If you are innocent of a crime and know it, then Sam Ea is NOT the attorney for you. Eastman is a member of the majority of Defense Attorneys that make their living helping the criminal prosecutors get convections the easy way. Like Sam Eastman, these pseudo defense lawyers started their careers working as public defenders. They, the courts, and prosecutors understand their role is not to get the accused a fair trial but to circumvent trails and put convictions in the win column of police, sheriffs, courts, and prosecutors. Eastman did that to me. Not a fair trial or pretense of a defense of my innocence. He worked with the prosecutors to get me to accept a plea bargain volunteering to being found guilty while innocent in exchange for a softer punishment for crimes NOT committed. I was Innocent and knew it.
Eastman, the no-defense attorney, got me to pay him a big retainer in cash, ($1000). By assuring me of his expert and caring defense. He then planted his Hook by agreeing to let me make monthly $200 payments on his fee of $2500. The payment agreement was a tool for him to Hook me with for a future landing, forcing me to agree to his deal with the prosecutor last-minute. I am 77 years old and retired from teaching. I never in my life and career as a public-school teacher have experienced being charged with a crime much less had any experience with the local court system.
Consequently, I had no idea how I was set up to become an innocent but convicted criminal by the verbal sleight of Eastman's hand. My charge misdemeanor disorderly conduct was based on a made-up story of a deputy seeking promotion.
After calling available local attorneys, I picked Eastman out of the lawyer listing as his 'ad' indicated he would serve nearby counties. After my initial phone interview with him, I sent him the retainer of $1000 cash and agreed to pay $200 monthly for $1600. I sent Eastman my write-up of precisely what had happened as well as paper copies of the deputy's false statement and including the false statement by two witnesses. I spent a couple of days numbering the sentences on these three statements and writing a line by line rebuttal of all three of them. I further sent Eastman a copy of my Veterans clinic hearing test certifying my 95 % service-connected hearing loss. Also, explaining my not being provided the US Americans With Disabilities Act mandated accommodations to be delivered to hearing disable persons. None of these were looked at by Eastman. He ignored my instructions to plead 'not guilty,' ask for a jury trial. And issue summonses as adverse witnesses the deputy and three other witnesses. He ignored over twenty emails, and phone calls to him at his office, requesting a conference to discuss his strategy for my defense. He was working for the prosecution rather than his client by assumed me guilty. He waited until the last minute before the hearing to inform me of the excellent plea deal he had negotiated with the prosecutor. I was to plead guilty and would receive three months' probation and agree to get anger management counseling at the VA clinic. The 'Hook' was, Eastman said, "although he could not legally give me credit for the remaining $1400 balance, but he would dissolve that payment agreement, mark it paid in exchange for my' cooperation'. The afternoon before court I ask him to name the people called as witnesses. None of the people I had asked him to summon were. These were deputy author of the falsified charging statement, and a couple of his subordinates used to collaborate his false testimony. I light of this and his Hook, I felt I had no choice.
It was pointless for me to pay him more.
Response from Samuel Eastman December 7, 2020
Without rebutting all of the mischaracterizations alleged, I believe the results of your case will speak for themselves. There was never a conviction. There was never even a guilty plea entered. You were never on probation. Rather, with your agreement, I was able to persuade the prosecutor and the court to take your case under advisement, without a plea of any kind, and without probation, and then ultimately dismissed it without there having been a conviction or probation or fine or costs. You did not have to pay the court anything. You never had to report to a probation officer. You were satisfied with that result at the time. I did not propose dissolving the remaining fee in any attempt to persuade you to take a deal. Rather, it was done at your request to help you with your financial situation. You are now misremembering, and therefore mischaracterizing, the representation that you received. I am sorry that you cannot see the successful disposition of your case. I do sincerely wish you well.