Shelia Balkan, PH.D. ,

Criminologist and Court Consultant

Client Praise

"I don't know where to begin to say Thank You. Thank you for taking me in as a client. Thank you for being so generous. I don't know where I am going in the short term, but I know where I have been and I don't plan to go there again. Because of you I have enjoyed the company of so many wonderful people. Because of you I now have the tools to reach my new life goals in a tangible way. One day at a time."

"Words cannot express what I want to say. You were not only a great professional but I believe you became a good friend. Thanks!"

"One year ago today, I sat in your office wondering what nightmares lay ahead in the coming year. What a difference a year makes! Hardly a day goes by that I don't think about how thankful I am for all you did for me. Remember you may not always hear from those you help, but the smart ones always remember."

"It is that time of the year again in which I am happy to be writing to you to thank you for helping me to get my life in order, especially for me not going to jail because of the stupid mistake... This past Sunday is my anniversary date, which I will never forget. It was that day thirteen years ago that I was arrested. I am extremely proud to tell you that I am drug free since that day. Thank you Sheila Balkan... I hope you are helping other people get their lives in order so they can enjoy life as I am now. On my next birthday, I will be 73 years old and a happy guy."

"I am writing to thank you for all your help. My attorney was certainly accurate in his estimate of how helpful you would be and I know that your assistance was invaluable. I deeply thank you on behalf of myself and my family."

"Thank you for your excellent work on my case. I feel the results were very satisfactorily in my favor and your work was undoubtedly a major reason for that. I also appreciate you having taken the time to come to court for sentencing. The moral support was a big help and having a heavy hitter like you on my side was persuasive for our argument. I want to assure you that I am going to attempt a complete change in my ways. I know that professionally you feel better about helping people willing to change rather than just trying to escape justice. To be honest, I hope I never need your services again. But if I do, you are the best there is."

"I wanted to thank you and let you know how much I appreciate the work and efforts you put forth on my behalf. I'm most grateful that I do not have to serve time in prison. It has been a devastating 5 years and it will take some time to overcome all of this. However, I know that I can do it and will have a life again. I will continue with the therapist that you found me, whom I believe is helping me. I'm most grateful to you."

"I want to thank you for helping me to start thinking about how I was conducting myself and how people close to me looked at me. Sheila, I want you to feel really great about yourself and your work. With your help and guidance, my family and the judge have seen my desperate need for help. I cannot thank you enough."

"Finding you was like grasping a helping hand when you are drowning. You literally saved my life. I think of you often."

"I am truly thankful that I had someone as great as you working on my case. Words cannot express how thankful I am."

"I am deeply grateful for your support during these past turbulent months. I am indebted to you. You are one of the most kind-hearted people I've ever met."

"Thank you again for all your help on my case. If not for all the hounding you gave me I probably would not have completed as much as I did. I believe you gave me a better sense of responsibility. Can you believe it?"

"For the part you played in my journey out of the shadows, I will always be thankful. I have come to appreciate that more important than anything else is my personal sobriety and sanity. In all my life I can't recall a time I've been more content than I am right now."

"I just wanted to thank you for helping my attorney on my case. Your input was a tremendous asset to my life (although I never would have believed it when we met). I am a very lucky person."

"I want to thank you for your pivotal involvement in my case. I thank you for your guidance and attention despite your busy work schedule. I used to think that pretty doctors only existed on TV until I met you."

"Thank you for the excellent work that you did on my case. I feel it really made a difference. Your kindness and warmth really helped also."

"Thank you for all you have done for me. I am convinced that your hard work and kind attention was the key to the successful results I received, without which I would have remained a dead duck. I shall forever be indebted."

"Thanks to your superb efforts on my behalf my life is now on the right track. Your faith in me, your excellent knowledge of the legal system and continued efforts in helping me will never be forgotten."

"I would like to express how deeply thankful I am to you. You convinced the Judge not to send me to jail."

"Many thanks for making the miracle possible. I still can't believe it. I'm forever grateful."

"Sheila, thank you so much for all you have done for me. I never lost faith in you, in fact, it was you that gave me a spark of hope that my future would not be so bleak. It was you that connected me with the resources that opened up so many doors for me. You helped me convince my lawyer that there are legitimate grounds for a retrial. And most importantly, Sheila, you have shown me that you have faith in me and that you believe in my innocence. I am forever grateful."

"Sheila, this is to let you know how much I appreciate your help. Your care, concern, time, manner and way of dealing was outstanding. It also kept me together. Thank God for people like you."

"How do I ever find the words to express my thanks for all that you have done for me? You have touched my life and made such a difference. Because of you and your concern I now have the strength to go on and to try to live a normal life. God was very kind to me when he brought you into my life at such a critical point for me."

"Mere words cannot fully express how much my family and I appreciate your efforts on behalf of my nephew. We are grateful for all your work which was way over and beyond the normal call of duty. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."

"Thank you again for the marvelous work you did on behalf of my son. The materials submitted to the Judge were outstanding and I know made a significant impact on him. I am very grateful to you for your assistance."

"Words cannot express my profound gratitude to you at a moment such as this. You have given me a new lease on life. Without your devoted hard work and your co-ordinated efforts with my attorney, combined with your positive mental approach, these results would not have been accomplished."

"Thank you very much for all the time, effort and care which you expended on my behalf. The alternative sentencing report and personal assessment you produced was invaluable, not only in terms of its effect on my sentencing, but also as a life-long treasure."

"Sheila, you will never know how much I appreciate the interest that you took in my son."

"Sheila masterfully took myself, my wife and my children, one on one, plumbed our very souls and obtained the raw material needed to form the structure of our defense. My emotional make-up became clear and the peculiarities of this case as opposed to others began to appear. I found Sheila warm and empathetic. Without the masterful presentation and collection of facts, there would not have been a victory."

"You saved my ass. I love you for it. Forever, thanks."

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