Feb 12, 2016 |
Hi Mr. Yates this is Jaret Broudus, I just wanted to tell you thank you once again. You have changed my life in so many different ways. Because of you fighting for me and my life, I have been able to find a very good job and I have also got my CDL commercial drivers license. I thank you for not giving up on me or my family. I also wanted you to know I'm having a baby girl. My life has changed a hole lot since I have left that place. I wanted you to know if you ever need me to do something for you I would do it. If you need help with anything I would help you.
Feb 12, 2016 |
Thanks George for handling my case all these years and thanks for getting me out again.
Oct 13, 2015 |
| Virginia Beach, VA
I would like to give you 5 stars and I found myself getting arrested after I had been caught shoplifting. I don’t know why I was doing it – I just couldn’t stop myself. I had so many reasons not to: my family, my job, my dignity. But there I was.
I called Mr. Yates on the advice of a friend. When I met with him, he initially didn’t give me much hope, since my “first offense” was actually two separate incidents in a row that I was accused of.
Once we discussed my case in detail, Mr. Yates discovered that my problem wasn’t a criminal one – it was a mental one. I was addicted to shoplifting. I sought help and immediately started counseling and attended a theft workshop. When we got to court, Mr. Yates worked with the prosecuting witness (the loss prevention manager who caught me), and was able to show him that my criminal actions were a result of my mental illness. They worked out an agreement, and I was able to avoid jail time, which would have been devastating to my family (and my job).
I am so grateful to Mr. Yates: he helped identify my problem, encouraged me to seek the help I most desperately needed, and made it possible for me to get that help by avoiding jail. I never thought in my life that I’d ever need a “criminal attorney”, because I never thought of myself as a “criminal”. But I’m so glad I found Mr. Yates. He really made me feel like he was fighting for me the entire time, and indeed, I could not have wished for better results.
Feb 2, 2015 |
Hon. Peter M. Leavitt (Ret)
Although it has only been a few days since I appeared on your radio show, the response I have received has been a complete and very welcome surprise. Former colleagues of mine, friends and attorneys have called and written to me saying how much they enjoyed my interview with you. Most of the compliments were for the very professional and insightful way you asked the questions.
You are a very intelligent host who makes your guests feel comfortable and it was obvious that you had researched my book and my background and were totally prepared to conduct one of the very best interviews that I have ever had.
It was a pleasure appearing on your show and if you received anything like the response I received about the show I will gladly return some time in the future.
Jan 16, 2015 |
We live In Mechanicsville, VA. My son was on bond for a pending 3rd DUI. Then, he was arrested in Virginia Beach, VA on a 4th DUI. My family was devastated.
An acquaintance recommended Mr. George Yates. Mr. Yates is very straight forward, and sometimes brutally honest. I can’t say I fancy those characteristics. But those characteristics make him who he is. With him, you know exactly what you’re up against. With these charges, we were up against a whole lot. But, with the help of Mr. Yates we were able to overcome. I don’t know how he did it, but he madea plea deal to reduce my son’s charges to a 2nd DUI. This outcome was a pleasant surprise. My son was back on bond.
Hopefully, I won’t need Mr. Yates again. But if the need arises, I would definitely use him again. I would highly recommend Mr. Yates to anyone in trouble. You can trust him to uphold the best Interest of his clients. I know, because he helped us to get our son home for Christmas.
Thank you Mr. Yates.
Jan 9, 2015 |
My son was incarcerated, his issue at its core was drugs and alcohol....enter Mr. Yates.
There were arraignments, bond hearings, plea deal discussions, rehab, probation, sentence hearings, on and on. It was a long hard road through it all Mr. Yates told the truth to his client and the family, even when at times it was so difficult to hear. Mr. Yates understands the effects of addiction and this helps him know his clients sometimes better than they know themselves. He has a direct style of communication that he explains (he needs to talk and you to listen). He needs you to do your part in the process and be prepared as appropriate. He knows the law and perhaps more importantly he knows the judges and prosecuting attorneys. He was able to leverage his experience and career long relationships that he has built within the system to negotiate and argue for the best outcome available for my son, a felony dropped to a misdemeanor.
Thank you George Yates you helped give my son a chance at life.
Dec 8, 2014 |
This is Janet B. I just wanted to tell you thank you again. You have changed my life in so many different ways. Because of your fighting for me and my life, I have been able to find a good job and also got my CDL commercial driver’s license.
I thank you for not giving up on me or my family. I also wanted you to know I have a baby girl. My life has changed a whole lot since I have left that place. I wanted you to know if you ever need me to do something for you I would do it. If you need help with anything I would help you. Well, when you can find the time, maybe I can take you to lunch or something. Once again I thank you. Have a great day.
Apr 10, 2014 |
I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for you. You have made a huge impact on my life and I will never forget you for that. I have always had big dreams for my life ad future. All my life I have been working towards something bigger. 5 months ago, I thought all that I have worked for would be taken from me. It was the scariest experience I have ever been through. Who would have thought that one night that I don’t even remember could destroy my entire life? I sure didn’t.
I was just a stranger to you, a pathetic girl crying in your office. You could have turned me away but you didn’t. Doing time in jail would have destroyed everything I have worked for in school. I would have lost my cars that I worked so hard to buy. I would have lost my job, and many relationships. I would have had felonies on my record. I would have never been able to pursue the career in counseling that I wanted. It would have been difficult for me to get a job anywhere, really. My life was literally crumbling before my eyes, and there was nothing I could do. No matter what I did, all I could think about was the horrible looming fact that I could easily lose everything I had. I had lost all hope. I want to thank you for giving that back to me. Hope is really all we need in this world, and yet there is so many things that can steal it from us. All of my hope had been taken in one horrible night. I went from a girl with a promising future to a criminal in the eyes of strangers. However you looked at me and saw something else. Amidst the judgmental people in this world who were looking at me through the lens of my charges, you knew I wasn’t some kind of criminal. I didn’t even have to try to convince you, you just knew. Teary eyed and ready to give up, I was getting up to leave your office when you stopped me and told me you would help me. It is amazing how much that decision of yours has altered my life for the better.
I am sure you are aware of how skilled you are in what you do. However it is not your skill in law that makes me respect you so much – although it is impressive. It is the big heart you have. Many other lawyers would have turned me away, and I want you to know that I realize and appreciate that. Every time I was feeling doubtful and scared, you could see it in my face and reassured me. You had to tell me several times over the past few months that everything would be alright; and in my fear sometimes thought you were only saying it to make me feel better, but you were right. Everything is more than alright. I am able to build my life back, and I am able to go to school like I love. You have made a significant difference in how my life could have tuned out.
I wanted to be a counselor because I wanted to help people in need. I wanted to be there for people who felt hopeless and alone; people that didn’t have that person to tell them that everything is going to be alright. I am grateful for this experience, because it has taught me that true feeling. But most of all, it has taught me what true empathy and compassion looks like. I watched you take someone so helpless and hopeless, and give them the belief that everything would be alright again. I want to do that someday for people, and this experience has shown me that human services is the path I truly want to take. I can only hope that someday I can be as wonderful of a person as you. You have all the qualities people strive for. You are a true hero.
Thank you for everything.