|FL||Member in Good Standing||1975||07/19/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Clearwater Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Pinellas County Criminal Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|College of Master Advocates and Barristers||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Stetson University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|Florida State University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1970|
Posted by anonymous
Unfortunately, I cannot leave a positive review for this attorney. I do not feel he had my family's best interest in mind and I was lucky enough t o figure that out before we hired him. We were in a tight situation with what felt like no other options and I believe Mr. Prior attempted to take advantage of that. He knew we were not local to the area and it seems he felt we would pay him whatever the cost to fix our problem. He came as a reference from another attorney close to the family so we had hoped Mr. Prior would keep that in mind. Instead an astronomical fee was quoted for a case that we all felt was going to be dropped by the State before it ever even got filed. Despite that very realistic possiblity, a fee was quoted for the "whole case". The "whole case" had to be paid for up front EVEN if he immediately got the case dropped. Mr. Prior's experience , his self proclamation that he "knew everyone" in the court house and at the State coupled with the facts of the case made it seemingly clear that this was not going to be the hardest case to get rid of quickly. And yet , an entire case fee was quoted to us. Luckily, another attorney in the area was willing to help us at a fraction of the cost, not because he was not an excellant attorney but simply because he wanted to actually help us and he knew he wasn't going to need to take this case very far. As expected, this other attorney got the case dropped nearly instantaneously. I am sure Mr. Prior knows what he is doing as he has been practicing in this area for many years. However it quickly became clear that his agenda was to make a quick and easy buck instead of focusing on how to actually help us.
Posted by Kelly
This man is charged me $5000 to represent my ex-husband in a false arrest of aggravated battery, a felony. Before the discovery was even done, my ex passed away & later the State ended up dropping the charges due to lack of information. I had repeatedly requested a partial refund of this money as Mr. Prior did not do anything on my ex's behalf except to make a few phone calls; in fact, I was the one to tell him that the State had dropped the charges. Mr. Prior is all about the money. I lost the father of my 3 children & $5000.
Posted by Katherine
When Doug wanted the retainer fee for my case, he did spend a lot of time in a complimentary consultation with me, proudly exclaiming he was long time friends with the judge. Once, he got my down payment, he started changing his tune, and would interrupt me telling me" he knows what hes doing"! Well, silly me for entrusting my elders bc he was not up to date on the new DUI laws and we were all surprised when I got screwed in court.
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