5 Stars - Hands down with mad respect, Sonja Duckstein is a top tier criminal defense lawyer that I am personally grateful for. She helped a close friend of mine in at least three cases over the years, and although I love him, he is a very difficult person to work with. Nonetheless, Sonja took on each of the cases, with the last case being quite complex.
Here is a little background on the last case Sonja worked for my friend: My buddy is a black man, and he was arrested on numerous charges instigated by some of our good city's finest Officers of the Law. It actually seems racially motivated since the officer had no just cause to stop him in the first place (yes, I was there to witness this), but cops have a way of coming at you once they have their eye on you, and my buddy took a good beating from officers that evening that was uncalled for since he was already cuffed and in the back seat of the police vehicle.
I'm not saying our officers are are all bad or even that these officers are bad. They are human too, and in their job carries heavy burdens of baggage that naturally over time lead to frustration and anger that can trigger without any given notice. None-the-less, to stay on point, there was no need for the officers to open the police car door to beat him senseless....Right? I mean he was already apprehended, cuffed, and loaded into the back of police vehicle. Well, shit happens, and charges were stacked up to the point of being outright ridiculous, probably to protect the officers from their wrong doings outside of strict procedures and processes that police officers are expected the adhere to. However, the charges were real, and the matter was serious in terms of potential number of years in prison facing my friend. When that happens, nothing is more real than that! Everything else in life seems so trivial when your life is in the hands of the justice system. It is scary, and that could have been my good friend's fate.
Sonja saved my friend by winning the case. Her work was impressive. She may look like just a pretty face, but put her on the job and she is a shark... A straight shooter with only one goal in mind, and that is to take care of her client, by providing the very best defense going to levels most attorneys I've met would have given up on or wouldn't know how to proceed with going forward. Her network of resources played a powerful part in the case also. She is a serious, very aggressive attorney with style, and always on point...she doesn't stray.
By the way, my friend is doing very well today,living his dream, contributing back to his community, lends a helping hand to his friends and family....things are good for him.
Thank you Sonja for your professional help. That's from me and my buddy (you know he couldn't say it, but he is thinking it and knows it, so I'm thanking you in his behalf. ;D )