Posted by LaToya
I had interacted with Mr. McLaughin for lenghty period prior to my trial. Upon any communication I had he brushed me off saying don't worry, don't worry, I would be dismissed with minor consquences being as though I had cooperated with all the channels needed to reduce my sentence, which was all done without his presence because he said I was an adult . Since speaking with other attys. they stated they never have allowed me to speak with anyone on the otherside without there company. The evening before the trial he flipped the script completely and told me I was facing a very lenghty mandatory minimum which was never mentioned before (true or false? I don't know, however I didn't recieve the mandated sentence, therefore I'm under the assumption he was trying to make himself to be Great Lawyer when I recieved a lighter sentence) at that point I had no recourse but to hope for the best. By chance, I brought the evidence I needed to show the judge which was they only proof that caused the judge to use his discresion and reduce my punishment. Basically, public defender or very costly atty., If I had to choose again PD is the way I would go. I don't think there was anything that Mr. McLaughlin did that would have changed the outcome of my sentence. He is a ill-prepared fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants attorney!
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