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I was facing three felony charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident. My partner alleged that I had dragged her, threatened her with a weapon and held her captive against her will after a heated argument. She has also been diagnosed since her teenage years, with an anxiety disorder. She also has an Axis II diagnosis: Borderline Personality Disorder. She has a history of self-mutilation, anorexia- nervosa and cocaine abuse.
As you can see, I am a Marriage and Family Therapist INTERN (MFTi - hours not completed[Master's in Counseling Psychology]), and a certified MHRS (mental health rehabilitation specialist in the State of California) That being said, a criminal arrest in which violence is alleged, has the potential to not only ruin, but end my career altogether. So I absolutely needed the best criminal defense attorney who has experience trying cases before a jury, is known by most of the criminal Justices in the Bay Area and someone who understood what long-term consequences I was facing, the anxiety and stress I was feeling as a result of the arrest and someone who believed in my version of the events that led to my arrest.
After reading many reviews of many different attorneys who specialized in domestic violence defense and forwarding those attorney's links to my family back east, Julia was the attorney whose credentials and experience stood out. I should note that my father's side of the family - including my father - consists of three lawyers and a Housing Court Judge, all of whom practiced and sit in New York City. Even they agreed that Julia was as good as they come - at least she looked good on paper. But could those credentials and experience rise to the occasion and meet my needs.
I have learned in my profession and through my own experience that attorneys often don't listen to what the client needs or understands what outcome is best for this specific client. If I were a blue-collar worker, sure, I could have saved some money and plead to a misdemeanor 6 months ago and accepted a default judgement in the restraining order that was filed against me. But because of my profession, I couldn't. I had to fight. And Julia understood this.
This is the best part of Julia the attorney: she understood why we needed to work for a certain result. And I appreciated that. She understood what result I needed and why I needed it. Julia also believed in my version of the events - I acted in self defense, and failed to call the police which led to my imminent arrest. But after she read and acquired my ex-partner's medical and mental health records, she began to draw a clear picture and strategy.
Julia would often email and call me anytime she received a piece of information that helped my case. She also gave me her personal cell phone number and she would text updates to me and she would always, promptly (and I mean within the hour) respond to whatever questions I had, via text.
First, we had to deal with the civil matter: the restraining order. Julia's cross-examination was aggressive and she made multiple objections during these hearings. I believe that her persistence exhausted the other side and certainly dissuaded my ex-partner from wanting to continue by testifying in the criminal matter.
In the end, Julia turned three violent felonies into one very low misdemeanor: simple assault. I was sentenced to informal probation for two years (which just means that I have to stay out of trouble for that period of time) and complete 32 hours of anger management. We never went to trial, which saved me time away from my job, money and anxiety. JULIA IS THE BEST DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN SF.
I contacted Julia and retained her almost immediately. The petitioner's accusations during a civil hearing were false and unfounded. Julia demonstrated before the judge the inconsistencies in the petitioner's claim. Julia's defense was indisputable and the judge ruled in my favor. This entire situation left me unsettled, but Julia was always there. She returned my calls/emails promptly, and she exercised the utmost patience during my ordeal.
The way Julia handles matters in court is remarkable. She is beyond talented and her ability to convey her point is impressive to watch. I will always be a fan of Julia and will never forget her efforts. I can honestly say that I will be forever indebted. Julia far exceeded my expectations.
Never in my wildest dream had I thought it will be the time for me to hire criminal lawyer. When this time came and I was facing ridiculous and exaggerated charges in San Mateo County, my first instinct was just to go in court and stand-up for myself. However, very soon I understood that in criminal cases it’s better to have someone one your side with knowledge and expertise. After researching several web sites and interviewing some lawyers I contacted Julia Mezhinsky Jayne. After some e-mails we set the meeting to review the documents and information pertaining to my case. As soon we had met I knew my choice was the right one. Julia was very accommodating to my situation and very helpful walking me through the procedure and took care of handling my case, to the point that it wasn’t even necessary for me to show-up in court at the first time. She performed her duties as I would expect from the professional of her level. Julia always kept me up to date and is very responsive: she responded to our communication right away. The only unpleasant area of handling this case was the disorganization in San Mateo Court system, which at the end required additional efforts, time and even extra cost to accomplish filing my case dismissal properly. If it wasn’t for Julia I would, probably, still dealing with the case. Julia methodically and persistently stayed on top my case and finally we had a positive result.
Julia Jayne helped me get out of a real mess, false accusations, and defamation, from a previous amorous relationship gone bad.
Upon seeing the outstanding reviews, I immediately called Julia Mezhinsky Jayne 's office. From the outset, Julia was professional, motivated, most knowledgeable, and as sharp as they come.
Were it not for her, I would have been lost in the labyrinth of this nasty legal system. Julia is definitely the first person I recommend.
Legal advocate Julia Jayne cut directly to the chase and cleared-up the chaotic court matters that I recently faced. Julia as well, revealed the slouchy legal mis-handling and dishonest detriment that prior hired counsel had imposed on the court proceedings that I faced. Julia's case articulation, clarity, and, material organization can be summed-up with one word: Superior. I truly wanted to shout her name from the city tops after Julia championed a positive court outcome.
I hired Julia Jayne based on the recommendation of a friend who is a lawyer (who doesn't practice criminal law). My goal was to negotiate a face to face meeting with a hostile group that were planning to bring criminal charges against me. Her advice for my situation was excellent in every respect. The meeting she arranged went very well and her presence there was a key factor in convincing the group to work toward a successful out of court settlement that Julia negotiated with the group's lawyer.
Through the entire process Julia conducted herself professionally. She was competent, knowledgeable and supportive. She was able to help me resolve an extremely stressful situation. Her fees were also very reasonable.
Based on my experience, I would recommend Julia Jayne without reservation.