I hired April Campbell as my defense attorney based on a referral to appeal an OVI conviction in Fairfield County. Nine mos later, the lower courts decision was affirmed by Ohio Appeals Court - District 5. (I lost my appeal)Accordingly I can attest to the following regarding April Campbell, Esq.
1. She is a competent defense attorney with experience in appeals court , OVI defense, experience as a former prosecutor, etc.
2. She is somewhat assertive / aggressive in her defense and does a decent job articulating oral arguments. However there is room for improvement in both of these areas.
3. She is not as responsive as an attorney who has been paid thousands of a dollars should be. 60-70% of the time, I had to email and/or text her 2 or more times, before I received a return call or email. This is coupled with a lack of empathy in that she has yet to return my call and provide a debrief of my case since it’s been finalized … a week ago.
4. As a former prosecutor with appeals experience, I don’t believe she was as forthright about my chances of reversing/winning the case.
As a former prosecutor she should have insight into the relationship between judges and prosecutors. As was revealed in my case,
all judges were literally on the same team with the prosecutor who didn’t address any of the material arguments made by Campbell.. Early on she stated, I had a strong case but she couldn’t guarantee a win. She should have stated, it will take a miracle to reverse or overturn this OVI decision but if it’s worth thousands of dollars to you, I’ll construct some arguments. In sum, I really feel like I’ve been taken for a very expensive ride financially, mentally and emotionally.