I hired Christopher McCann in April of 2016 based on evidence of his knowledge, skills, experience, and proven results after doing a great deal of research. He receives excellent reviews from former and current clients. He is respected by colleagues, including other attorneys and judges. He is a member of several professional organizations, working hard to stay current with changes to federal and state laws, including DUI laws. My experience with him and the results that he obtained for me exceeded my expectations. Because I did everything that we agreed upon to fulfill the requirements for alternative sentencing, he was able to resolve a second DUI case for me with the outcome being that I will pay approximately $220.00 in court costs. That is it.
I am in a career where my reputation is judged along with my skills. Upon receiving a 2nd DUI, I had a great deal to lose if my case was not handled well. At the same time, I am not in profession where wealth is the number one reward for a job well done. So, the cost for hiring a good attorney was a factor in deciding who to hire. I knew that defense for a second DUI was not going to be inexpensive, but I was not prepared for what some of the attorneys I spoke with wanted to charge me. In searching for a respected, proven attorney with experience handling second DUIs (or multiple DUIs) many of them quoted me fees ranging between $5500 to $9000 for the privilege of hiring them and that was only if the case did not go to trial. In several cases, the egos seemed as big as the fees I was being asked to pay…and I decided that was simply to be expected.
I first met to hire someone for a fee that would mean borrowing money. I arrived at the initial appointment to find my attorney not there and met a person without the same experience who was apparently going to handle my case. I politely declined to hire their services. I am so thankful for that event because it sent me to Chris McCann’s door.
There I met an attorney who is also a person. He is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable without being arrogant about it. He is passionate about the law. Yet, also a caring man who works hard to get the best outcome for his clients. He charged me one flat fee to handle the DUI case and the DMV hearing. Other attorneys charged separately if they were asked to be involved with the DMV hearing. Many of them also did not charge a flat fee, meaning that what one could end up paying a somewhat unpredictable amount in the end.
As I said to Mr. McCann, he wins his cases, so if he is going to operate like others in his field…he really needs to start charging more. I very much doubt he will listen to me. He will charge what he believes is fair based on the details of each particular case and what work is needed for that case.
I have recommended Christopher J. McCann to everyone I know and will continue to do so. I consider him to be an exceptional attorney and an exceptional person, who violates all of those negative stereotypes about what lawyers are like. : )
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