Posted by Reese
I had a strange case and George handled it very, very well. On September 16, 2001 I was driving between my old apartment and my new one and was subsequently pulled over, supposedly for speeding (which was dropped). It was a case of profiling because of the anti-authoritarian stickers on my vehicle. An officer asked to search my car and I agreed to it. During the search he found old bottles of my psychiatric medications (Xanax, Effexor, Paxil, and Valium). As Xanax and Valium are controlled substances and the bottles were more than thirty days old (one was more than six months old), the officer had me arrested for two counts each of felony possession, intent to distribute, trafficking, and manufacturing. The officer was counting all of the pills in each of the bottles as one sum in order to try and get it to stick. George argued with the District Attorney that this was all very absurd, for one. We went several rounds with the D. A.'s office and the State Prosecutor and eventually all that simply could not be argued out of was a Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Dangerous Drugs charge because the Valium was well over six months old. State law says that one cannot possess medically controlled substances for more than thirty days and if you do and get caught with them, it's a misdemeanor. We argued the sentencing down to where I only served probation (no community service, no classes, no probation fees, nothing) and then had the charge expunged off my record six months after probation was completed.
I've also worked with George on business matters and with some other minor legal issues (traffic tickets, et cetra) and he's always been amazing to work with.