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Speak softly and carry a big stick...........

I had the need for the services of a good lawyer, as I was facing a DUI charge and with my extensive criminal history, being a person of color I had very little faith In "our justice system" because in my opinion I'd never had a fair shake. I was referred to Ms. Pewitt by another fairly prominent attorney who undersold her as a feisty public defender going on her own (a huge understatement) and worth a call. My DUI was approx. 3 yrs. old and because I'd appealed the original ticket and was reinstated with a new license I thought that it was a done deal, I couldn't of been more wrong. I was facing mandatory penalties...suspended license, probation, alcohol assessment/ treatment and SR-22, all of these were very very expensive. Right out of the gate Ms. pewitt had a plan of attack,of me taking myself to be assessed, do a UA, then she began calling on experts in 2-3 different fields that I didn't even know existed, in no time at all she was ready to proceed, but we were repeatedly put off for trial which frustrated me as I was eager for it all to be over, but it seemed to make her more assertive & determined, she cited case law time and time again. I felt the prosecutor was afraid of her, as her knowledge and confidence was very intimidating only because her preparation was outstanding. The DA came with a deal (not a bad one) we decided to turn it down and she again insisted to the judge that my rights were being trampled and she wasn't going to stand for and again stated more cases to prove her point, court was dismissed for the day, on the way home she texted me with a "new deal" which was very acceptable, the following day we entered and the judge's attitude towards me had softened, she was almost apologetic to Ms. Pewitt in a way I'd never ever seen a judge and believe me I've been in front of a lot of judges and had ever witnessed anything even close to that, and for once in my life I left a courtroom feeling that just I'd finally received justice. I can only laugh when I think about her being described as "feisty", she is as fine an attorney as I've ever had or heard of........ She was my big stick.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.