When I first started looking for a lawyer to represent me, I ran across Michael Petro and quickly called him to inquire information. I agreed to have him represent me, not knowing I'll regret it later. Horrible representation. When I read his reviews online, they were all positive. However, I did not see any of the positive things that were said about him in person. When I observed his authority in the courtroom, I soon realized he did NOT have any. He was completely stepped all over and I knew I made a mistake. $1350 down the drain. Not much progress has been made. On top of it all, I was accused for being on drugs by him? Felt taken advantage of and disrespected. Never will I put my trust in someone who ends up being a complete wack lawyer.
Response from Michael Petro August 27, 2014
I will start by stating that I value my clients and their confidentiality. So without compromising yours, I will only state that your lifestyle of drug use and prostitution is the cause of all your disappointment. At all times as your lawyer, I worked hard to alleviate the mess that you had created for yourself.
I will start by stating that by the time you hired me, the Department of Homeland Security had placed an ankle bracelet on your leg to monitor your whereabouts. The first difficulty in representing your case was that the outcome of your case could lead to your removal from the United States.
The second difficulty in your case was that at the time you retained me, a warrant had already been lodged against you in Cook County for missing court. At the first court date as your lawyer, the Judge refused to reduce your bond because of your criminal background, and your failure to notify the court of your whereabouts.
To keep you from being placed in the Cook County Jail, I tracked down your business associate to get money for your bond. I then spent my time posting his money for your bond because your business associate refused to go in the court house. Because of the complications caused by the ankle bracelet, I waited for you to be released from the court house lock up. I was also kind enough to provide you with transportation to your hotel.
At the second court hearing, you appeared two hours late for your trial. Because you were so late, the police officer witnesses were released by the Judge. In order to insure that another warrant was not placed for your arrest, I waited until you arrived at court. When you arrived, your behavior was erratic including crying at one moment to laughing the next. You were also extremely paranoid. Based on my experience, I concluded that you were severely under the influence of drugs.
Despite these limitations, I worked hard to first get the prosecutor to drop the charges. I also had an issues conference with the Judge and the prosecutor to try an get a resolution to your charges that would not get you deported. Because of your criminal background and the serious nature of the charges, no resolution was able to be reached. A new trial date was set.
After court, your erratic behavior continued. The new court date caused you lose your temper. In the end, your foul behavior caused me to terminate our attorney client relationship.
To conclude, at all times, I represented you with competency and integrity. I am sorry your that your life of drug use and prostitution have caused you to lose your children, face criminal charges and also face being deported from the United States. But to deal with your problems by creating lies about me is a new low.
For 26 years, I have worked hard to acquire a reputation for skill, persistence and integrity. I stand by my representation in your case.