I had never had any criminal issues before hiring Brandt and didn't know what to look for in hiring a criminal attorney. DON'T make the same mistake I did in hiring this man. Six years ago, I was on my way to the airport to pick a friend's family member up. It was me and two friends in the car. We had taken 95 south to get to the airport. I needed to use the restroom badly and so we stopped right off the exit in Rivera Beach at the closest gas station.
I went into the gas station and was informed that the restroom was out of order. The clerk said I could go around back if I just was needing to pee as it was private. So I ran around to the back. Not yet unzipped, a police officer appeared and yelled asking what I was doing. I told him I was about to pee. Immediately, he handcuffed me and put me in his patrol car. The officer didn't ask my name, who I was with or if I had a vehicle, he just put me in the back of his car and took me to the police station. My friends had no idea what to do as all of this happened within maybe three minutes of us arriving at the gas station. They couldn't even get out of our car and over to the cops car before the officer had pulled off with me in the back. I spent almost 24 hours in the Palm Beach Count Jail charged with INDECENT EXPOSURE.Me, a professional man, never having any criminal history, was locked up and charged with the same crime as a FLASHER or PERVERT for ALMOST peeing in the back of a gas station in a private area. The day after, I called different Criminal Attorneys I had found on Google.
The only attorney that could see me the same day was Brandt. I came to his office, told him what happened. He said he would need a $1,500 retainer and that he could get this dropped immediately. I told him I was very worried as I am in a professional career that requires no criminal history and in addition, I knew I had done nothing wrong. He assured me that he would resolve the issue and I would be cleared and have no record. I asked if he would check to see if there were cameras at the gas station so we could prove that I had not even unzipped yet and he said yes, he would do that and get statements from my friends. So, trusting that he was a man of his word, I paid him the $1,500 that day.After not hearing back, I started calling to find out what had been done.
I knew from talking to my friends that he had not tried to contact them for statements. I spoke with Mary at his office who assured me that their office was working on the case. I knew there was a court date coming up and still had had no contact from Mr. Brandt. Mary continued to string me along telling me they were working on my case. No one called. At this point, I didn't know what to do so I took matters into my own hands. I drove down to the gas station and talked with the manager and got a copy of the video from the night of the arrest. I sat down with my friends and asked them to write down everything they witnessed. I then called Mr. Brandt's office and told them what I had done and asked what I should do with the information I had gathered. I finally got thru to Brandt, he said I had done a good job collecting the info and he would call me back.
He didn't call me, NEVER talked to witnesses or viewed the videotape. I still hadn't talked with him again until the morning of court. We went before the judge and prosecutor and I told them I had witnesses. The prosecutor said she knew nothing about any witnesses and that she hadn't even talked to Brandt about my case. After hearing me speak about my witnesses, the prosecutor said they would dismiss the case if I could prove I had done volunteer work. Brandt said "take that deal" and you'll be done with this. Not knowing what court terms mean, I asked Brandt if this meant it would be taken out of the record and he said yes.
Last week I found out I lost a job because this is still on my record. Now i have to hire a new attorney.
Response from Arthur Brandt November 10, 2015
I am so sorry for your situation. At the time your case was resolved you were advised to have your arrest sealed/expunged. Had you followed my advise your employer would not have had access to the records.
All of my clients have 24 - 7 access to me via cell phone.