If you have never faced the possability of going to prison or jail, you can't imagine how scary it can be. Your very future, not just the time you could spend incarcerated is on the line. If convicted, and if you are unable to have your criminal record sealed, you will carry the stigma for the rest of your life.
You need two very important qualities in the person you select to represent you. Most importantly, the experience that he or she brings to the representation is the most important attribute you should require.
In America the most impressive honor is to be selected for induction into the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. The by-invitation only organization, is comprised of some two hundred of the most highly regarded Criminal Defense Lawyers available in the country.
Mr, Summers was inducted into the prestigious American Board in 1987. He has over 500 jury trials completed in his over 41 year career.
Additionally, he has argued before the United States Supreme Court and numerous United States Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. He was given the most highly regarded award for Criminal defense Lawyers, The National Association of Criminal Defnse Lawyers, Robert C. Heeney Award in 1982.
Second only to experience is the quality of HONESTY. If you are looking for assurances of anything other than an honest attempt to represent you to the best of their ability from a Lawyer, you are heading for serious trouble. There can never be ANY "guarantees". Whatever you do, please don't be fooled by anyone promising anything but HONESTY, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCE. So very much depends upon it.
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|KY||Authorized to practice law||1988||01/26/2017|
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|A.V.V.O.||10.0 "Highest Rating||2008|
|Robert C. Heeney||National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||1982|
|Practicing Attorneys in America, 1973-Present||Whoâ€™s Who||1973|
|Owner||Summers & Sigman Co. L.P.A.||1969 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Ohio State Bar, Vice-Chair Criminal Jury Instruction||Co-chair||2001 - Present|
|Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Board Member||1988 - Present|
|American Board of Criminal Lawyers||Fellow||1987 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1969 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association, Councel of Delegates||Member||1969 - Present|
|GREER-BURGER V. TEMESI||Reversed Our Way|
|cleveland Plumber's Union, Local. 55 Plaintiff-appellant, v. Trg, Inc., D/b/a Duisik Plumbing & Heating||Reversed Our Way|
|LOCAL NUMBER 93, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS, ETC. V. CLEVELAND||Affirmed|
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|American Bar "The State of Criminal Justice"||The National Academy of Sciences Report||2011|
|The State of Criminal Justice||Defense Function and Services||2010|
|Matthew Bender, Criminal Defense Techniques||Opening Statements||1989|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1969|
|University of Miami School of Law||Law||N/A||1968|
|Kent State University||Political Science||Bachelor of Arts||1965|
|Annual Meeting||Lessons learned in the mega-High profile cases||1990|
|Annual Meeting||Capital Voir Dire||1988|
|Annual Meeting and Seminar||Capital Trial Defense||1984|
|Annual Meeting||Search, Seizure and the olifactory senses||1984|