My name is Dr Matt S., and I provide my very highest regards to Attorney Seda Aktas for invaluable legal assistance that she provided to me in 2014. I was a recent transplant to South Florida--been here only 6 weeks--when I got in serious trouble with the law. I was charged with DUI and, frighteningly, felony drug possession for having some my girlfriend’s pain pills on me when at arrest. After spending 42 hours in a Dade County jail, and $6,000 in bail money to get released, the seriousness of my situation was crystal clear. What wasn’t clear to me, however, was how I would even begin to fight the unfair charges that could have put me in prison for several years. I was scared.
I needed a top-notch attorney, and time was running short for me. I researched local lawyers on the internet, and spoke with several by phone. No shortage of lawyers that were willing to take my case, but I was thoroughly unimpressed with most. I was 100% certain that I wanted to fight the charges against me as hard as I could—I wasn’t guilty and I was not going to settle for a plea ‘bargain’. Period. However, it was clear that most lawyers that I’d consulted with, without even examining the details of my case past a first telephone conference, were leaning towards that legal approach. Though embarrassing to admit, when younger I’d had a few run-ins with the law (misdemeanor) that of course don’t work in my favor in the courtroom. I badly needed an attorney who could take that into consideration and still mount an aggressive defense.
Fortunately, I met Seda Aktas. My girlfriend, a former attorney, reached out for legal advice for me, and Atty Aktas was recommended by several of her colleagues. I called her. I was impressed with Seda from our first conversation. On the phone, Seda was straightforward, sympathetic, and clearly knowledgeable about cases like mine. Talking with Seda was more encouraging vs all the other attorneys that I’d spoken with. Importantly, Seda is a former prosecuting attorney herself, so she knows very well the attitudes and approaches of both sides of a legal system that threatened to convict and imprison me, which would have destroyed my life. My only hesitation was that Seda was younger than most of the attorneys I’d talked with, and maybe didn’t have the same experience level as older attorneys—I was wrong. If anything, her relative youth equaled more energy. My favorable impressions of Seda were only strengthened after meeting her in person, and I left her office feeling so relieved to know that I had Attorney Aktas on my side.
Seda Aktas really came through for me. Accessibility to my lawyer, after legal knowledge and courtroom talent, is an important factor to me. Seda was always available when I had questions or worries, and was quick to get back to me. Text and email responses were always rapid, even when she was busy with major federal trials. If more detailed exchanges were necessary, then phone calls or office visits were never a problem. With Seda, I never questioned whether my attorney was truly on-the-job. Facing criminal charges is highly stressful, on top of all the usual pains in life. Though the legal system is fickle and final outcomes can be unpredictable, Seda’s attentiveness and proactive approach to my case greatly reduced my anxiety level.
Attorney Seda Aktas kicked some legal butt! Seda convinced the prosecutor that the drug charge evidence against me was weak, and that charge was dropped entirely. That left the DUI, which we targeted for trial. Although a DUI is minor compared to the felony, it still can cause serious lasting damage. And a DUI conviction is expensive. Very. After several court appearances, the DUI charge was also dismissed. My legal outcomes could not have been better!
I hope never again to face the legal system as a criminal defendant. However, if I ever again need a reliably excellent attorney, I will definitely call Seda Aktas.