Berlin Law Firm March 2018

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My Drive Into Criminal Law Being accused of something you didn’t do is one of the worst feelings imaginable. It may feel like your life as you know it has come to an end and there’s no way out. But even when things are looking bad, don’t lose hope. I know how overwhelming these situations can be, and I know that things seem like they’ll never get better, but they will. I’ve watched and ROTC officer candidate, was accused of rape. Not only was it completely shocking, but it devastated him. I knew this gentleman very well for over three years, and I knew he wouldn’t have done something like that. I had been at that party the night the allegation happened — I knew my friend was innocent.

that I would go on active duty, and when I became tired of that, I would go to law school. But watching my friend go through this changed my perspective and understanding of what I wanted to become. Having to sit on the sidelines while my friend’s life was on the line solidified what I had been feeling. I wanted and needed to go into law. This terrible experience my close friend endured was what pushed me toward criminal defense and, more specifically, defending those accused of sex crimes. up, polygraph results submitted, and a story from the accuser that kept getting weaker, the district attorney saw that my friend was innocent and ultimately dismissed the charges. He was able to get his life back and is now living as a full-bird colonel on active duty in the U.S. Army. zone. I know that we can help you start to get your life back on track. When things look like they’re going badly, give us a call. We are here for you. It might seem like an ending, but it is really just the start of a new chapter. - Lee Berlin Berlin Law Firm • DefendingTulsa.com Today, my friend is doing great. After all of the facts of the case were finally gathered In my practice, we want all of our clients to feel confident in us and enjoy a judgment-free

a lot of people go through experiences like this, even one of my closest friends.

Because of the false claims, one of my closest friends had everything stripped away from him. All he wanted to do in life was to serve as an army officer, and his dream was brought to a screeching halt. All the goals he had and everything he dreamed about doing — it was all gone in an instant. I visited him as often as I could to listen and just be there for him. I heard about all the things he was going through — his whole life was turned upside down. Not only was his commission in the army indefinitely delayed, but his graduation was delayed, as well. As there were no attorneys who specialized in this area, there weren’t a lot of people he could turn to. He ended up getting a general practice lawyer from out of town to defend him. He wasn’t even sure the lawyer could properly defend him or prove that he was innocent so he could clear his name.

After I graduated college, I went straight onto active duty in the army as a field artillery officer. When I was able to return to college, I spent a lot of time visiting my friends and fraternity brothers and continued to enjoy the college experience as long as possible. “This terrible experience my close friend endured was what pushed me toward criminal defense and, more specifically, defending those accused of sex crimes.”

After a typical fraternity party, my close friend, who was a fellow fraternity brother

Even before this incident, I knew I would become a lawyer one day. I had the idea

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