Chaotic divorce involving false restraining orders, arrest, child custody, and more. Jim Fox untangled the whole mess.
When I first walked into Jim's office, I had been married for only a month, I was anticipating the arrival of my first child, and I had just been falsely accused of domestic violence. Even though I had just been "played", I was in denial at first. And deeply wounded. Because I was active duty military, I also had the unique challenge of having to answer to two justice systems. My wife at the the time had an endless amount of resources available to her, and had a whole community of people believing her story. YWCA gave her a free attorney, there were "victim" advocates on base calling my boss at work, she was even admitted into a domestic violence shelter to support the narrative of me being an abuser. Jim was one of the only people that believed me. Over the next year and a half, I was repeatedly targeted by false allegations. With limited space available, I'm going to try and list most of the things Jim was able to do for me.
- Jim was able to ensure my son was born in this state
- I was able to have my son's last name be changed to mine.
- Jim defeated two restraining orders filed against me. He greatly impeached the credibility of both my accuser, and in one of the cases the lawyer that was representing my accuser. He truly brought justice to both cases, and I was finally vindicated, and able to carry a judgement that proved my innocence.
- At a custody exchange, I was the victim of domestic violence while waiting at the curb to pick up my son. I called 911 for help, and the police officer was incompetent and unable to see that I was the victim, despite the physical evidence. I was arrested and taken to jail. Jim was able to convince the prosecutor not to charge me, and he was able to obtain a restraining order protecting me from further incident and ensuring that I could pick up my son safely.
-Jim helped me navigate through two fraudulent child abuse accusations, both of which were declared "unfounded" by CPS workers.
-I now have FULL PHYSICAL AND LEGAL CUSTODY of my son. He will be 2 years old in a couple of months.
The most memorable moment I have of this case is when I was sitting on the witness stand, being cross examined by my accuser's shark of an attorney. Having already factually lost the battle, she was glaring at me, asking unrelated questions, slinging mud, hoping to paint me as a bad guy. I looked to the right, and there was Jim. He gave me a nod of the head, and I was inspired with confidence. I was able to look this person in the eye, with my career, future, and fatherhood on the line, and concisely answer her questions. Throughout the questioning, half of her absurd questions were tossed out by the judge, because of Jim's objections and knowledge of the law.
We all learn about the justice system going through school. We are taught that it is a system of due process, and that it generally seeks and finds the truth. Anecdotally, however, I know I may have arrived at a much different fate if the attorney at my side was not Jim Fox.