Recently, I had the traumatic experience of being pulled over and charged with a DUI. I knew I had had one drink several hours earlier, but truly felt any affects were completely gone. After enduring the rudeness of the accruing officer, several hours in a holding cell, my license being temporally suspended and the real possibility of losing my job and future career in the educational field, I was scared, frustrated and didn’t know what to do. A friend recommended Barry Simons Law Firm in Laguna Beach.
From the moment I walked through the door, they seemed to understand exactly how I felt and what I had been through. The receptionist gave me a warm welcome EVERY TIME and made me feel comfortable. Peter Iocona allowed me plenty of time to recount everything that had happened, he asked many questions, and reassured me. He did an amazing job researching and getting my case ready to present in court. Everyone in the office worked so well together for my best interest. In the end, the judge was able to understand that a ‘wet and reckless’ charge was more reasonable then the DUI charge.
During this time, while on a temporary driver’s license, another officer pulled me over for crossing a solid line to an off-ramp. The moment she saw the temporary license I had just received from the DMV, she began treating me like a criminal, accusing me of driving on a suspended license, would not allow me to drive my car and threatened me with jail and a $500 fine. All of this, as it turned out, because I had not signed the temporary license when I received it in the mail. As soon as I could, I called my lawyers and explained the incident. They were appalled at the attitude and assumptions of the police officer. They immediately filed arguments with the court and were able to get these charges completely dropped.
I cannot say enough about the professionalism, compassion and dedication of Peter Iocona and the whole staff at Barry Simons Law Firm. They basically gave me back my future.