A Satisfied Client Recommends Blackie Burak
About a year ago, I was charged with DUI in a rural Northern California county. Initially, I hired a local “rural attorney” in the area in which I faced charges, but after thinking about it long and hard, I remembered a situation over 15 years ago where I had also jumped the gun and hired an attorney in a similar matter over Mr. Burak (who I had also interviewed at the time).
Back then, my previous attorney had urged me to strike a plea bargain, and not fight my case even though I thought I could prevail. That attorney convinced me to plead so quickly, that the DMV hearing which is typical of these cases hadn't even been heard yet. After firing the first attorney, I went back to Mr, Burak, who prevailed in the DMV hearing. Had I consulted him before going to court with the other attorney, I might well have won my case or had charges dismissed, which unfortunately stuck around on my record for 10 years.
This time, I resigned to myself that I would not make the same mistake. After time in jail, people (including me) tend to make rash decisions and not think through cause and effect, as well as desired outcomes, and the sacrifices to get to those outcomes. Because the “rural attorney” had a non refundable clause in his contract, and I had already paid, I forfeited my retainer with him and elected to use Mr. Burak hoping for the best possible outcome. Little did I know, it would actually come to be.
After initially losing the DMV hearing with Mr. Burak (I had prevailed 15 years ago with Mr. Burak) I began to worry. Mr. Burak calmed my fears as much as possible, and stood beside me, allowing me to make all the decisions, while concisely informing me of the possible outcomes. This particular county apparently does not offer many reasonable plea bargains and my case was no different. We had several pre-trial hearings in the year leading up to what would inevitably be a full jury trial.
My trial began as many others, with jury selection in a small court house in the middle of nowhere. I noticed another review that says that Mr. Burak was not communicative to them during their experience. I would like to say that his communication style is different. You must trust him, and I wouldn't have walked into that court room with him if I didn't. I didn't know his strategies, what he would say, how he would act, or anything else even at the start of trial. But win or lose, I knew he would fight for me, and would do his best. And that he did…
I won't get into specifics of the trial, as it lasted over 2 full days, and the prosecution called 5 witnesses, to our 2 (myself and a great expert), but at the end of day 2 when I sat down to hear the verdict, I still did not know what to expect. The people of the jury found me NOT GUILTY on both counts (21352 A & B of the vehicle code). That was several weeks ago, and I am still “happy as a clam”. Even if I would have been found guilty by the jury, I would still write this review for Mr. Burak. He is simply the best at what he does!
PS-I was told by one of the bailiffs at the end of the trial, that the “rural attorney” has not brought any of his DUI cases to trial (ever), and always has them enter into plea agreements or plead guilty. Common sense paid off.