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Posted by Paul
Robert was hired and paid to defend me against charges easily winnable with a jury trial. He suggested pleading "no contest", in other words, plead guilty when I wasn't. My concern was I had moved out of the county and wanted to get the case closed ASAP. Robert advised he had set up a deal where if I plead no contest I would receive 1 years light probation, report every few months. The day of sentencing, he reiterated that a deal was set, plead no contest and get probation when a jury trial would have absolved me completely.
He also said I was supposed to deny before the court that a deal had been promised,which was what the judge did ask. I almost told the truth about what Robert Hanwell promised, I wanted to. But I had known the Hanwell family for a long time and against better judgement, trusted him.
Imagine my surprise when sentence is read and the judge gives me 90 days in county jail and 1 year intense supervised probation. The plaintiffs had deeper pockets than I did,as I found out later, and Robert Hanwell lied to me for money.
Robert Hanwell never saw me again,never explained why he screwed me over. He didn't have to. I did learn a lesson or 2...., do not ever plead guilty to something you did not do, and if you do,get it from the prosecutor and in writing.
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