5.0 stars 3 totalReview Christopher Van Wagner
Posted by Tou
Just got off the phone with Chris. I had a battery citation and Chris gave me free useful and honest advice because hiring a lawyer would have been more expensive then paying for the citation. He told me his price but gave me life changing advice on what I should do and what to expect and how my decisions now will affect my chances of becoming a pharmacist. After the phone call, I called the prosecutor and made a deal over the phone to amend my battery to a disorderly conduct if I complete one year hold open and provide proof of completing a alcohol assessment class. Moving forward, if I know anyone in trouble with DUI, sexual assault, or any case needing a attorney, I would recommend Chris.
Posted by Shawn
Over the last couple years, my family has needed a criminal defense attorney more than I’d care to admit. Fortunately, a friend told us about Chris Van Wagner. Thank god for that friend.
For me, college educated, a successful career and the mother of four, I never thought that at 41, I would find myself in the back of a squad car refusing a breathalyzer after just a few cocktails. Well, that is where i ended up. I was completely unprepared and had no clue how bad an idea it was to refuse a breath test. But, the moment I retained Chris, I was able to relax and retain my driver's license. I just let Chris work his "magic" behind the scenes. His retainer fee, though expensive, was well worth it!! I didn’t pay for a bunch of shuffling papers, needless phone calls, or effort that was pointless. That sort of lawyer "stuff" doesn’t get charges reduced or dropped. What I did pay for was magic, at least in my view. Chris somehow turned my OWI and my unwise decision to refuse a breath test into “Operation w/o Headlights On” & another similar moving violation, instead of an automatic, long license suspension and the embarrassing requirement of an alcohol interlock device (IID) in my car. Yes, I paid fines and yes I lost some points; BUT with Chris, I was able to avoid the OWI and, as a result, keep my job and my career. Heck, I would have paid triple those fines to avoid an OWI. But Chris managed to get it dropped. And this was even after he warned me ahead of time NOT to expect the OWI to be dismissed.
Then, Chris warned me not to get any more tickets, not even speeding tickets. So what did I do? Yep. Just six months later I got stopped for speeding (37 in a 25), which could have also cost me my license. And again, Chris worked wonders. He got it reduced to zero points and no CCAP record!!! So, I once again have a clear license.
Then my daughter’s fiancé got stopped for drunk driving. I called Chris right away. He did a FREE review of the case, and then said it would be a waste of money to hire him on the case. When have you EVER heard of an attorney so honest he refused to take your money, calling it a waste? Wow.
Finally, just this year, my young adult son was charged with “Sexual Assault of a Child” - right before he was supposed to leave for boot camp with the Marines! As I said, Chris isn’t cheap, but once again, he managed even more "magic" for my family. He somehow was able to get ALL charges dismissed without even an arrest or a court hearing. Instead, he quickly put together an amazing, creative proposal for the DA to drop the charges so long as my son followed a long list of restrictions AND served his entire enlistment AND get an honorable discharge four years from now. Chris literally saved my son's career, his freedom and his life.
Chris did all of this even though none of us ever had to set foot in a courtroom. All he told us to do was be patient and follow his advice. We all benefited immensely from Chris's work on our cases. In fact, the things Chris Van Wagner did for my family more than paid back the fees we paid him - at least tenfold, when we look at the money saved on insurance premiums, IID costs, lost wages, lost jobs, and loss of a promising military career, not to mention my son not having to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life - and did I mention the incredible stress and worry Chris spared us all with his amazingly successful efforts? Let me just say this. If you don’t hire Chris Van Wagner, you're just dumb. He really is a "Super Lawyer".
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Attorney Van Wagner represented me. The charge was sexual assault of a person under 18. Chris was great. I recommend him to anyone charged with a sex crime. He knows the law, the courts, how to handle the case, what to do, etc. He turned what could have been a ruin to my life into a good outcome.