Feb 27, 2012 | C.C.
| Bronx, NY
Richard Southard is a great lawyer. I completely trusted him in representing me in my case. He is very understanding and easy to reach and explained the details of my case, as well as the possible consequences very clearly. He was able to get me the best possible outcome of the situation and I highly recommend him.
Aug 20, 2013 | Carolyn
Mr. Southard handled my Unlawful Possession of Marijuana case a few months ago.
After the charge, I immediately called a couple of attorneys who all guaranteed the judge would absolutely grant me an ACD being this was my first offense. I felt like they were telling me exactly what I wanted to hear so decided to do more research online. I found Mr. Southard after reading all of the favorable reviews written of him.
Mr. Southard lived up to every expectation. He contacted me shortly after I called and agreed to represent my case. He was very professional and pleasant over the phone. He was also familiar with the courthouse where I'd have to appear.
From the beginning he was forthright and honest with me, explaining all of my options. In this case, he prepared me that the judge would most likely NOT grant an ACD even though this was a first offense for a minimal amount of marijuana. I would probably be given a lesser charge and have to pay a fine. He reassured me that he would do everything he could to fight for the ACD or better yet, a complete dismissal.
Two months later, Mr. Southard and I met at the courthouse. He knew the judge presiding and as expected, I was only offered a lesser charge and fine, no ACD or dismissal (fyi...there were plenty of other people in court for a similar charge who were not granted ACDs either). Since I wanted nothing on my record, Mr. Southard recommended we come back at a later date to fight it. I agreed and one month later, we met again at court. Since the Prosecuting Attorney did not want to deal with my UPM charge, the judge completely dismissed my case! My original intention was to get an ACD (which basically allows your record to be wiped clean ONLY after a year of not getting into any further trouble). Instead, my case was dismissed on the spot!
If it wasn't for Mr. Southard, I would had represented myself not knowing all of my options and would had agreed to the lesser charge and paid a fine. Now it's like nothing ever happened.
I am extremely happy with how Mr. Southard handled my case and highly recommend his services if the situation arises where you need legal help/advice. Hopefully I won't need another lawyer but if I do, he is absolutely the one I would call, hands down (no pun intended!!).
Oct 1, 2012 | D.W.
Made perfect sense of the situation laying out all my options and the possible outcomes. Had a situation Thursday of Labor Day Weekend visiting NYC on vacation and he was the only person to call me back and schedule a meeting that Friday. Everyone else wanted me to meet them hours before my flight was schedule to depart on Tuesday or called me back hours after I met with Mr. Southard.
Long story short, I received the most favorable outcome for my situation and I am very pleased. It was a blessing. Very happy I decided to seek help from Mr. Southard. God willing, I will not have to but would definitely work with him again.
Apr 27, 2012 | Argyro
Very professional -excellent communication - he managed to bring to my case the best possible outcome.He represented me -while I was in my country and I was not even charged on doing community service!!!
Very good person as he understood some difficulties I was facing!!
Thanks Richard for everything!!
Feb 5, 2012 | A.K.
Richard is a very talented, knowledgeable, and helpful lawyer. He always had answers for all my questions.
I was charged for the shoplifting case that was the very first time when I faced such unfortunate situation. I was very upset when I saw his name on Avvo and just sent a question email, it was a weekend night. He was very responsive. He replied me right away and answered all my questions, even though it was very late.
He gave me hope and helped me though out the case.
At the end I got out of the case without any stamp of â€œConvictionâ€. I would defiantly recommend Richard Southard. He is a great person.
Jul 6, 2011 | Thomas, a Business client
Richard is very knowledgeable and explained everything to me in a way that helped me understand exactly what our plan should be, and we were able to exercise it quickly and efficiently.
There is no doubt that he looked out for my best interests. He is also very responsive and always keeps on top of everything.
I felt very comfortable with him and his expertise. I would absolutely trust Richard and recommend him to everyone I know.