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Posted by Mark, a Criminal Defense client,
I hired Mr Semansky for a troublesome Domestic Violence case, The injuries were serious and alcohol had been a problem in my life. Mr Semansky made me feel comfortable was non judgmental and worked with both me and my wife... me to get sober and do therapy and her to seek counseling and join Al=Anon, The case resolved successfully and the ordeal, particularly Mr Semansky's intervention ,saved my life and my marriage
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
I had a pending criminal case and needed the help of an attorney for my defense . A civil case was also pending which had transpired directly from the criminal charges. After consulting with Michael Semansky he agreed to take on both cases for a flat fee amount. At that time he was pretty assuring that I would not have to do any jail time and that I would have no problem in winning the civil case. I paid his retainer fee and signed a contract stating that he would represent me in both cases. I informed him that I had 2 no bail warrants. Mr. Semansky stated he would contact the courts to find out if indeed I had these warrants. After 3 days I left a message with his answering service requesting a call back. Two days later I received a voice mail stating that I DID NOT have any warrants at that time. I knew that was incorrect so I contacted a bail bond company who checked for me and verified that indeed I did have 2 no bail warrants. They suggested I put myself on the court calendar as soon as possible to avoid getting arrested. I made several attempts over the week-end to contact Mr.Semansky to inform him that I would be in court on Monday to take care of these warrants. Unable to speak to him I left several voice mails. Monday morning I went to court and ran into Mr. Semansky. He didn't know my name much less what my case was about. He was there representing another client. He sent me to the courtroom with instructions to tell the judge that he would be there as soon as he could. The judge dropped both warrants and set another court date. His representation went from bad to worse. He would send an inexperienced attorney to fill in for him. I decided to accept an offer from the DA's office where I would plead no contest and serve my time on house arrest. Mr. Semansky had me fill out and sign the paperwork agreeing to those terms. Before appearing in front of the judge Mr. Semansky left and again provided me with a stand in attorney. The judge reviewed my case and denied the arrangement agreed upon by both the DA's office and myself. I was sentenced to jail time and had to choose to turn myself in either that week-end or the following week-end. In an attempt to stop this from happening the stand in attorney requested we set another court date prior to the sentencing explaining to the judge that he was merely standing in for Mr. Semansky and was not prepared to advise me. The judge made a point to tell him that he was representing me and that I had to make a decision that day as to whether I would accept her terms or take it to trial. I requested a trial and the judge proceeded to tell me that she would be judging that trial and would make a point to incarcerate me for 2 years minimum. Not knowing what I should do i agreed to the original term and served 6 months in jail. Mr. Semansky failed to represent me in both civil and criminal procedures.