Posted by Richard
I was arrested for domestic violence, resisting arrest and battery on an officer. I cannot tell you how ridiculous this was. My wife went crazy because she thought I was spying on her. She threw a cabbage at me, and hit me on the back. I picked up up, threw it back at her, and hit her arm. She called the police. They came, and since I asked them questions about why they were taking me instead of either; 1) letting it go, or; 2) taking both of us cabbage throwing idiots away, they charged me with resisting or "delaying" an officer. I tripped when they hauled me out, and added a battery case on top of it because when I fell, I kicked on of the cops in the leg.
I'm a medical professional. This was ridiculous. What is even more ridiculous, is that when the city prosecutors got it, they didn't throw it out. They went along with the police.
My wife got contacted by a victim's advocate who harassed her because she did not want me prosecuted. They called her a battered woman who needed help. Remember, we were throwing a cabbage at each other. The city domestic violence advocate wouldn't let up. What a nut.
Ms. Prevost had a polygraph done on both of us by the former police department chief polygraph examiner. It confirmed out positions on this case: that we had each thrown a cabbage at each other. It didn't impact the city prosecutors.
Ms. Prevost did a police misconduct motion on the officers at the scene who falsely charged me with resisting/delaying and battery. it wasn't their first foray into lying on police reports, we learned.
Ultimately, the case was dismissed. But it cost me a lot of money, and 8 long months of agony. The city prosecutor was a complete numbskull.
I now have no faith in the legal system. But I do have faith in Mary Prevost. What caused me to hire her in the first place was not so much the AVVO client reviews, but the reviews from attorneys all over the country who apparently know her and know her work, and are comfortable providing glowing reviews. If other lawyers would use her, than I decided so would I. I did the right thing. She worked long and hard to get me out of this ridiculous mess.
Posted by Jose
I hired Mary to represent me in a felony DUI with a prior conviction two years ago. This case also included a bodily injury allegation. I thought the case was a slam dunk. They had me at the scene, they had my blood and they had accident cops there. Mary worked some hocus pocus and blew the validity of the blood test out of the water. They still might have got me for the DUI without it, but because of Mary, my case was reduced to a misdemeanor with fines and a program.
Posted by anonymous
Mary came referred to me from a friend who had needed her services about 4 years ago, and who was satisfied with the result. Having no knowledge whatsoever of the criminal justice system, I decided it was best to go with a known quantity.
First, she is quick and to the points. She does not suffer long winded emotional diatribes. I know, she let me know immediately that it was her job to save me from myself, not babysit me or counsel me. Fine, no problem.
Second, she seems to know everyone in the courthouse. She seemed to have a good relationship with court staff, bailiffs, even the judge. That made me feel good.
Third, she did a superior job of negotiating my case. We had to continue the felony readiness because the prosecutor's discovery came late, and was quite lengthy. No problem. But before we went back to court, she went to the "special DA' assigned to my case, pointed out to him issues where his case was deficient, and also pleaded my personal case to him.
All in all, the result we obtained in the negotiated plea bargain was excellent. I am glad that my friend referred me to Mary. She is tough as nails, knows the courtrooms like the back of her hand, and is a real force. She didn't always call me back as quickly as I would have liked. But I guess when you hire a sought after attorney with a great reputation, you can't expect instant gratification. Given her ability to secure a deal for me that I didn't think I could get, I'll take a little less instant gratification.
I would recommend her to anyone. She re ally is a fine lawyer.
Posted by Tony
I'll keep it short and sweet. The reason I titled this "Magic Mary" is because when the cops accuse you of resisting arrest and assaulting them - making them the victims of abuse instead of making you the victim of their abuse, you pretty much need magic, a miracle, or a video to defend yourself. I didn't have a video.
Mary took the lying cops to task. She destroyed their credibility. I saw magic. One of the three cops actually stuttered and then shut up.
Now that I'm free of this bull, I might just sue the lying cops. Mary was my magic. She freakin' rocks. I've never seen someone pin a cop back like that before. Magic.
Posted by Jerry
What can I say? I was charged with DUI with injury. I spoke to a number of lawyers. Funny how some young lawyers with less experience will try to sell you and charge larger fees like the more experienced lawyers. Interesting how some of the more experienced lawyers charge more fair fees. Anyway, I went with Mary because of her credentials AND she didn't try to railroad me into hiring her on the spot, like everyone else did. Boy, did I make the right choice. At the end of the day, there was a light at the end of that bleak tunnel. She got me a wet reckless, when I was charged with a DUI with injury. It was hard to keep the faith during the eight months this case took to resolve. But it was worth it.
Posted by Barry
I've worked with a number of lawyers over the past 30 years I've been in business. But none of them had the killer instinct I saw in Mary. The cops who took the stand in my trial had no chance. Mary Frances honed in on each and every lie and picked them apart, painfully, until they just crashed. She didn't even have a notepad in her hand when she stood up for cross examination. She just got up and went at them. She eviscerated one cop slowly, letting him hang himself on his own lies. The second cop got hit like a cannonball with questions so fast that he didn't have time enough to formulate his lies before Mary Frances was all over him. I felt like I was in a movie. At the end of the day....case dismissed.
Posted by anonymous
I THOUGHT IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ME. I SEE ALL THOSE SHOWS ON TV, AND ALL THOSE VIRAL VIDEOS, SHOWING COPS BEATING UP PEOPLE FOR NOTHING. AND, YES, IT ALWAYS HAPPENED TO SOMEONE ELSE. BUT THEN IT HAPPENED TO ME.
I GOT CHARGE WITH RESISTING AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER. HE CLAIMED HIS THUMB WAS BRUISED BY ME AFTER HE STARTED TASERING ME AFTER HE PUT ME IN HANDCUFFS. AND TO COVER HIS FALSE ARREST, HE CLAIMED HE WAS INJURED AND TOOK ME TO JAIL.
MARY FRANCES PULLED OUT ALL STOPS. HER INVESTIGATOR DID A DEEP BACKGROUND ON THE COP. SHE FILED MOTIONS AND GOT HIS PERSONNEL FILE. SHE FOUND HIS EX-WIFE (BOY, WAS THAT A GOLD MINE). IN SHORT, SHE COMPLETELY BLEW THIS GUY OFF THE WITNESS STAND DURING A MOTION. I GOT A FEELING THE COURT BAILIFF WANTED TO CUFF THAT LYING COP RIGHT THERE WHEN HE WALKED AWAY FROM THE WITNESS STAND.
MARY FRANCES DID EVERYTHING SHE SAID SHE WOULD, AND SHE WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY. YOU WANT SOMEONE WHO CAN PLAY CHICKEN WITH THE PROSECUTION AND WIN? IT'S MARY FRANCES.
Posted by Anthony
What can I say about someone who I trusted with my life and who gave it back to me free and clear?
I was charged with serious felonies. Cops lied. But how do you defend yourself when there are three cops against you?
Mary Frances filed a police misconduct motion and got into the cops personnel files. Bingo. One of the cops had a really bad history, and Mary Frances found it. From there, she put her investigator on it, and he dug up much, much more.
At the end of the day, the cops credibility was pretty much shot, and my story was looking a whole lot more like the truth than before Mary Frances got her mitts on the cops bad history.
She really kicked ass.
Posted by Andrew
Hands down the absolute most negative and worst experience I have ever had with with an attorney_or any person for that matter. I was entitled to a quantum merit refund after firing Mary Frances Prevost because of a lack of services and communication and it took me almost a year to recover only a fraction of my funds owed to me. My retainment cost was $4,600, but the DA never filled (no case from the beginning). Mary never had to lift a finger. She also lost my DMV hearing (or never showed up), so I lost my license and my job ultimately. I have requested my file, retainment agreement and a list of services (invoice) provided with no luck. Mary Prevost will not answer any phone calls or reply to any letters, emails or text messages (unless you count the combative email she sent me calling me a drunk and slandering my name after firing her). All Mary provided was stress to an already stressful situation. Her attitude was very unprofessional. I had to complain to the state bar to get a response out of her. Stay clear away!
Posted by Roman
I was charged with three counts of unlawful sex with a minor. I hired Mary Frances because my sister did the research and all arrows pointed towards her because of that high media case where she defended the coach accused of the same thing and got his case dismissed at trial. She came onto the case and it was obvious that from the beginning, she meant buisness. After seven long months of sweating it out, Mary Frances got the charges reduced to a misdemeanor with no jail time and no sex registration. I can even get it expunged down the road. I don';t know what I would have done if I didn't have Mary Frances on my side.