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I got in some trouble and looked to the yellow pages for someone to help me out. He answered my call and was able to meet with me almost immediately. I had received a noise violation from the RPD for a party I had at my house ($1000 fine). His office was very inviting and I felt comfortable. After telling him my story he went with me to another office to speak with the officials in charge of my case. I sat silently as he spoke with the other party. We left the office and he told me that if they contacted me to give him a call. Months turned into years and I never received any calls or notices about the charge. I have done numerous checks in the court database and nothing has popped up in my name.
A few years after that first run in with the law I got myself into another predicament. I called him up and again he was available immediately. We spoke about what had happened and what I should do. He gave me a retainer contract that I luckily never had to use.
I am not writing to parade around that I got off, I understand that not everyone is as lucky as I was. Mr. Chapin will do everything in his power to help out those that come to him. On top of everything though, what I appreciated most was his understanding and willingness to help out. I live my life with a sense of relief that I know that there is someone out there who will help me in my not-so greatest moments. I have matured a lot over the years and try my best to be a good citizen, but I still memorized both of his phone numbers just in case.
Hired Thomas to fight a ticket I got a couple years ago that was in collections. He assured me, in writing, before signing the agreement that he would have it out of collections and have my license back within a couple weeks. 2 MONTHS later, he still had not been to court. I had to threaten to ask for my money back, and then he assured me he would be able to get in front of the judge, then when he did (assuming he actually did) he said, sorry, he couldn't do anything and I should just pay the full ticket. He's probably well intentioned, but it was clear he had way too much on his plate and was a total waste of time for me. I also had to frequently remind him in conversations about critical bits of information he seemed to have forgotten.
This guy was everything we wanted him to be. A good advocate; reasonably priced; reliable; effective. We were contesting an "unsafe speed" citation resulting from a rear-ender on PCH. Trial was in Newport Beach. He appeared on our behalf. He explained our options to us so we felt like we knew our choices. He showed up early in court to review possible witnesses. He interviewed a couple of potential witnesses. Ultimately he got the case dismissed. I would hire him again (but hope never to have the occasion).