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Thanks to Ed, I Have My Life Back

There are very few lawyers like Ed Welbourn.

My family and I have known Ed for 10 years. I first met Ed when my family was helping me find representation for a lewd offense I committed at the age of 13/14. Here are some of the things Ed did for me over the years:

1. Ed successfully downgraded my court case from adult to juvenile court, even though I was a 20-year-old at the time of the court proceedings.

2. Ed helped me accept a plea deal that spared me from having to register as a sex offender, and with his help, I was able to serve my 73 days in Juvenile Hall instead of Orange County Jail.

3. In the years following my felony adjudication, Ed has always been at my side, helping me fight to get my juvenile record sealed and destroyed. Three weeks ago, in March 2017, my petition to seal and destroy my juvenile record was granted.

In my estimation, Ed has a few rare qualities, qualities that only the best of lawyers have.
Ed is highly professional.
He is well-prepared for court proceedings.
His courtroom presence is unmatched, and it is VERY obvious the caliber of lawyering he provides when he is in a room full of other attorneys.

I don’t know what my life would look like had I not had Ed Welbourn as my attorney for the past ten years. But I do know that the amazing life I have today is, in great part, due to the tireless/super-professional/compassionate/amazing work Ed has put forth for my family and I.

Also important was how Ed treated me over the years. When I first met Ed, I was a lost and sick boy who could not fully appreciate what it meant to have Ed Welbourn as my attorney. But no matter how immature I acted, and no matter how badly my state was, Ed ALWAYS treated me with respect and level of dignity many people find difficult to afford someone like me who was charge with a sex crime.

Ed Welbourn helped save my life. Thanks to his services, I feel so Free today.

Many attorneys have areas of expertise or limit themselves to certain types of legal representation. But no matter what the circumstances, I believe Ed is one of the most qualified lawyers in California. There is no one better to represent me, and I trust him completely.

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Review Score: 5

Kate Corrigan is hands down one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the country, period! Kate fought hard for me, and did everything in her power to minimize the amount of time I will be away from my family. Kate commands respect in the courtroom from prosecutors, judges, victims, and onlookers. You can instantly tell the moment she steps in that she means business. She has ammassed over THIRTY YEARS of experience and defended clients in over 200 criminal trials! She is a ROCKSTAR!

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Ed was very helpful to me and my family through out the entire three year process of my criminal case. He is organized, easy to contact, and was very comforting through a difficult process. It always seemed he fought for my best interests and was excellent at defending my rights in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of counsel.

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Ed Welbourn is the first call, the only call!

I hired Ed Welbourn to handle a multiple theft case with a felony attached to it, for a family member about seven years ago. A Detective who had worked previously for the Newport Beach Police Department recommended him to me. The former detective told me that if he had a family member in trouble then his first call would be to Ed Welbourn. Frankly, this was all that I needed to hear. Ed handled the case professionally. He was able to negotiate a reduction in the charges, and the record was expunged. Moving ahead four years, the brother of a friend of mine was charged with a sex crime. Who did I recommend to them? Ed Welbourn. Once again, he handled their case professionally. After Ed’s investigation and analysis of the facts in the case, Ed was able to have the charges reduced and his record cleared at the conclusion of the case. Recently, I needed to return to Ed Welbourn to handle a multiple theft case for a different family member. Was I embarrassed to contact him a second time for a family member? Absolutely. Did he make me feel embarrassed? Absolutely not. Needless to say, Ed Welbourn stepped up again an obtained a successful outcome for us. Ed has stepped up to the plate three times and each time he hit it out of the park! Thank you Ed!

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My 16 year-old child was accused of a felony assault with battery charge. Ed Welbourn was referred to me and I could not be more pleased with his services or more thankful to the attorney that referred him to us. Ed was very respectful and took the time to explain the nature of the charges and court process from the very beginning. He was thoughtful about the amount of communication with us leading up to the trial. The trial is where Ed’s true talent and preparation really shined. He KNEW THE CASE and all the FACTS. His demeanor was very confident and knowledgeable, yet not arrogant and off-putting. I truly felt like I had the best representation that my child could have had regardless as to how the judged ruled. I am so thankful that I had such a competent and hardworking defense attorney protecting my child when EXPERTISE really made a difference. I am certain we will never need his services again, but I would recommend Ed Welbourn to any of my friends, family or collages if they were unfortunate enough to need a defense attorney. I am truly a great full parent with restored faith in the judiciary system.

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Ed Welbourn, and everyone at CWS Defense, helped mitigate an unfortunate legal situation with professionalism every step of the way. From my first consultation, I felt comfortable and confident that I was in great hands. He was able to get my 647(f) dismissed by the court at my arraignment.

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Mr. Welbourn provided excellent representation in a compassionate and caring manner. In addition to his thorough knowledge of the legal issues, Mr. Welbourn’s positive professional relationships with Judges, prosecutors, and others in the legal community I believe proved invaluable in helping resolve the case. The legal process is frightening and the stress is unbelievable but Mr. Welbourn was always quick to respond to emails or texts answering questions and assuaging concerns. I hope never to have to retain criminal defense counsel again but, should that need ever arise, I would definitely hire Mr. Welbourn.

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Ed Welbourn saved our son — and our family. For four years he has helped prepare a meticulous case to defend our 23-year-old son against two felonies and associated lesser charges that would have put him in California State Prison for 21 years. Understandably we all were distraught and confused. Mr. Welbourn took the time to approach our case from a human perspective, whilst always highly professional. He gave us hope that things would get better, and during the difficult court case he provided us faith in the judicial system that things WERE going to get better. Our son was found Not Guilt on all ten charges, by unanimous verdict of a jury that deliberated just 22 minutes. Trust Ed Welbourn and his entire team to give their complete and honest attention to every detail and how to best present the information in a way easy for everyone to understand.

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Miracles are possible
5.0 stars

My son was accused of crimes that could have put him in prison for the same number of years he had lived. For nearly four years we lived with a monstrous fear and burden to prove his innocence. Without Ed’s expertise and amazing professionalism I know the outcome could have been very different.
The case was a difficult one full of gambles as it went to jury. Ed’s expertise in delivering what the jury needed to understand and his keen understanding of who and what should be presented rewarded us with a total win. Two felony charges and eight lower included charges evaporated in front of us.
Hearing the words “not guilty” over and over again was the best miracle from the amazing result of Ed’s fine work. He will always be our family’s hero.

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Ed Welbourn is the sixth attorney I hired in January of 2016 to assist me to deal with my misdemeanor case that has been suffocating my life to the limit for being on a “Formal Probation”. I had to deal with five (5) previous uncaring and incompetent attorneys that I fired. When I met Ed in his office, he looked at my case through internet on his cell and within 30 minutes he discovered the mistake my previous attorney had made. He confirmed his discovery with another senior attorney in his office and I never forget our conversation for rest of my life and I quote” He said what is your wish?”. Naturally, I responded by saying, “I would like to get off this ‘Formal Probation”!. Honestly, , I was not sure this is another empty promise by another attorney similar to previous five (5) attorneys I had, but he actually showed me his law book that spelled out maximum penalty for my misdemeanor offense. However, my gut feeling was telling me this attorney may be different than all previous attorneys I had. So, I felt comfortable to give him my blessing to move forward with it. The following week, after he spoke to judge about the flaw in my case, we appeared in court and subject judge ruled my “Formal probation” which had 2.50 years remaining will be terminated on March 7, 2016. I can not describe how relieved and elated I am. After, all the pains and traumas I endured in the past 1.50 year which by far were toughest time of my life, courtesy of probation department, it feels like surreal. I wondered whether this was really happening. I will be a free man and can live a normal life which probation deprived me of. Now, I have great appreciation for simplest thing in life we always take for granted. I know one thing for certain. My freedom wouldn’t have been possible without My attorney, Ed Welbourn’s intelligence and follow through. As I told him several time, I am indebted to him for rest of my life. I mean this from bottom of my heart. Ed Welbourn is a breath of fresh air in a legal system that is filled with attorneys that are mostly concerned about their bank account balance than welfare of their clients. I will highly recommend Ed Welbourn to anyone who may have need for legal assistant.

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I went, almost literally, from jail to the offices of Corrigan, Welbourn & Stokke. After my arrest, my world changed entirely. If you are reading this review, you already understand the confusion and the fear that color the entire experience of a legal conflict. From the moment my family and I met Al Stokke, we felt better able to face the situation. The year-and-a-half that followed, during which time Ed Welbourn took the lead in managing my case, provided a stunningly enlightening experience. My ignorance of the law left me with very few tools for facing the charges against me, but thanks to Ed, Al, and Kate Corrigan, I never felt alone in that struggle. Ed Welbourn is a gladiator. He’s smart, savvy, and incredibly capable. In my experience, he understands both offense and defense well enough to make the right call about when to use each-and when to just sit quietly and wait. Ed provided guidance and counsel when I needed them, and he did so with what has always proven to be a genuine honesty. He is a model of professionalism, and I am thankful that he oversaw my case. Al and Kate were invaluable supports as well-and I will never forget either the competent experience Al brought to our first and our last meeting at CWS or the tough cleverness that characterized every interaction I ever saw Kate have in court-but Ed saw my wife and I through some of the hardest moments in our lives. If you hire Ed, don’t expect an ambulance chaser. Ed isn’t a TV lawyer; he’s the real thing. He never once did anything surprising, because he always acted according to a well thought-out strategy that he had taken time to consider and to share with us and with the team in his office. There were no plot twists in my case, and that’s just how I would have wanted it. My arrest was plot twist enough. Ed’s determined, careful, predictable support was what I needed to come through. I’m glad I had it; I’m glad I still have it.

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Attorney Ed Welbourn was able to get my DUI (.15% BAC) and second offense reduced to a Wet Reckless in Criminal Court. More importantly, he created a comprehensive record that eventually facilitated a finding in my favor of a Violation of my 4th Amendment rights (Unlawful Stop by police) in the form of a Writ against the Department of Motor Vehicles and reinstatement of my Drivers License by a Superior Court Judge where the Judge acknowledged Attorney Ed Welbourn’s handling of the case at the DMV hearing and the record that was created that led to a favorable outcome for me.

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To be clear, this is not a paid or solicited review and I only hope a genuine review like this helps when you are deciding who to call/hire if something (like my situation) ever blind-sides you or your family.

If you are anything like me, I’ve never needed an attorney for a matter that truly shocked/scared me. But when you do, it’s hard to sort out which way is up and where to turn… especially on short-notice. Luckily, I was referred to Ed for a situation that required quick (thoughtful) action to avoid a problem from snowballing. Ed returned my calls fast (normally less than 1 hour max, even in the evenings) and was able to navigate a very tricky situation gracefully to help me get it handled successfully.

Ed maintained a calm approach throughout and knew his craft extremely well! After further research on Ed & his firm, I’m extremely blessed to have been referred, avoiding me stumbling around the internet for hours frantically looking for qualified help during a pressing time. I’ve already shared his contact card w/my network & I’ll definitely be referring his services in the future (hopefully I won’t ever personally need them again) lol, but if I do I know where to turn.

Highly referred, thanks Ed & Co.

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Ed was recommended to me by a friend and I am glad she did so. I found myself in a situation I had never been in and Eds confidence, knowledge and professionalism was a welcome relief. He kept me informed throughout the legal process and broke things down in a way I could easily understand. In the end we came to a very favorable outcome and I can move past this whole ordeal. I would recommend Ed to anyone looking for help with criminal defense.

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Allan, I can’t begin to thank you enough. You made my day and maybe my year. This was the best news ever. You are the best. Thank you so very much.

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I don’t know what we would have done with you, Kate. Thanks AGAIN for taking our case. We can now look forward to the better future.
Thank YOU from us all!

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Kate. Thank you from us all!
We feel so lucky to have gotten you as an attorney, Kate. You did a fantastic job! So confident, so on top of things – we couldn’t do it without you today.

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Ed Welbourn is the man!
I have used Ed’s services multiple times – he is everything you would want from a lawyer – punctual, attentive, friendly, and efficient. I first hired him in 2009 and I went to him again in 2014, I’d go to him again and would recommend him anytime.

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We went to Mr. Edward’s office due to word of mouth from a high rank professional guy. We have worked with many lawyers before, but Mr. Welbourn is different; he responds fast, is honest 100%.

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I am extremely grateful for Ed’s services. He handled my case very professionally and was able to get me the most favorable outcome to an unfavorable situation. As you would expect an excellent attorney to be, Ed was very knowledgeable with the law, provided sound advice, worked quickly, made sure I understood everything, and updated frequently. On top of his outstanding capabilities, he is a kind, patient, and down to earth human being. He genuinely cared for me and my family’s wellbeing. I am so happy to have been represented by Ed, and highly recommend him to anyone. Thanks for everything Ed. =)

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Hi Al,
I wanted to write you a note to thank you so much for all your hard work on my case over the years. I was astounded and grateful beyond words to find out last week that the last of my charges was reduced/expunged. I luckily haven’t been held back too much yet as a result of the charges, but I feel such a huge amount of freedom to know that I genuinely won’t have to worry about that anymore. I really can’t express how much that peace of mind means.
Thanks again.

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When it happens you’re in shock, devastated. Your whole world is turned upside down. You think of yourself initially, then you think of what is really important, your family and loved ones. How will this ultimately affect them? What will happen to them? Now you need a lawyer, not just any lawyer, someone who understands what you and your family are going through. After all, you are vulnerable and you have to put your life and your family’s life into someone else’s hands for the first time. You need someone you can trust with your life. You want and you need Kate Corrigan – a highly skilled, intelligent, honest, and compassionate person (not just a lawyer). Kate was a God send for me. The moment I met her I breathed a sigh of relief. I knew immediately she cared. I could tell Kate had mine and my family’s best interest at heart. She saw me as a person, instead of a case number, and worked extremely hard from the outset on my case. Kate saved my life, my marriage and my family. Thanks to Kate Corrigan my future is bright and full of amazing opportunities. Thank you Kate for believing in my, because the good Lord knows how much I believe in you. I know I have told you this so many times but it’s what I feel in my heart, thank you Kate for all you have done for me, my family and everyone who knows me now. You were there when I needed help. You helped guide me through this process, which turned my life around. – Scott

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I wanted to give you a bear hug tonight when I saw you! I do not know if I have expressed to you how much you and your team meant to me over the last six months, but hopefully you got a glimpse of it with my happiness to be out and see you. You and the entire defense team were amazing – I know I drove you all crazy with my soap box emails, but we all made it through.

I will tell you that on a recent flight to Dubai, I watched 12 years a Slave, a film about a free man taken from his family and enslaved in the South in the pre-Civil War era. Though I am not black, and I was not whipped, I felt the isolation and impossibility of existence represented in this film such that I was personally inconsolable by the end of the film. I felt that horror for five months. But, I made it through. Financially, I am slowly recovering. Professionally, my friends have stood by me and some of my partners in business took the opportunity while I was down to stick a few swords through me. That is now my next much smaller battle, but I will prevail! Life is good.

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Ed Welbourn is beyond extraordinary. He goes above and beyond the call of duty. Ed has extensive knowledge about the law and the justice system, as well as a personal relationship with the DA’s office which is invaluable, He is highly respected and regarded in the court room. Ed is always attentive, patient, and available to his clients. It is very apparent that he cares about his clients and their well being. He always took the time to explain to me what was going to be happening or what we were going to be asking for. I never felt out of the loop. Ed is a extremely dedicated attorney and really fights for the clients rights. Ed accomplished things for me in my case that were thought to be impossible. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for him and the opportunity he gave me to get on the right path and have a fresh start at an amazing life! He even took the time to go down to San Diego to clear up an old warrant I had. I seriously can’t thank you enough Ed for all you did for me! Thank you so much for believing in me. I definitely recommend Ed Welbourn if you need an attorney. In my opinion, there is no one better.

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Mr. Welbourn is an excellent attorney and his highly recommended. Mr. Welbourn is extremely knowledgable about law and the justice system. He is highly respected and regarded in the court room. In addition to is knowledge and ability to defend he truly cares about his clients and their well being. He always returns calls and keeps his clients informed. He is extremely honest and ethical! I can’t say enough about what an outstanding attorney Mr. Welbourn is!

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Both times. He is competent, thorough, and will make you feel at ease about any pending legal issues. His personal relationship with the DA’s office in OC (having been a DA himself) is a valuable asset, and one that you NEED in your attorney. I have, and will continue to refer everyone I know to Welbourn & Corrigan

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Let me start by saying, it is must to have an attorney that was a former D.A. on your side. From the minute we walked into the courtroom, everyone knew and like him. “Ed fought for me.” We went to court a many times and each time he knew what D.A. would have given me an unfair and ridiculous sentence. ED would not let that happen, instead he knew exactly what D.A we need to see and he would not stop until we got the right one. Each time we went to court Ed worked diligently to get me the best deal possible. After about three months of going to court we were finally were able to reach a fair compromise. On a more personnel note, going to court was a huge ordeal, and at times, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. With Ed Welbourn at my side I knew I would have the best possible chance. I highly recommend Ed to anyone!

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He saved my sons life my son was looking at life in prison, witch his co/defendant got 42 t0 life and his co/defendant was just there, he also had a different attorney cuz they had split up their cases, but anyways Mr. Welbourn did his job & got the truth to finally come out and saved my sons life, now we just have to find out how to help my sons co/defendant to get his case back into court, cuz she lied and it isn’t fair that his co/defendant got an attorney that sucked and got him 42 to life sentence So YES i would RECOMMEND ED WELBOURN. He Is A GREAT Attorney!

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Ed has literally saved my son’s life. In a society of zero tolerance attitudes towards inappropriate behavior of young men, there are no second chances when you make a mistake.(or two) The lifelong stigma of negative information, due to the electronic age, hangs over people with troubled pasts. Ed Welbourn is a lifesaver. He has kept my son from making a permanent turn in the wrong direction, by finding him second chances. He is a better person due to Ed’s efforts and accomplishments on his behalf. (Something he would not have gotten without a lawyer.)

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Ed made a very confusing and scary experience much less so with his caring and professional expertise. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking the best in the business.

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I totally admire Mr. Welbourn as he is one of the most professional people I have ever met. It has been my experience that he shows a genuine interest in people and really takes time to listen, which I found refreshing, as attorneys are very busy. I further was impressed with Mr. Welbourn in that he was consistent in accepting and returning phone calls on my case. Mr. Welbourn was very honest with me and at the same time showed by his interest and actions that he really cared about me as an individual. Mr. Welbourn was able to get my DUI arrest reduced to a wet reckless, and I was very happy with this outcome and with his services. I would also like to comment that his office is dependable and extremely professional. I would highly recommend Mr. Welbourn to assist you in any criminal case.

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Ed Welbourn is an enthusiastic litigator, well versed in the “ins-and-outs” of orange county law and he knows people in the DA’s office (always a plus). He has been candid in his assessment of my legal predicaments, appeared in court by my side, and has skillfully guided me through the confusing maze of the Orange County legal system. He is a fine young, but-not-too-young, attorney. If I ever need an attorney in the future, he will definitely be my go-to guy.

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It is not often that I write letters of recommendation for individuals. However, my experience with Ed Welbourn was extraordinary and I want to share this with others who are in need of legal support and are looking for a superb attorney to represent them. Being a working professional, I have had the opportunity to work with attoneys on a variety of legal matters throughout my career. When my family and I personally needed representation we were highly recommended to speak with Ed. We have now worked with Ed on variety of legal matters including DUI, Hit and Run and getting a DUI conviction expunged. These matters were within Orange County and outside of the county. Although Ed is based in Orange County, he made himself readily available to travel to other counties. Ed is recognized as an outstanding attorney not only in Orange County but surrounding counties as well. From the moment I met Ed I was extremely impressed. Ed Welbourn is by far the most professional, knowledgeable, realistic attorney I have ever dealt with. His attentiveness is evident as he makes himself available 24 hours to his clients to answer any questions or address concerns. He personally handles his clients rather than delegating to other attorneys within his firm. Ed is professional and dedicated to protecting his client’s rights. His compassion during a very stressful for time for me and my family was extraordinary. He listened attentively, was extremely thorough, patient and immediately engaged with the case. While the cases he worked with me on may not have been “high profile” to most, Ed treated them as such and made us feel like we were his only clients. On each matter his confidence radiated throughout the case. His office staff is professional and shares Ed’s compassion for his clients. Ed is a genuine, caring individual with a high level of integrity. Throughout all the matters I have worked with Ed on, I was impressed and pleasantly surprised at the level of dedication, commitment and energy he put into all three cases. I have referred Ed to others that are in need of excellent representation. They too have shared the same sentiment. If you are in need of superior legal support, I highly recommend that you call Ed Welbourn. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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Thomas Edward Welbourn saved my sanity. I made a foolish decision and thought the consequences were going to be jail time. I know that hiring him as my attorney truly placed me in a better position and gave me results that are far better then I expected. He is not only professional but compassionate and very patient with all my questions, worries and mini-nervous breakdowns. I would highly recommend him, well worth it! His assistant Niki is always very helpful as well.

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Mr. Welbourn is very excellent in criminal defense. I had 2 attorneys fighting my 3 strikes case but did not feel good about the outcome. A different attorney referred me to him to take over the case. I was glad I went with Mr. Welbourn for his professional knowledge of the law, his excellent ability as a trial lawyer. My case went as far as jury trial. If convicted of all counts I could face a max sentence of 25 years to life. Mr. Welbourn fought hard to win the case with excellent result, a misdemeanor with a sentencing of 60 days to do Pay To Stay program. I am strongly recommend Mr. Welbourn to need an excellent attorney to defense your criminal case. Thank you Mr. Welbourn so much for your help to get my life back.

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First let me start by saying that I don’t normally write recommendations. However, I truly believe that Ed Welbourn deserves to be recognized for his hard work and excellent representation. I believe he went above and beyond what any other attorney would have done for me. My case was not a high profile case and to many people they may have thought it was no big deal. But being the defendant to me it was huge. He made me feel like I was important and that I mattered. I have had attorneys in the past and not always good experiences. However, Ed restored my faith in the legal system. He made me feel like I was more than just a dollar sign and that my feelings mattered. He never gave up even when I thought there was nothing left to do and I was destined to stay in jail he would not take no for an answer and he was able to get me out when I thought there was no hope. I have never met an attorney like Ed before he is truley one of a kind. I would without a doubt hire him again if I ever needed representation. Hopefully, I never will. I will recommend Mr. Welbourn to anybody I know that needs a good attorney. He has integrity that is rarely seen anymore. Thank you so much for all that you did for me. You are truly appreciated.