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I went to trial and I think they could have prepared more and the outcome would have been better. At one point I was wondering if they encouraged me to go to trial so they would receive more money.Apr 14, 2015VerifiedLaw Office Of James C. Forslund's reply
You replied to this review on April 24, 2015: In response to this review, we were retained by this client a little over a month before our client's Department of Motor Vehicle license revocation hearing and we thoroughly prepared the case by obtaining documents including a criminal history search and police reports, as well as endorsing a witness. We vigorously defended on the issues of probable cause and refusal to submit to alcohol testing, arguing precedents in case law, but the Hearing Officer was not convinced and affirmed the license revocation. In the underlying county court case, the DA made an offer of a reduced charge of DWAI, which this client rejected and chose to proceed to trial. We represented the client at a one-day county court jury trial. For that trial, we also prepared a vigorous defense, as we are for all our clients, including filing a motion to suppress evidence, use of evidence from the DMV transcript, and subpoenaing the police dispatch tape. We started preparation a month in advance and had a number of meetings with her. The trial resulted in a guilty verdict, which is something we cannot guarantee won't happen for any client. At the outset we advised that the odds on a refusal case at best are 50-50. Regarding the second issue of us encouraging a client to proceed to trial so we would receive more money, we analyze facts and defenses for each individual situation and leave the decision up clients about proceeding to trial. Our advice is based on our combined 60 years of DUI practice experience. We always leave that decision up to our clients and never encourage anyone to take any action for the sake of making more money. In fact, we purposely keep our flat fees at a reasonable level, have not raised our trial rate in twenty years, and make every effort to accommodate each client's financial situation by breaking payments into manageable amounts paid on a monthly basis.
Our experience working with Mr. Forslund was outstanding. He and his office were always very helpful, and he was always accessible when we had concerns. He answered our calls or called us back immediately. We retained him for assistance with a DUI. The process was resolved in a reasonable frame. He was courteous and professional.Mar 30, 2015Verified
i have just started my business relationship with Mr. Forslund. but i am confident he will doo a good job in helping me with my DUI. He was only one third the cost of the other lawyers i talked to, which made me trust him right away. it means he is a honest man and isnt trying to take advantage of my situation and short comings. i will follow up with another review in the near future after everthing is said and done.Feb 25, 2015Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?We charge a flat fee for DUI defense representation at the DMV hearing, arraignment, pre-trial conference and disposition. We are also available for consultation while our client is on probation. We require an initial retainer deposit of 1/4 of the total amount, with the balance payable in equal installments over three months. For clients who have been revoked seeking to obtain a valid Colorado license, we charge a flat fee of $1,200, with an initial retainer of $600 and the balance payable 10 days before their DMV appearance.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Our process is we respond to telephone, text, email and online form inquiries from prospective new clients regarding DUI defense representation. During that first contact, we briefly assess the parameters of a case and schedule a complementary one hour in-office appointment, if possible, or a phone conference to gain a complete understanding of each individua situation. Following the initial consultation, if a client decides to retain our services, we require them to sign a fee agreement, make an initial retainer deposit and schedule monthly payments. In a typical DUI case we enter our appearance as attorney of record, set hearing dates at court and appear at the hearing which the Department of Revenue has set, request discovery and plan our defense strategy in consultation with the client. As a case proceeds, we communicate regularly with our clients, file the necessary motions and attend hearings. As a case proceeds, we advise our client regarding settlement offers or prepare and conduct a trial to the court. After a case has concluded, we follow up with our client to advise and assist them in the process to get their driver license reinstated. For clients whose licenses are revoked in other states and want to come to Colorado to obtain a driver license here, we help our clients prepare the necessary paperwork and accompany them to the DMV to ensure the process is completed successfully.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Jim Forslund was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar as an undergraduate at University of Colorado and holds a Master of Divinity degree in addition to his law degree from the University of Denver. Gary Pareja was recognized for superior grades at Metropolitan State University and is a graduate of Golden Gate Law School. The Colorado Supreme Court mandates 45 hours of continuing education. Jim and Gary exceed that requirement every time. They each spend over 20 hours per month researching the latest cases, legal treatises, scientific literature, and articles on the subject of drunk driving defense allowing them to be on the cutting edge of DUI defense at all times.