Exceptionally pleased with Mr. Chase's representation
I initially interviewed 4 Tucson attorneys before making my decision on hiring an attorney to represent me. I needed a defense attorney after being charged with 9 felonies by a grand jury indictment. A few charges were possession of marijuana (12+lbs), marijuana manufacturing & distribution, intent to distribute, 2 weapons charges and child abuse. I immediately made a few phone calls and jumped on AVVO. I was referred to Mr. Chase by a friend who had hired Mr. Chase in a marijuana DUI case.
After I met with the 4 lawyers I had decided to interview and consult with, I went home and wrote out a pros and cons list of each one. I then took a few minutes to analyze what my gut was telling me. In both analyzations, Mr. Chase came out on top.
In the interview he was both thorough and detailed in expressing my options. He explained what his approach would be. He took detailed notes as we talked. He listened to what I was saying and of what I was asking. He answered all of my questions with solid and knowledgeable answers off the top of his brain. I asked all 4 attorneys the same questions. Mr. Chase knew the answers, without having to pause to look it up, which isn't true of the other 3 lawyers.
Mr. Chase was exceptionally timely in all correspondence and communication. He did all of the communicating himself, not somebody else. There was not one unexpected hiccup along the way. Mr. Chase utilized all the resources available to him on my behalf, such as using the courts finances (saving me a substantial chunk of money) to hire an independent investigator (a neutral party and certified by the courts) to conduct several action items that were pertinent to the outcome of the case.
He had an extreme knowledge of the inner workings of the court house and a VERY IMPORTANT DETAIL: He had solid relationships with the Judge and his staff inc. Interns & the Judges Clerk. This proved to be most beneficial about halfway through my case. As far as dealing with the prosecutor, Mr. Chase was keenly astute as to timing of certain issues and when to address those issues.
Mr. Chase always kept me apprised as details and information trickled in. He communicated in terms I could comprehend, not in lawyer-speak. He always gave me a reason as to why he was doing what he was doing and explained the benefit to me. He was very au courant and anticipatory of the next steps to make, quite frequently he was 2 or 3 steps ahead of where we were in negotiations. He was always well prepared and supraliminal of the process and resources that were available. My case took 10 months with about a dozen court appearances before wrapping up.
The bottom line is that I did do a lot of what I was being charged with. It took me a while to accept that fact and come out from under the denial rock. But at the end of the day, the 9 felonies I was charged with (comprised of class 2, class 3, class 4 & class 6 felony charges) had a 3.5 year up to 7 year potential for jail time on most of the charges. To complicate things, I had a prior felony conviction dated 19 years earlier that came in to play that Mr. Chase had to overcome. I ended up pleading guilty to 2 charges (a class 4 &class 6). Mr. Chase got the other 7 dismissed. The 12+lbs he got reduced to <2lbs. Of the 2 charges I pled guilty to, given my history of a prior felony conviction, the Judge sentenced me to 2 years probation and community service work. In addition, I am a Medical Marijuana cardholder and was allowed to retain those privileges throughout my probationary time despite these pot charges.
Mr. Chase went above and beyond my expectations. He was diligent in all aspects of my case. He never once made me feel like a criminal. He saw past that and treated me with respect.
I highly recommend Mr. Chase no matter what type of case you may have. You would be doing yourself an injustice if you were not to include Mr. Chase in your initial interviewing process.