5.0 stars 126 totalReview William Makler
Posted by a client
I hired William Makler last year when I was arrested for DUI (my second). His glowing online reviews and enviable reputation stood out, so I called him for a free consultation. Once I spoke with him, I instantly knew he was the lawyer for me. He exudes professionalism, integrity, and intelligence. He spoke to me with respect and absolute honesty, making no outrageous claims as a way of suckering me into a quick bargain. In addition, his hiring price was very reasonable, even generous. I would have been a fool NOT to hire him.
Mr. Makler had no easy task taking me on as a client. My high BAC (nearly double the legal limit) and prior conviction were not working in my favor, and he made it clear from early on that we were swimming upstream with my case. Happily, with a little bit of luck and an even greater amount of skill, Mr. Makler managed to exploit various weaknesses in the DA's (and my arresting officer's) case, first winning me the DMV trial--(a tremendous victory in itself which saved my driver's license)--and ultimately winning me a phenomenal settlement in court in the form of a Wet Reckless. This supremely less dire conviction seemed an impossible dream, but Mr. Makler, capable, intelligent, and dedicated professional that he is, worked hard for over a year to see this outcome through. Along the way he kept me updated and in the loop, patiently answering all the nervous questions I threw at him. He never made me feel annoying, or that I wasn't being heard, which is a bit of a surprise considering how many frazzled and anxious clients he must experience day-to-day.
In the end, Makler handled my case with the care and conviction that I hoped for but wasn't necessarily expecting in my DUI lawyer. His expertise in the legal field saved my skin. Two DUI convictions in 10 years would have been devastating. To have that second DUI turned into a Wet Reckless, and not lose my license to boot, was such a wonderful and unexpected gift. And I owe it all to this lawyer, who is not only a first-rate professional but also a really kind and decent human being. After making the worst decision to drink and drive, hiring him was without a doubt the best decision I could have made. For those of you who are looking for legal representation, trust me, you want this man fighting in your corner. I will always be grateful to him for his incomparable work.
Posted by a client
Mr. Makler is very knowledgeable and knew how to approach my case right away. He was able to reduce a felony charge to two misdemeanors in a day and then got the two charges dismissed. The whole process went smoothly and professionally at a very reasonable price. Would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer.
Posted by Michael
This man is a magic maker, I'm certain he chose this field instead of being a magician only for the money. Hands down best attorney you can get! helped me through a charge that really could've ruined my life. Eternally grateful my friend. Aloha
Posted by Oscar
Mr. Makler assisted me with my court issues and did an incredible job. I felt as though he genuinely cared about helping me and he worked to achieve the best possible outcome for me and my case. I was able to stay informed on my case and felt comfortable in knowing that I understood what was going on throughout the process. Mr. Makler’s patience and professional manner was extremely appreciated, especially when dealing with such a stressful situation already. I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend Mr. Makler to any friend or family member who finds themselves in need of his services and would be certain that’d they’d be in very capable, and genuinely helpful, hands.
Posted by Joshua
Mr. Makler is the best that money can buy. I was facing 3 felony offenses and certain jail and/or prison time. I am a college student, accused of a crime that I was not guilty. I am so thankful that Mr. Makler had superior knowledge of the justice system. I was very busy with classes and working. Mr. Makler was there for me from the start allowing me to not miss a day of work or school.
Posted by Casey
Bill Makler helped me out of a stressful predicament. I got charged with disorderly conduct with alcohol in isla vista and I am under 21 years old so it resulted in my license being suspended. I then missed court for that charge resulting in a warrant for my arrest. Within 3 days of calling Mr .Makler my arrest warrant was recalled and my driving license reinstated. I then proceeded to miss multiple deadlines for my court requirements but Mr. Makler was able to take care of everything and still get me the same deal even when I didn't contact him and let him know what was going on till the last minute. I ended up getting to keep my license and not have anything stay on my record. I couldn't possibly ask for better service; my phone calls and emails were always answered, he was always reassuring that everything would be okay, and it was because of him.
Posted by Jeremy
Mr. Makler helped me with a minor criminal offense two years ago. He laid out my options and told me what he could do. Not only did he follow through with getting my charge dismissed, but he did so while communicating well and answering all of my questions in a prompt manner. He remained persistent in getting the job done. Now, two years later, Mr. Makler is still answering questions I have regarding the incident - even late at night! You cannot go wrong with this lawyer.
Posted by a client
He's very easy going and does his job perfectly. He got me reduced from a 2nd offense DUI to a wet reckless with reasonable fines and waived a suspended license for a smooth and manageable recovery to such a stressful situation! His costs are completely reasonable as opposed to other lawyers in the Santa Barbara area. He will forever be my lawyer!
Posted by Kathryn
I approached Bill Makler to speak with him about representing my son on 2 misdemeanor charges. I wasn't certain he would be interested in the case since many attorneys of Mr. Makler's caliber do not take on minor cases. However, he understood that the charges were major to my son and accepted the case. In large part due to Mr. Makler's reputation for honesty and integrity in the Santa Barbara legal community, he was able to get the 2 misdemeanor charges reduced to 0. It doesn't get any better than that. Our family is most grateful for his representation.
Posted by Reya
Will got me down to a wet and reckless with the addition of the helmendollar, which I hear is very hard to obtain! I am thrilled with my services and it was well worth the money. Much less in fines and no suspends license! So grateful for your work and persistence ! Thanks bill :)