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Mr. Donath is a bright, articulate and responsible attorney who happened to be in the courthouse at the same time as myself, when it was time to state my case. Mr. Donath was a referral from my wife and the timing was perfect. Mr. Donath, was willing to make his services affordable an I trusted my wife's suggestion and hired Mr. Donath on the spot. I am an ESL University professor in S.Korea, home on summer vacation, so my time was limited.
An overzealous police officer was irritated that I was using my cell phone while riding through a parking lot. As a result, he decided to give me a ticket and when I responded with go ahead, but this could be a warning and ignored his yelling for me to get back in my car, ( I was parked talking on my cell after he yelled to me to get off my phone, while driving 3 miles an hour thru the parking lot, so I decided to stand next to my car, since being parked talking on my cell was also a violation in his opinion). He decided to arrest me. I never assaulted him, but he and a bystander presuming the officer needed help, assaulted me, an I spent four days in county jail on a misdemeanor for using my cell phone. I needed to get back to S.Korea and Mr. Donath's professionalism and ability to file the right motions allowed me to return to work at my University, while this matter went to trial.
Overall, I was pleased with his service. However, it was evident from the times he had to arrange for someone to take his place, or file a motion for another court date, that he was very busy with other cases. I believe if he had more time to concentrate on my case, and research if the parking lot had security cameras, find the man (witness) who saw the officer use an illegal choke hold on me and this witness shouted to the officer "Don't hurt him,"plus, examined this officer's background to find out what other misconduct charges he had in the past, perhaps, the hung jury would have ruled in my favor without exception. However, that did not happen, and due to the money I already spent, I could not afford the time and money for another trial date, so I pleaded no contest, I do not fault Mr. Donath, because he was there when I needed him, since I needed to be able to leave the country in a few days. I paid several fines, court costs, lawyer fees and
ended up with a three year Summary probation charge. Which has since been cleared away due to no further incident, an I also paid to have it expunged.
I believe as a young lawyer, he preformed to the best of his ability, an I cannot fault him for that. In fact, I am grateful to have had him as my attorney. But I do wish, I had trial lawyer, Mr. Gerry Spence or better yet, the late Civil Rights Attorney Mr. Charles Garry. I know the outcome of my case would have been very different. In time, Mr. Donath will become a great lawyer, if he doesn't take too many cases and spread his time too thin. As a result of what happened to me, a very common case of police brutality, I have decided to retire as a University professor and return to my home in Long Beach Ca. and pursue a career in law at Pacific Coast Law School next year if accepted. The recent rash of police killings of unarmed people of color has reached epidemic proportions and some justice must start taking place in America and CONVICTIONS must be handed down to those corrupt police officers such as the one who brutalized me, an I want to be a
part of that process legally.
So I am grateful for watching Mr. Donath handle my case an examine how I would have handled that same case, under similar circumstances..
First of – this is a real review. Many on this site are paid and / or not reliable.
I cannot say enough about the outstanding job Graham did with my DUI case. I was facing a DUI in a case involving an accident. The DA refused to negotiate on the case and I was facing accepting a Misdemeanor Wet Reckless or going to Trial. After reviewing my options we elected to head to Trial. At Trial Graham was extremely well prepared and immediately went to work on systematically tearing apart the DA’s case and winning over the jury. The quality of Graham’s arguments was so far above that of the DA’s. It was like watching a pro NFL player go up against a elementary school flag football player. The jury, and folks working in the court LOVED him. The court reported stated that he was the best DUI attorney she had ever seen in the court. Even the CHP office that arrested me asked for his business card after he destroyed the DA’s arguments and got a not guilty verdict on both counts. (along with half the members of the Jury as well)
All in all I honestly could not be happier with the quality of work I received from Graham during this entire ordeal. I feel the price paid was extremely reasonable given the VERY high quality of my representation. Graham handled all aspects of my case personally (as opposed to many firms who have “associates” handle your case and plea you out at first chance). Graham won my DVM hearing as well as completely dominated the trial from start to finish, ultimately prevailing with a not guilty verdict on both counts. If you are facing a DUI (or really any tough case) I would highly recommend calling Graham. Graham is one of the top attorneys I have ever seen in action and I feel fortunate to have had him represent me. I would highly recommend you call Graham and discuss your case with him. He’s a very busy man, so you may have to wait for a call back, but you will be very glad you did.
I have been fortunate enough to employ Mr.Donath for his services. The service was unparrallel to any other I have experienced. He took care of everything and I never had to miss a day of work! This is a plus since my line of work is very demanding and requires me to be available. I would reccomend him to anyone who is in need of legal services. Polite, professional & gets the job done...
I have used a couple different lawyers for various things throughout the years and Graham is unequivocally the most efficient and hardest working one that I have hired. He is extremely thorough and communicates very well. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the market for an attorney.
Grahan went above and beyond to get my case settled and get me the best results possible for my situation. I will continue to use him if needed for any future legal matters.
I strongly recommend Mr. Donath as criminal defense attorney to handle complex cases. He kept me informed and spent as much time with me as it was needed for the case. He was thorough in answering my questions
I was in theunfortunate case of needing a criminal defense attorney. I was recommended to Graham by another attorney who does not handle criminal cases.
Graham was very knowledgable, efficient and was able to obtain a dismissal of my case.
I got arrested after I was accused of domestic violence. I was referred to Mr. Donath by some attorney in court on my first court date and called him. Boy am I glad I did. A few months later and all criminal charges dismissed and all I had to do was pay a fine. I can't say enough about what a great and trustworthy lawyer he was.