Joe Gerstenzang was the best decision I could have made for myself regarding my legal trouble. He is forthright, accountable, proficient, communicative, and creative with his interpretation of the law.
I had a second DWI approximately one year after my first, and was looking down the barrel of some harsh and seemingly endless penalties. Joe made me feel extremely confident and well represented throughout the process and in the courtroom. And he was able to achieve the results I was hoping for.
My first impression was that Joe was realistic and honest with me. We went over my case, which had been delayed for 10+ months due to covid court closures. Joe was honest with me about how he thought my case looked, and we made decisions from there. The decisions we made felt collaborative and I always felt like my voice was heard, and my story was understood.
Proceeding from there, Joe was able to negotiate a deal that I found extremely generous.
One thing that really stood out to me:
Due to covid court closures where I live, I was not able to drive for a very long time, as my case had remained stagnant while my license revocation remained in place. By the time the courts opened back up, I was not set to get my license back for a long time. The court did not want to recognize this closure time as time served of any suspension. This is where Joe got creative.
I don't exactly know how he did it, but Joe was able to get creative with his interpretation of law. He got me on the road again. Had I hired a lesser lawyer, I may have been Uber-bound for another 6-12 months.
Joe was always in communication with me, always willing to talk on the phone. He took things seriously. This told me that he understood how serious these matters were for me. Even as my case seemed like it was set to wrap itself up, Joe was in contact about little small details that I would have not thought about.
I cannot recommend Mr. Gerstenzang enough.
I have known people who have hired lesser lawyers for DWIs in NY, most likely to save a bit of money, and I've heard horror stories. Whatever amount you save on a cheap lawyer, you will end up paying more in the long run, both with your wallet, time, and your peace of mind.
It's worth it. Thank you Joe.