I was charged with an extremely serious crime (2nd degree felony) of which my memory of committing was extremely hazy, but seemed to be extremely out-of-character to myself and everyone who knew me. When I put the pieces together of what I had been charged with, the severity and duration of the punishment if convicted, and the amount of time it would take to work through the judicial system, I felt that the quality of life that I had previously enjoyed would be totally crushed.
I began to speak to a large number of attorneys around Houston and ultimately felt most comfortable trusting Nicole. Nicole had a rare combination of empathy and professionalism that helped moderate the stress and keep me from indulging the “worst-case” scenarios that kept playing in my head. Although very clear that the charges were serious and finding any sort of resolution would be a tall order, I began to work with Nicole’s office to assemble a grand jury package for a possible “no-bill”. Nicole also discussed the other possible outcomes and strategies in my case (pre-trial diversion, deferred adjudication, probation, etc.) and was extremely accessible any time I had questions and concerns. She was proactive in instructing me as to what materials would be best for my grand-jury packet while also stressing that the “no-bill” was only a possibility.
We went through several months of court appearances – all the while, I am walking on eggshells due to being out on bond. Several months after my arrest, I had a court date and left Houston that evening for business travel. Nicole advised that I would likely have my case brought before the grand jury within the upcoming weeks. When I returned about two weeks later, I expected to be informed that I had been indicted and that we would begin discussing plea bargains and probation terms. To my amazement, I discovered that the grand jury had returned a “no-bill” and that the case against me would be dismissed! Further, my arrest and all records related to the charges would be eligible for expungement.
I cannot begin to express the gratitude that I feel towards Nicole. It was through her skill and effort that we were able to achieve the best possible scenario in my case and I am not sure that any other attorney in Houston would have been able to achieve the same result. Nicole has truly saved my life, and I could not imagine a more professional or effective attorney.