Yes it was a great outcome, and impressive performance from Patrick and team. I’m sure to recommend their services if anyone I know is to find themselves in a spot of bother.
Patrick and his team offered a calm and confident approach to our case from the moment I engaged their services. Their absolute attention to even the most insignificant detail ensured that my case got the best outcome possible. I am 150% certain that no other barrister could have delivered such an impressive result, thus I couldn’t recommend the services of Patrick Winkler more highly.
Over the course of the case my son, E. and I would meet at the downtown courthouse periodically to make a court appearance, and each time the case would be deferred. We did wonder at times how it was all going to pan out, and did this guy Patrick really know what he was doing? There were other lawyers who took parts of the case on at times and although we didn’t really understand everything that was going on, I did have a sense that I was dealing with competent people.
Dealing with a young man of 19 who is facing the overwhelming possible consequences of his own foolishness is no easy task. Although he was aware of how much he had messed up, E. was not always capable of providing the cooperation necessary to help himself. E. was at times his own worst enemy and frustrated all of the adults trying to help get him out of the charges laid against him. Active Legal maintained a positive professional relationship with him even when he became estranged from his own family.
This was a tough case given the over anxious climate around firearms and explosives in society today. Active Legal, and Patrick Winkler personally, made a commitment to E. to have the charges discharged completely, with no compromise or some other arrangement. Anything else given E.’s personal situation would have had drastic effects on his life. For all those many many months Patrick and company worked on getting the result needed, and no effort was spared. We paid a fee up front that seemed huge at the time. But as time wore on, we definitely felt it was worth it and they more than earned their fee.
It was not just that Patrick and associates put together a comprehensive final document that made the judge declare that the credit for his decision to drop the charges against E. was due solely to the excellence of the case presented by our lawyer, but that such an outstanding job was done preparing the case. In this case, Patrick did not take anything for granted and summoned all his skills on E.’s behalf.
In the final summation, Active Legal delivered the result they said they would, at the agreed fee, regardless of complications. They saved a foolish but well-meaning young man from having the entire course of his life changed for the worse, and having to pay for the rest of his life for a silly prank. This is a firm that I would consult again if the need arose, because I have confidence in their competence, knowledge and integrity. My son owes his current happy and productive life to them.
[Here Mrs W.’s son had been charged with possession of an explosive magnesium powder bomb, which carried a maximum sentence of four years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. The bomb had been detonated by the defendant in a public place near a bus shelter. The defendant had also been charged with discharging an a firearm near a dwelling house (some 1,500 times) which carried a maximum penalty of three months imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. Had Mrs W’s son been convicted it was likely that he would have been deported from New Zealand].