In this 1st paragraph I want to summarize Schoen's level of excellence without making you read everything below. He is professional, confident, and thorough. . .but most of all he is personally vested in ensuring that his clients become better people. He takes the time to explain things to his clients because he has the heart of a teacher. If there were one word to describe him--I'd say it was "integrity." If I get two words--I'd describe what he offers as "exceptional value." In fact, I do not think our money could have been better spent. Schoen -- My family and I really can't thank you enough.
After I was charged with a DUI I spent a good deal shopping around for many lawyers by word of mouth, on the web, and even this site. I considered very well known expensive options and also others who were rated a 10 on this site, and it was very tempting to go with them. My situation was also extra delicate since I had a significant conviction in my past--that I knew would be used in any way against me during the case.
After about 3-4 weeks, I decided to hire Schoen (after much prayer and consulting with my family) to take my case since he had experience with Felony DUIs, he was calm, clear, and professional, and he genuinely cared about who I was. I wasn't just a job to him (which I have experienced with other attorneys before). Now that my case is over, I can't imagine walking through this process with anyone else.
Many of the first meetings were to help us understand what we (my family and I) were up against. He listened and acknowledged how we felt. No punches were pulled. My wife and I are also armchair researchers -- and he was amazingly patient with us while we asked him many questions about the specifics. He followed up on everything he didn't immediately know the answers to. He also helped me to do everything I needed to in order to minimize the damage.
He always set expectations well for me on what the next steps were, and followed up just before each of the court appearances to ensure we were ready (charging, discovery hearing, continuances, readiness, trial, and sentencing). He responded very quickly by phone, email, or texts. Usually he was able to get our case moved through quickly with the prosecution/judge so we didn't have to wait.
During the build up, he was extraordinarily thorough. . .able to get the toxicology evidence suppressed. Also, he was able to get testimony from the arresting officer to bring into question damaging statements I had made against myself. He always came to the table with strategic suggestions, but was clear that I had to make key decisions that I was comfortable with. In fact, when the initial felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor -- he refunded half of our original retainer-THAT'S INTEGRITY!
Since we received no reasonable offer from the prosecution, we took this case to trial. Stating this as objectively as I can -- I felt we had a superior defense. There was little to no hard evidence admitted in the case that indicated I was guilty, other than the officer's testimony of my field sobriety test. Again, he was calm, collected, and thorough. My only complaint would be that maybe a couple of the arguments (examples) weren't as clear as they could be considering the ability of the jury to understand. However, a more polished argument wouldn't have helped. My sense is that the jury would have convicted no matter what.
At sentencing, the prosecutor recommended 180-days due to my past conviction. Schoen ensured that he understood the elaborate specifics of my prior conviction, and had several folks testify on my behalf. Additionally, he prepared key information from my prior case to help temper the exaggerated character that was being described by the prosecutor. We won this hearing with only a month in Home Monitoring so I could continue to support my family without interruption.
You won't be disappointed with Schoen.