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I spoke to two different attorneys before speaking to Mr. Smith, and I immediately noticed a big difference in levels of experience amongst them. From presentation to knowledge, to the way they explained the process and the way they took notes. Gerald's hard work and dedication as well as all of the members of his firm's support were key in us obtaining a positive outcome in our case. We did not accept any plea bargains and we were very well prepared for trial. Although we were nervous we were confident in our defense. We'd like to thank Mr. Smith for helping us prove our innocence and clear our name. We hope that no innocent person has to ever go through this nightmare but if you or someone you know is faced with criminal charges I highly recommend that you consult with Gerald Smith and his team. They are worth every penny.
When I was wrongfully accused I interviewed more than thirty lawyers. I learned the felony trial process and that the case would be treated differently in San Diego vs. other counties in CA. Jerry and I discussed this at length. I also collected as much evidence as I could myself. Why? Because the deputy public defender didn't have the resources to get the job done. As a white-collar professional financially devastated by the economy, facing a serious criminal case was an unbelievable amount of stress at the worst possible time. Jerry Smith appreciated my interest in my case (I was innocent after all and he was protecting MY FREEDOM).
Think about that for a second. You aren't the only person who depends on your freedom. You have friends, family and others who depend on you. If you lose your case-in some ways they do too. It's nothing personal to the "system" - as far as they are concerned they have a job to do. The prosecutor actually laughed in Jerry's face after the jury was chosen he said he didn't care whether or not he won my case. No one had gotten hurt (and yet I was facing 16 years in state prison). If he didn't care if he won, why did it got to trial in the first place?
I'll tell you why. Because he has a job to do. It isn't about truth, justice and the American way. No, it's about keeping "the system" going. The "system" is the courts and the DA's and the cops. They have a better retirement than you or I will ever have. They repeatedly expected me to plea to a felony. And the last time i said no they added a strike. Prosecutorial misconduct is rampant in San Diego. Thats EXACTLY how they get a 98% conviction rate. Look it up. They overcharge the case in the first place AND then offer to settle it later(as long as you plead to a felony, they have quotas too).
Felonies don't look good on job applications. Clearly, I wasn't going to be able to get the DA to make a settlement offer that made sense UNTIL I DEMONSTRATED I was ready to go to trial. It becomes a sick game of chicken. When a case is going to trial- you need an experienced litigator WHO is as motivated to win as you are. That's Jerry Smith. Jerry came to my house, met my wife and children in preparation of my defense. I knew if we were to get through this he would be the one person enabling me to keep our family together.
By the time we got to trial, Jerry was so prepared I was sure he would destroy my accusers credibility. And he didn't disappoi
I had been through hell and back. On the witness stand, I told the prosecutor that despite their efforts to destroy me, that I was still fighting.
"You want to finish me off? Go ahead and take your best shot."
This wasn't a movie. This wasn't scripted. This was what I told the prosecutor trying to destroy my life just a day after laughing, telling my attorney he didn't care if he win the case or not.
In his mind that was acceptable. In my mind it went beyond acceptable. Now I don't recommend doing what I did but later I was told several juror were just as incensed at the prosecutors condescending and flip attitude as i was. I was innocent and mildly outraged and it showed.
The prosecutor is getting paid a healthy six figure salary to destroy your life. Don't worry, it's not personal. It's just how it is.
I never ONCE got that it was just about business with Jerry. I won my felony case thanks to his dogged determination and excellent trial skills. I wound up with a misdemeanor conviction and hired another attorney to appeal for me. Boy do I wish I'd had Jerry handle that too. That other attorney DROPPED the ball and never even filed the appeal (he's a former DA, go figure).
Sometimes you don't know what you have until you don't have it anymore. Jerry Smith is a true professional who I will recommend to my dearest and closest friends and family AND to anyone else who values their freedom.
Gerald Smith and all staff members consistently displayed professionalism, personalization, concern, sympathy, sensitivity - and at times tasteful humor and made my Partner case much easier to get through. A case is a very difficult time in one's life (no matter how much it is wanted and/or needed) and Gerald Smith made it as easy as possible. Gerald Smith made my partner feel comfortable and at ease. He was extremely patient and compassionate, also very professional. He kept me well informed and I completely trusted him to take care of my partner and handle the case, especially when there were difficult moments he was very helpful. This Case was not easy on me and my Family, but Gerald Smith and his team, who you will get to know also, made it as easy for us as a complicated case can be. Mr. Smith and His team are real people and I truly believe that you are not just another number to them..... And by the way, they are both very smart and quick with their thoughts, responses and suggestions. It was impressive to see his mind at work in the Case. I would definitely recommend Gerald Smith to anybody who wants to feel listened to and wants their lawyer and their office to care and have your back. You will not be disappointed and you will love him and his team, too! They were very timely with everything on our side which I and my Mother in-law very much appreciated. I highly recommend Gerald Smith and his team! Thank you So Much Gerry you are Like Family to Us
I want to give my outmost respect, gratitude and admiration to my attorney Gerald Smith. I know you are the best attorney and defense team I could have had. I could never thank enough for putting this defense team together. I also thank you for the long hours and endless efforts put in my case .During the case I received an overwhelming amount of support and invaluable advice from you. Your exceptional performance and dedication paid off with a non-guilty verdict and I will be thankful for a lifetime.
I had a problem and he helped me solve it with no worries. Excellent
I had a business that because of the economy had to be shut down. I had creditors harassing me all day long and had to file for bankruptcy. I was put at ease be Gerald and would recommend his services to anyone. Very professional and takes your feelings into consideration. Overall this would be my choice if I ever need another lawyer to represent me.
Atty. Smith is who you can count on. He works on your case aggressively. Thank you Atty. Smith for your excellent service.
Jerry is an excellent lawyer. He was recommended to me by two of my best friends. With Jerry's knowledge and history of the law he help me to reach the verdict I wanted. I was looking at up to 4 years in prison and Jerry was able to negotiate that down to 4 months house arrest!!! Talk about a great lawyer. He was professional, on time, easy to access, and answered all my question. He made me feel like a friend more than a client. When then trial was done Jerry even helped me in recovering my personal property. I got back my watch and other items seized from me. Jerry is a great lawyer and a great person. He is a great family man and I am grateful for every thing he has done for me and my family. Thank you very much for your help Jerry. I would recommend Gerald Smith to any one in serious trouble.
jERRY IS VERY PROFESSIONAL...ANSWERS ALL CALLS PROMPTLY...VERY GOOD LAWYER!!!A++++