Posted by Matt
I hired this firm about 7 years ago after being charged with Wanton Endangerment for having an altercation with neighbors who were living in an apartment above mine. They were partying very loudly all night one weekend and I asked them several times to quiet down. Finally at around 0330 I got fed up so I wrote in mustard on their porch, "Shut Up," then went to the ground level on the grass and yelled up at their apartment to shut up, they then came outside onto their porch yelling down at me to go F myself at which point they saw the mustard message on their porch. They then came running down the stairs yelling that they were going to kill me so I ran into my apartment as they were hot on my tail. I didn't have time to shut the door behind me as they were coming at me fast so I ran into my apartment and grabbed my pistol from my kitchen and told them to get out of my apartment. A little struggle ensued as I had one by the throat and was pushing him out and his friends saw that I had the gun so they were helping to pull him back out of my apartment. After I got them out my roommate called the police.
When the police showed up apparently one of the officers knew one of the rednecks upstairs and took their side of the story, saying that I came outside with a gun pointing a pistol at them and threatening to shoot them. Complete BS.
(The smart thing to have done would have been to call the police to begin with. I understand that I was foolish that evening.)
Schneider suggested that we just plea to a lesser charge, a disorderly conduct charge, and not go to trial. Herein lies the problem with our legal system I suppose. This charge has caused me many thousands of dollars in immigration lawyers, not to mention all of the time I have wasted with not being able to work in the new country that I live because of immigration issues related to this 'case.' I suppose it was evident to Tim that I did not have the money to go to trial at the time, or maybe he is just used to the systems' 'routine' procedures, so I agreed to just accept the disorderly conduct charge.
All of that aside, when it came time for me to be eligible to expunge my charge, Tim would not respond back to me either via email or phone. I left a message with his assistant and sent many emails.
I'm not sure why he did not respond to my emails or phone call so that I could get the charge expunged. I'm not sure what benefit there could possibly be for an attorney to not have one of their client's charges expunged, so I don't think it was malicious, but it was aggravating and an email from him stating, "I'm too busy to take your case," would have been better than nothing.
So I'm giving 2 stars instead of 1 because at first he at least did communicate with me in a professional manner, even though his advice caused horrible consequences. I believe that the advice and course of action that we took created many problems for me and cost my family an additional $10,000 not to mention the time and opportunity cost of not being able to work in another country for years. Then not responding to me when it was time for expungement was really unprofessional.
I hired another attorney in Campbell County and got the charge expunged relatively pain free.
Rene Heinrich, Divorce and separation Attorney
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Tim is a well respected lawyer in our community. He and I have had the opportunity to work both on the same side of a few matters, as well as on opposing sides. He is honest, hard working, and advocates like heck for his clients. Tim is known for doing family law work and criminal law. He knows the players, is well respected by them, and all in all is a great lawyer.