• Report: #281945
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Kaufman, Englett & Lynd PA

  • Submitted: Tue, October 30, 2007
  • Updated: Tue, May 17, 2011

  • Reported By:Tampa Florida
Kaufman, Englett & Lynd PA
501 E Jackson St. Tampa, Fl. 33602 Tampa, Florida U.S.A.
  • Phone: 813-223-4363
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  • Category: Lawyers

Kaufman, Englett & Lynd PA Attorneys Deposited (stole) my money into their accounts but failed to Investigate or depose witnesses Tampa Florida

*Author of original report: You are right! You werent there!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Answer to Complaint

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This firm (Kaufman Englett & Lynd PA) took $4000 of my money between May-Sept 2003 and did nothing on my case, Leaving me with no options but to plead guilty to a crime I did not commit, in order to spend 5 years verses 15 years in prison. One of the 5 separate attorney's (Gary Bruce Ketcham) filed a complaint with the Fla. Bar After he was fired for "not being a team player".

He states numerous facts that support my complaint TFB No.2004-11,317-320(13D) to the Fla. Bar April, 24th 2004.

I have documents to support this claim. I will produce it to anyone who cares to see. I spent 4 years and 4 months in prison for a crime I did not commit, thanksto the unethical practices of the law firm:

Kaufman Englett & Lynd PA
501 E Jackson St Ste O
Tampa, FL 33602..

Attorney's involved in my mishap are:
!) Maria Gabriela Munoz (813) 657-7709 1520 W Cleveland St, Tampa
2)Gavin Tudor Elliot
3)unidentified Short term Attorney
4)Gary Bruce Ketcham
5)Ryan Pendleton Sulte

On July 24th 2007 Judge Anthony Black vacated the charge I was accused of, and forced to plea guilty to. I am curtain that I would not have even gone to trial if these attorney's had investigated and deposed all witnesses, as I had requested and paid them to do. If there are any attorney's that can help me clear my record now threw clemency or would want to represent me in a civil case against these attorney's and witnesses that lied in my case. Please contact me. I am not happy with the vacated sentence alone. This has cause me great hardship both emotionally and financially. I want to clear my name.

I make it clear to you that I am not happy with any of the efforts of the law firm (Kaufman Englett & Lynd PA). They victimized me when I needed help the most.

This is how I see it and I have only brushed the tip of the Ice burg. The legal justice system has failed me. Do a thorough investigation before hiring a lawyer and don't cut corners when I comes to your defense..

Tampa Florida Bar No.2004-11,317-320(13D) to the Fla. Bar April, 24th 2004



Tampa, Florida

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#1 Author of original report

You are right! You werent there!

AUTHOR: Thevictim - (U.S.A.)

perjury/'p?rj?re/Noun: The offense of willfully telling an untruth in a court after having taken an oath or affirmation.  More Wikipedia - Dictionary.com - Answers.com - Merriam-Webster?

My case was based on lies. All the so called witnesses the state had were coached into what the prosecution believed was happening. Not one of those witnesses were deposed by K.E.L. as I demanded. And not one of those so called state witnesses showed up to my Post Conviction hearing. Although my now friend and the last attorney on the case, Ryan Sulte showed to every hearing and aided in my successful release and Post Conviction Relief. He knew I was wronged and he personally made it right on his own personal time. Not as an officer of K.E.L. Thank You Ryan. If your firm (K.E.L.) is worthy of redemption, I would consider allowing you to file my Governor Clemency to at least clear my name (Pro Bono). Ryan knows how to reach me! This should be simple for you Mr. Kaufman

Pro bono publico (usually shortened to pro bono) is a phrase derived from Latin meaning "for the public good". The term is generally used to describe professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment as a public service.

I am now good friends with a seated Criminal Judge, a practicing State Attorney, and a few private attorney's if you need references. I will keep Rip Off Report posted of any good faith offers and hopefully a success story.
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AUTHOR: Jkaufman - (U.S.A.)

For about seven years, our firm handled hundreds of cases. The choice to depose certain witnesses and other decisions concerning how a case is handled is basically the decision of the attorney handling the cases.

The choice of going to trial is the client's. Our firm did not charge extra to go to trial. The firing of the attorney mentioned had nothing to do with being a team player. I won't say anymore than that because I have a policy of not attacking people on the internet but the Florida Bar found that his complaint that he wrote after he was fired had no basis.

When we were in the practice of representing people accused of breaking the law, The attorneys who worked for my firm and I went to trial more than most private attorneys. I have a strong belief that the client is the one to make that decision and am sorry that in this case he felt that he couldn't take that chance.

For those who don't know depositions are used to lock down testimony and shed more light on a case. Sometimes they are necessary and sometimes they could hurt your case. There are also times where the information can't be used and don't help to support the case.

I felt bad for all my clients who had to serve anytime incarcerated but it does happen. In this case the client said he took the plea. To avoid the possibility of going to prison for 15 years he accepted five years. He is not alone. The majority of cases are pled out because of the possible penalties you could get if you are found guilty. He might have felt he had to take the plea. I wasn't standing next to him when he made that decision but in the end he chose not to take the risk of being found guilty and having to serve ten more years.

Being a criminal defense attorney has its issues. When you lose or the state has witnesses who are less than candid but may be more convincing than your client, the client is the one who suffers and believe it or not there can be a lot of guilt involved. There were times that I couldn't get a client off whether because they were guilty, the case was really bad or the risk of going to trial was too much. In those cases, you were stuck with it. I do not miss practicing criminal defense and feel for him but these things happen when you practice this type of law.

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