Six months ago I was frantically seeking legal representation for a misdemeanor case in which I was facing ugly charges that were very seriously threatening my future and jeopardizing any chances of gainful employment. Having never had any serious brushes with the law, I was completely at a loss on how to screen/hire an attorney and talked to at least 7 different ones before encountering Mr. Steven Goldman. Right off the bat I appreciated his straightforward style. He gave me a prompt, direct, and logical assessment of the circumstances with no promises, no sugar-coating, and no hard sell. I was impressed by how much we spoke on that complimentary initial telephonic consultation (two other attorneys wanted to charge me $150 for a preliminary talk) and I came away feeling comfortable and like I wouldn't have to watch my back with him were I to retain his services. Before long I made the decision to go with his firm and accepted his fee. It was not cheap for a man of my modest means, but it was reasonable as I knew that my type of case would be tough, that I was handing Mr. Goldman a weak hand (I foolishly made a lengthy statement to the cops at the time of my arrest), and that it could go on forever in the glacially paced Bronx County system. Without sharing too many details about my case, I can report that my experience with Mr. Goldman was worth every single penny I paid and then some. While it is impossible to claim that my opinion of the man and his services are completely divested from my admiration for him as a person (he's an affable, approachable guy who just happened to share many of my interests) I am objective enough to rate him based on:
Expertise - He never claimed to know everything, but it was apparent he knew his business as he routinely provided me relevant, applicable, and concise case information and strategy. Our meetings and conversations were not verbal data dumps mired in "legalese", but actually felt more like classes in which questions were encouraged.
Accessibility - At my request, he didn't just take the case and freeze me out of everything, but rather let me be part of the process. Whether it was email, text, calls or meetings, Mr. Goldman was always at the ready with updates. Note: I didn't abuse this by contacting him everyday - twice a month was typical.
Humanity - The very nature of the charges I was facing and my insistence on "being part of the process" exacted a personal toll as I was mentally, emotionally, and eventually physically distressed during this time. I was perpetually worried and came to know despair and insomnia I'd not wish on my worst enemy. Mr. Goldman saw this and like a true counselor tried his best to help me through it with advice, humor, and understanding.
My case ended as well as it possibly could short of it being miraculously thrown out or obtaining the elusive Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD) - neither of which was ever really an option give the details of my case. While I'll never get to work in law enforcement or for certain governmental/municipal offices I am happy to say I can move forward in life without a criminal record. Mr. Goldman played a crucial part in that and in my regaining mirth, health, and solid hope for the future. It is without reservation that I recommend him and his firm.