Posted by august
Joshua M Reed was a miserable failure of delivering what was promised. Would recommend any lawyer or none before taking him up on his solicitation. Reed offered his services for our son who was pressed for time to get his speeding ticket closed out before he reported for basic training, so there was a hard deadline 6 days after the earliest court date he could be assigned. We hired him due to his understanding of the military that he explained to us.
He was willing to go down and just face the judge but was assured by Reed that he didn't need to do that, and he would take care of things. As the date approached there were many requests for feedback on what he had accomplished, of which none were answered satisfactorily. There were many times that even his office staff didn't answer the phone despite the solicitation's claims to be especially responsive. That was laughable in this case. We were given excuses that even if true, do not excuse the attorney of his duty to keep his client informed.
Believing that a competent lawyer would at least deliver on his promise and get the paperwork done on what he had charged us a significant price for (over $400, compared to the other solicitations we received for less than $200), we went into the day of court not knowing what we were supposed to do - and no contact from him or his office. The next day I called the court to find the status of the case and was cheerily informed by the county employee that a bench warrant had been issued for failure to appear in court with a $1000 fine. Reed finally answered his phone (sounded like I woke him up) and acted surprised that it hadn't been taken care of. I informed him of the status per the court recorder and let him know in no uncertain terms that we were not pleased with his work.
To his credit, the problem was resolved and the warrant had been retracted by noon that day, but it is not the kind of concern a lawyer should create for someone who is dependent on a clean record to achieve security clearances in the future.
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