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Posted by a Domestic Violence client, Flag
Daniel Hempey and the team at his practice saved my life.
I had been terribly assualted by a person with bi-polar disorder with a history of self mutilation. After he attacked me, he inflicted wounds and basically, created a crime scene. Immediately after the attack I contacted the police for help.
That was where my problems began.The aggressor came from an influential family. A few days later, The Kauai deputy prosecutor, Lawrence Strauss, called me and tried to intimidate me to drop charges. When I finally received a copy of the police report it was completely incorrect. When I refused to drop charges, Strauss dropped the charges against the aggressor and then raised the charges against me.
Being victimized by the system which I felt was there to help me was worse than the assault.
I felt desperate and suicidal.
Hempey’s office first did not want to take my case. It’s a small island and Strauss had told them lies about the evening of the assault.
I convinced his office to take my case and of my innocence. They believed me. I cannot tell you how powerful this was and still is.
Daniel Hempey really fought for me. He didn’t give up and continued to advocate on my behalf. Eventually he filed motions for “vindictive and impermissible selective prosecution”.
It's important to mention that Hempey defended me for a price that was unbelievably fair for the representation I received.
The charges were dropped. Lawrence Strauss lost his job. I’m not sure if his firing was directly related to my case but what he did to me was criminal. He should have never been given that authority. I never believed something like this could happen to a woman in the US, but it did. Hopefully by having Strauss gone, women in Kauai will be safer. I hope no woman has to suffer what I did.
Daniel Hempey put justice into the legal system.
I feel and will always feel deeply indebted and grateful. He save my life.