Sanzone & Baker, LLP

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  • 1106 Commerce St, Suite 3A

    Lynchburg, VA 24504

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  • 434-846-4691

About Sanzone & Baker, LLP

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Monday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Tuesday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Wednesday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Thursday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Friday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
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I hired him to defend me from a typical DUI. He impressed me that he actually took interest in the case and he felt that there was some chance to beat it. I said OK, just as long as I??m driving in 12 months win or loose, I just don??t like a DUI on my record due to the raised insurance costs. Many months later as the case was looking pretty hopeless, he told me that even if we win this, I??ll probably still get the DUI based on the arresting officer??s testimony. They just wont be able to use the blood alcohol content against me. Oh thank??s for telling me that now. I never would have challenged the DUI had I known that.

Eight months into my suspension, as we appealed the case over and over (I do give him credit for persistence) I asked Mr. Sanzone if I should be enrolling for the VASAP class so that I could have it completed by the end of my 12 months to get my license back. He said no, that I only need to be ??enrolled? at the end of 12 months and that I could get my license back then. This is not what I had heard, so I called VASAP. They said no, you have to have completed the course. I told Mr. Sanzone this and he said quote ??you talk to seven different people in this business and you??ll get seven different answers. Just be enrolled and we??ll get your license back?. So as 12 months neared, realizing the case was not going to be over soon, I called and enrolled. However they could not get me in a class for nearly 6 months. Mr. Sanzone told me to go to the DMV and try for a license. Of course they could not give me one until I completed VASAP. By the time I was driving again, it had been 22 months and I had no restricted license either. I was the only one in the class not driving myself to VASAP ?? or anywhere for over 22 months ?? and I was the only one who??d paid for a lawyer.

As an added note: at one point I told his secretary that I was going to be out of the state for a week. When I arrived home at 10PM, I just happened to check my mail to find a paper letter from Sanzone??s office stating that I needed to be in Charlottesville jail at 9AM the next morning for my required jail time. I live 1-1/2 hours away and can??t drive! Thanks for not calling or emailing me.

I wrote this partly to advise: if you have a DUI in VA, think twice about trying to beat it. Getting a better restricted license may be the best a lawyer can do for you. I wish I??d gone with the Public Defendant. I have no hard feelings about VA law, VA courts, Charlottesville PD, VASAP people, or the DMV; all were fair and knowledgeable ?? Mr. Sanzone was neither. Im leaving two stars because he did put forth an effort, though it felt more for himself than his client.

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I hired him to defend me from a typical DUI. He impressed me that he actually took interest in the case and he felt that there was some chance to beat it. I said OK, just as long as I??m driving in 12 months win or loose, I just don??t like a DUI on my record due to the raised insurance costs. Many months later as the case was looking pretty hopeless, he told me that even if we win this, I??ll probably still get the DUI based on the arresting officer??s testimony. They just wont be able to use the blood alcohol content against me. Oh thank??s for telling me that now. I never would have challenged the DUI had I known that.

Eight months into my suspension, as we appealed the case over and over (I do give him credit for persistence) I asked Mr. Sanzone if I should be enrolling for the VASAP class so that I could have it completed by the end of my 12 months to get my license back. He said no, that I only need to be ??enrolled? at the end of 12 months and that I could get my license back then. This is not what I had heard, so I called VASAP. They said no, you have to have completed the course. I told Mr. Sanzone this and he said quote ??you talk to seven different people in this business and you??ll get seven different answers. Just be enrolled and we??ll get your license back?. So as 12 months neared, realizing the case was not going to be over soon, I called and enrolled. However they could not get me in a class for nearly 6 months. Mr. Sanzone told me to go to the DMV and try for a license. Of course they could not give me one until I completed VASAP. By the time I was driving again, it had been 22 months and I had no restricted license either. I was the only one in the class not driving myself to VASAP ?? or anywhere for over 22 months ?? and I was the only one who??d paid for a lawyer.

As an added note: at one point I told his secretary that I was going to be out of the state for a week. When I arrived home at 10PM, I just happened to check my mail to find a paper letter from Sanzone??s office stating that I needed to be in Charlottesville jail at 9AM the next morning for my required jail time. I live 1-1/2 hours away and can??t drive! Thanks for not calling or emailing me.

I wrote this partly to advise: if you have a DUI in VA, think twice about trying to beat it. Getting a better restricted license may be the best a lawyer can do for you. I wish I??d gone with the Public Defendant. I have no hard feelings about VA law, VA courts, Charlottesville PD, VASAP people, or the DMV; all were fair and knowledgeable ?? Mr. Sanzone was neither. Im leaving two stars because he did put forth an effort, though it felt more for himself than his client.

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