Rick has restored my faith in the justice system by operating as an attorney guided by the principles of personal responsibility
Rick has restored my faith in the justice system by operating as an attorney guided by the principles of personal responsibility.
First let me say, that I wasn't seeking the assistance of an attorney in hopes of securing some type of false innocent plea to an offense I was aware I was guilty of...I had been down this road before. But, having operated within the court system at the mercy of public defenders, and flashy 'phonebook cowboys', I was beginning to think my chances were better going into court alone. That couldn't be farther from the truth, for MANY reasons...
I had the good fortune of being referred to Mr. Carlson through a work associate at the time of a previous violation, and from the initial consultation, I understood I was not dealing with a run-of-the-mill defense lawyer. First, his style of not coddling me or sugar-coating the role my previous history would play, in a straightforward manner, although eye-opening, was exactly what I needed to understand the severity of the situation I was facing. His ability to secure my release from jail on bond (which involve contacting a Judge in the middle of the night) on a weekend no less, came as a surprise not only to me, but the ENTIRE jail staff!
Next, his immediate familiarity for the breadth of the ins-and-outs of the statutes that I faced gave me confidence that when time came to finally enter court together, I would be represented by an advocate who would be prepared with the expertise on how to present my case in a way that highlighted my unique personal situation.
Mr. Carlson consistently demonstrated himself as an officer of the court who was recognized by both sides of the bench for his character, temperament, and inclination to see the value in seeking alternatives to his clients' spending time in jail or doing community service activities that did not allow the county, while still recognizing the underlying goal of 'rehabilitative punishment', to capitalize on the true skills these people were already bringing to the table within their communities, and finding ways for them to serve in those capacities.
In the 10 years, I've known Mr. Carlson, he has consistently conducted himself with the utmost professionalism, flexibility, and creativeness, while treating me with respect, offering me great wisdom, and displaying genuine care and concern for the well-being of my children during AND after the process, and a sincere personal commitment to success going forward.
I would not hesitate in the least to utilize his expert services again, or recommend them to friends, family, or anyone who needs an attorney who has distinguished himself within the Twin Cities Law and Courts System as someone, that Judges and prosecutors will stop and take a moment for, out of respect for his knowledge and objectivity.
Thank you, Rick, for all you do!