Not Recommended: Absent, Dishonest, and will NOT reply or Communicate Case Updates
Robert O'Hale became my lawyer in 12/2016 for a DUI case. He charged me $2,500, which I paid in full, up front. As you can see from other reviews, he only charged $1,500 to others even a year or two after me.. So off the bat it was hard to trust what he was saying. Twice, throughout the 3 years of continuing my case, he wanted to plead guilty because he was tired and his leg was in pain. He continued my case for 3 years. Finally after 3 years of court dates every 6 months, I was found guilty but the NC DMV refused to recognized the judges order of no interlock needed and a granted of limited privilege driving. According to the NC DMV, the NC DMV does not have to follow district court judge's orders as they fall under the Attorney General of the state and according to the NC DMV the attorney general has the power to decline whatever was decided by the judge. The nattorney general excerise that power on my case. Robert claimed that he would help me if I paid him more money on top of the $2,500 that I had already paid. He agreed to file an injunction and call the attorney general. He never filed the injunction and never attempted to reach out to the attorney general to my knowledge, but still wanted more money. For 4 months after 9/2019, after I had been found guilty, Robert stopped returning phone calls, emails, or messages left with his personal assistant. He refused to respond and I've attempted to contact him at on average 3 times a week(phone, email, and through his assistant) for the last two months. I do not recommend this lawyer. There are much better options out there at a far less cost. I hope this helps you if you have been charged with a DUI offense.
My experience has taught me... bite the bullet/save money and plead guilty(if you are) get the interlock box asap, and get it all over with within one year. You'll save money, save yourself the headache of tracking your lawyer down, and dealing with multiple court dates that you will have to miss work for. Greensboro is one of the most difficult cities to fight a DUI charge in court.
Response from Robert O'Hale March 12, 2020
This client had a previous DWI. His blood test was .21 which is sky high. I spoke with the officer. I watched the videos. The client ran a red light and almost hit the officer's car. The client couldn't do the tests at the scene and in fact could barely stand. The officer who arrested him was with the police. She transferred the sheriff. The client advises that people should just get it over and plead guilty. That, in fact, as he says in his review is what I recommended. The only hope was that the officers would not show up. So I appeared in court for this client 20 times for twenty months. The officer was not present twice but the court allowed the state to continue the case over my objection. The client wanted to try the case. That is his choice not mine so we did. He wanted to take his chances and that's fine with me. That's how the case went on for 20 months. I try a lot of dwi cases and win my share. The Judge found him guilty but I was able to keep the blood test out of evidence. I went the extra mile to get the judge to issue an order telling the department of motor vehicles that they couldn't use the .21 against him and the order says no interlock. DMV insisted on the interlock. The client was very happy about the judges order and became unhappy when the department of motor vehicles told him he needed the interlock. I have been in touch with the attorney general. I have sent him the order. I have talked to other top dwi lawyers. Unfortunately ncgs and state v. bowes have been interpreted to state that the dmv can over rule a district court judge. I think its a separation of powers violation but that is the current law. I'd like to see it changed but as the client states he didn't pay me any extra in spite of my extra work. I'm sorry he is not happy. He can find the person to blame for his unhappiness in the mirror.