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I relocated from New Orleans, LA to San Diego, CA and went to a local tavern to have a few beers, except that the low IQ bartender misdiagnosed and asserted her minute level of authority in grandly overstating my blood alcohol content. Literally, annoyed, I proceed towards the door to walk out of the tavern. As I go to push the bar door open, mind you, this is an old antique looking door, the bar door closer device on top becomes unhooked, so as the door swings open and I go to grab it, right before it hits the wall, the glass, (non-compliant to CA penal code) shatters all over my right hand and blood is everywhere. All over the ground. Cuts deep on my thumb, fingers, and top of right hand. I close the door and proceed to take 4 steps away from the initial shock of what just occurred only to have several members of the bar staff shouting obscenities, vulgarities, and threatening me in a non-professional manner. Fearful from their threats and for my own hand injury, and safety, I decide it is best to start running. I run thinking 1 block away would be good, only to find 2 members of the bar staff chasing me on foot. Eventually, almost 1 mile away, the police arrive and charge me with aggravated vandalism with 'intent' to damage the bar property, which over a certain monetary value, qualifies for a felony charge. They then proceed to take me to a nearby clinic where I get in an ambulance and am transported to University Medical Center. After 5 stitches, several hours later I go home. I proceed to look for a defense attorney for hire and found Jay online. At first glance of his picture's demeanor, my intuition told me he was more or less a straight shooter. We then agreed to meet in person for the first time to discuss the incident and compensatory fees for his services. Knowing now what I didn't know then, the professionalism, high personalized level of communication, walking a client through the steps, options throughout certain points of the case and due process, I certainly feel the value was there from a cost-effective standpoint and also the genuineness of not only his words, but his actions as well. Simply put: there is no substitute for quality. Anyways, Jay and I devised a plan well before the court date, to attend AA meetings regularly, take an anger management class, and do some community service, which I ended up doing at a lifeguard station and the San Diego Food Bank. My initiative and sincerity in the process, in terms of believing my innocence coupled with Jay's proactive plan understanding that this was a random incident that could've happened to literally anyone, in the end paid off. Turns out the bartender ended up being the bar owner's wife and because the bar owner felt I had disrespected his wife, although I felt the precise opposite, he wanted me to be charged and went out of his way to make this happen. After he responded through email to not only my attorney Jay, but to the city, as well, his 'True Colors' were revealed. In the end, after all was said and done, Jay got the initial felony charge, reduced to a misdemeanor, then reduced to an infraction, the equivalent of a traffic ticket. I paid a fine and the equivalent of restitution to the city. After the winding journey over the past 7 months, I am honestly thankful and very satisfied with the final outcome and I feel as though I have made a friend out of the entire process. Thank You Jay!