as you can expect with this type of charges in LA county. He negociated a total reduction of my penalty & court assesment fee to $0 on DUI 2 with NO AA meetings neither. Just 9 days of community services. While it is never a proud experiece, Michael Cognata made it easier and less costly or painfull. Well Worth the money for me.