It would be easy to argue why I should not be here and able to write this review, but I am beyond fortunate that this is not the case. I am a good person who made an extremely poor and selfish decision (one more time). Everyone makes mistakes, right? But does everyone keep making the same mistake? Well, I did. It would have been easy for everyone to kick me to the side and write me off. Needless to say, I am familiar with defense attorneys, but none I had used measure up to Mr Todd Shapiro. I am writing this with the bulk of my troubles behind me and just probation left of my plate. I could easily be sitting in prison right now. When I initially met Mr Shapiro, I immediately felt something was different this time. He treated me differently. I genuinely felt and still feel like he cared/cares. He was stern though and I probably needed this more than anything. My family and friends had already tried. It was a very disciplined yet human approach as to what I needed to do and the urgency in which to get it done. Mr Shapiro came to me by high recommendation, so I followed his rather simple advice. Needless to say, I was scared beyond belief. I felt for sure that I was going to be removed from my son for a very long time. Mr Shapiro was always there to answer all of my questions and he did so in a very timely manner, which I had never experienced before from an attorney. I was very lucky to have straightened out the majority of my personal issues before it was time to see the Judge. I was prepared for the worst, yet hoping for the best, but no matter what the outcome was to be, I was in the best place mentally that I could to cope with it. I ended up with a little time of being incarcerated, but it could have easily been much worse. By following Mr Shapiro's advice we were able to present to this to the Judge, and Mr Shapiro was able to convey the changes that had occured in me and my life. I sit here today as a mostly free man with only simple probation left to complete. Yesterday, I went with my father to watch my son play tennis. There is no way to express how much this means to me. This was not all handed to me. I had to work for it, but the steps to take were not complex. I am approaching 2 years of sobriety, and after a 34-year drinking career, it almost seems unfathomable. Life is good. I will get to see my son graduate. I get to help others. I get to share this with you. I have been afforded this by being given one more chance, and have my family, friends, and attorney to thank for this, as they have been there for me.
Thank you for taking time to read this, and one more Thank You to Mr Shapiro.