Posted by anonymous
My dilemma all started back in June 2018. You would think that your command/leadership are the people that would have your back and support you but this fantasy was all a myth. In reality they’re the ones that will put you in the shithole. At this time I was putting my trust in them disclosing information to them but they weren’t trying to help me they were all fake people concerned about their ranks and the limited information I gave them they tried using against me. They were trying get information to help out the prosecution team. I was left in confinement for 5 months with no end in sight for a trial. That is when my family and I decided to bring in the big gun which came in the form of Mr. Waddington. From the moment my family consulted and spoke to his wife Alexandra we knew he was our guy. When I first got to talk to him about my case he was very straight forward, transparent and I could tell he’s been in this business dealing with situations like mine. He didn’t promise to win the case but really made me feel I had a chance even when the decks were stacked against me. In the preparation of my trial Mr. Waddington walked me through what to expect and strategized what would be the best option for me. He worked diligently with my ADC lawyer. During the trial it went smoothly the way he planned it. Mr. Washington was very masterful and there was no surprises at my trial. The prosecution team looked stupid and dumbfounded in front of the judge. They looked lost and confused during the trial. The judge even called out my leadership and the prosecution team for the stuff they were trying to throw at me. Without Mr. Washington I don’t think my case would’ve played out the way it did. I’m forever thankful and grateful to Mr Waddington and his wife for fighting for me and giving it their best. And in all honesty they could’ve turned down my case and told me good luck but they’re not that type of people they care about their clients and they fought for me and supported my family. I highly recommend Mr Michael Waddingtons services if you’re in a tough spot. You won’t go wrong picking him to represent you. If you’re second guessing this decision don’t because he and his wife are great lawyers and wonderful human beings. Get him to represent you because he won’t stir you wrong and he is your fighting chance! Thank you once again for everything and for giving me another chance in life!
Posted by anonymous
I did not really realize the credentials Michael had before I met him. He’s written numerous books and it shows that he has a lot of experience. I think if I had only used the military defense I would have received an OTH. My discharge will say honorable and I could not be happier. Worth every cent. I have the ability now to recover my life. I could not be more thankful.
Posted by anonymous
Questionable allegations of Art. 120 began almost two years ago. Michael was hired after a pitiful NCIS investigation led to filing of charges. Although you may have many questions, your scared, and Michael may be hard to reach at times, you need to realize that he is out there defending others in similar situations whose cases may be going to trial a lot sooner than your own. Be patient, talk to no one, and I mean no one. Your command will attempt to ask questions, your “most trusted” friends will ask questions. Say nothing, your Art. 31 rights are stated for a reason and even if they’re not, keep your mouth closed. Everything will be used against at your specific type of Court Martial. Above all, keep motivated and DO NOT slack in your job/position. DO NOT get in any additional trouble for should any acquittal come of your case, any negative aspects since an allegation will most likely lead to an administrative discharge. Keep your head high and stay low on your commands radar. Within weeks of the Court Martial, Michael and his team were preparing for battle against an unrelenting prosecution and an alleged victim who should of been getting court Martialed themselves. Michael and his team dived into everything and the day of trial his tactics were amazing to watch. Michael reads and observed everything going on in the court room. During closing he gave the jury essentially a script of exactly what the prosecution would do. During the prosecutions repetitive closing, they did just as Michael stated. Michael was tactful, diligent, and smart. Deliberations were limited and the outcome was a full acquittal. If you’re accused of a crime and you feel like money is holding you from hiring Michael, think smart. Going to a Court Martial could mean losing everything you ever worked for, your family, friends, and any potential future you dreamed of. If you have to sell everything, sell it. If you have to take loans or borrow money, take it. Deal with the financial burdens after you walk out of the court room a free person. Don’t hesitate to hire Michael. Your life and future will depend upon it. I personally know other service members dealing with similar situations and have recommended Michael. The most important information I can say is keep your mouth closed no matter how much you want to talk. Never give CID/NCIS/Law Enforcement any information. Stay off your phone, don’t text anyone in regards to your case.
Posted by Julian
I would not be typing this today if it were not for this firm and Micheal Waddington! When the reviews say aggressive believe them; this will not be the only review you see. He was able to take three charges down from article 107 and 2 counts of article 120 to an aquittle of all charges! He is the best in the nation for the reason that he is aggressive and does not stop! If you think he’s not thinking about your case when he’s not talking to you or while he’s busy with his other cases, you’ve lost your mind!!! This mans focus is impenetrable he is constantly thinking and making moves! He comes with facts and the sooner you let him know all the facts of his case the easier he can take it to prosecutors! He had his closing argument pretty much down from day 2 of a supposedly 5 day trial and the insight and foresight is undoubtedly the best. I’m not going to go into too many facts about the case, but from the day he showed up he had already been in contact with a doctor who gave substantiated facts, investigators that knew what it meant to do an actual non biased investigation, a jag lawyer who is also the top jag on the west coast and a plethora of witnesses who when interviewed gave testimony truthfully and untainted! All of these lead to destroying a doctor who thought they could guess the BAC of a person based on a description of the person, witnesses who changed a their stories and investigators who didn’t get all the facts before they made their conclusion to charges! If you want the real deal and think you can’t afford it guess again, what you could lose is far greater than this firms price! I will be able to continue my career in the navy, the navy I love and that has given me so much, all because of this firm. Thank you Mr. Waddington and your firm I will stay in contact forever!
Posted by Jeff
Our son was being tried on multiple counts of sexual assault and simple assault. The Trial Defense Services military attorney appointed for his case wanted to use a "crime of passion" defense even though our son was innocent across the board. After a very disappointing 412 hearing it was clear we needed new representation. We found Mr. Waddington and immediately hired him to represent our son. With less than 70 days before the trial he analyzed the situation and charges and came back with a hard hitting defense that destroyed the prosecutions case and witnesses. Had we not hired him, our son would be in prison instead of immediately being un-flagged and re-enlisting. I recommend Michael Waddington to any military member who needs aggressive, knowledgeable, and highly competent representation. He was worth every penny!
Posted by Rip
If you're at the point where you're reading Mike's reviews then we both know you've already made the best decision, so I won't attempt to sell him. His experience sells itself. I will offer the solace of firm results for those falsely accused, as I know you're flabbergasted, weighing percentages, wondering "why me?" No worries mate, Mike's got you well in hand. My case? Standard issue jilted ex that snowballs into multiple provably false 120s, 128s, throw in an article 91 (or 92)...multiple accusers (one an AFOSI agent) you get the idea. Result for the accused: Two years later (another 5% in retirement, bright side, don't forget), I'm fat, dumb and happy, enjoying the retirement pay of a senior NCO (and non-taxable disability), and prepping for free law school (Mike let me school the prosecutor in court myself on why none of his "witnesses" could make any statement whatsoever. If that's not inspiration to be a zealous advocate I don't know what is.) along with the non-taxable 2,300 a month BAH while I'm attending (still debating his fees vs. your happiness?). Results for the accusers and those "in charge": Accuser 3: Five years monitored probation, civilian jail time (x2), weekly urinalysis, and current criminal investigation (ongoing). Accuser 2: Went from federal agent to having to return home to work in a town of 32,000 in an extremely cold and bleak northern state after 11 years in the military with a TS clearance. Initial accuser results will be posted following Congressional and CID investigation, as I believe in due process, not libel. Convening Authority (Colonel) for my "case": Earlier than expected retirement, no promotion to General, focus of investigation as well. Commanding General: Results to follow. Company Commander: Removed from position. First Sergeant: Removed after only six months in position. Bottom line: TDS (in this case CPT Mark, et al...) has extremely competent and caring attorneys (Google Mike, when he got out, and more importantly read between the lines on why he got out), but simply put: sometimes they leave. Michael Waddington is THERE. Hurricane Irma and no electricity since he lived in P.R.? No problem, he moved to Florida. Prosecution wants a plea agreement? No problem: I told the General to give me two GCMs and a letter of recommendation within 2 weeks of signing an agreement for a Company level letter of reprimand. Get it? Michael will play it to the bone for you. Your end isn't deciding whether to retain him, it's deciding to "nut up" and go all the way after you do. Take it from a double Bronze Star winner with actual trigger time (as opposed to your Convening Authority), Mike does NOT flinch. Thanks for your time. I'm going to go enjoy retirement and grow this super sweet beard now.
Posted by Mike
The nightmare began when I was targeted by an online blackmail, and escalated when law enforcement charged me with attempted sexual assault. I was facing felony charges and the end of everything I worked for.
After carefully searching for representation expert in the UCMJ, I called Waddington & Gonzalez, and it was the best possible decision. Michael and Alexandra clearly articulated what was happening, what could happen, and what they were going to do.
With their help, the charges were ultimately dropped and I am able to resume life free of a criminal record.
I would recommend Michael Waddington to anyone facing Court-Martial.
Posted by James
Wow! Wow! Wow! Pitbull for the powerless is how I describe this real American hero. I was facing a general court-martial for an alleged sexual assault which could have wrongfully ended my 20-year career and destroyed my family. I found Mr. Waddington's information online and contacted him right away. There was no question he was the man for the job. He was hired and set out to rightfully defend me against this horrible allegation. Mr. Waddington knows the law and he knows the UCMJ. He tirelessly prepared and fought for me and we were successful in court! Now a 20-year career has been restored and a family is still intact thanks for Mr. Waddington's dedication to defending those like me that have had an attempted character assassination target placed upon them. Mr. Waddington was the right man for my UCMJ criminal defense case and he IS the right man for your case as well! I would hire him again and recommend others do as well. Even those supporting me in the courtroom made similar comments about him being one of the best defense attorneys they're ever heard argue in court. he was a consummate professional both in and out of court. he made himself available to me letting me know I was the priority as his client. Thank you, Mr. Waddington, for giving me my life and career back!
Posted by anonymous
My situation began in 2016 when a female falsely accused me of sexual assault. Shortly after, I received a phone call from a police investigator, who asked me to provide my statement. I, wanting my side of the story heard, initially agreed, but decided to ask a local attorney to accompany me. This lawyer ultimately advised against my meeting with the police and instead contacted them on my behalf and represented me going forward. The next couple of months were extremely nerve-wracking so when I received word that the District Attorney dismissed the case I thought everything was great. It wasn't.
The Navy contacted me shortly thereafter and informed me of an NCIS investigation for the same allegation. They further informed me that I was placed on legal hold from my impending separation date and the nightmare started all over again. Unfortunately, my local attorney was not familiar with military law, but very fortunately, I was referred to Michael Waddington as the recognized expert in military sexual assault cases. I contacted his firm, Gonzalez & Waddington Attorneys at Law for a consultation.
Almost immediately, I received a call from the firm's assistant, Sandra, who put me in touch with Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington for an initial consultation. Mrs. Waddington was very understanding and professional during the interview and put me at ease by thoroughly explaining the process to me and gave me the feeling that I had a seriously experienced team on my side. I definitely had a renewed peace of mind once she agreed the firm would take on my case.
In the meantime, a second female band-wagoned with a new sexual assault allegation, making my case that much more complex. While I was completely comfortable with my choice of attorney, things were quickly worsening, and my anxiety was rapidly escalating.
Although my interaction with Mrs. Waddington was exclusively remote via email or phone, she handled a majority of their pre-trial information gathering and discussions with me, and any time I needed to speak with her she was extremely responsive. Mr. Waddington attended my Motions Hearing and I was impressed with his demeanor and spent the afternoon discussing the case. I felt comfortable whenever I spoke with my attorneys about the situation despite the stress and angst that were constantly resident in my life.
Mr. Waddington arrived the weekend before my court martial and came ready for battle. I was his and my Navy-appointed JAG's sole focus from that point forward and watching them work was simply amazing. At the end of the trial, after six terrifying hours of jury deliberation, I was found Not Guilty of all charges against me, six in total.
At times it is difficult to get in touch with him, especially when your case is several months away. However, it is important to remember the best attorneys are the busiest attorneys, and Michael Waddington is among the top attorneys in this field. He is constantly either in preparation for a trial or arguing a case. As my case approached, communication with my JAG, Michael, and Alexandra increased exponentially and there was never any indication of their not having a complete handle on the situation.
The financial price for their services seems high but is worth it, especially when you consider what is at stake: for me, it was my freedom, my name, and my future. My life, really. I can say without a doubt that hiring Michael Waddington was the best decision I ever made and I highly recommend him to any military member facing a sexual assault-related charge.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Waddington is hands down the best defense lawyer around for any kind of sexual assault related cases. He goes above and beyond in his preparation for court. Things may seem slow while working back and forth over email and phone, but when he arrives to prepare for court with you it is full throttle. He will put in the hours and review your case/evidence from every angle and determine what is the best defense strategy for you. He also cares about you as an individual, not just a client. He is considerate and thoughtful about your physical and mental state throughout the trial.
For those who are on the fence about Mr. Waddington and his team, I 100% recommend him. On the scariest day of my life I'm glad I hired Mr. Waddington and wouldn't want to be defended by anyone but him and his team. He saved my life.