While our office will take care of things like obtaining discovery or evidence documents that are to be used against you, scheduling appearances, document review, evidence and case preparation and the like, there are some things that we will need your participation in. Missing deadlines can compromise our ability to assist you.

 

If you have not returned your ticket to the court address on it, keep in mind that it must be postdated within two weeks (usually) of the date that you received the ticket. We prefer to speak with you before you send the ticket in, but if that is not possible make a copy, mark the original that you want a “contested” hearing, and mail it in. You have now asked for a court date, but you still have to option to pay off the ticket without appearing and at no extra court costs.

 

Then call us.

 

If after discussing your matter we reach an agreement on representation, please fill out, sign and return the Fee Agreement and payment as soon as possible. Payment can be made by check, or we can provide a secure link to our card processor, Lawpay. 

The court will set deadlines which we must observe, and does not look kindly on them being missed. However, we legally can not begin acting your behalf until the agreement and payment have been received

 

Needless to say, if your address, email, or phone number change, please let us know.

 

Provide any documents which your are asked for promptly.  I have had more than one person have a no insurance charge with a $550 fine found committed because they did not send me the paperwork showing that they had insurance at the time, and which would have gotten the charge dismissed.  If you do not have the proper paperwork, I can advise you on what documents to ask your insurance company for.  If we negotiate an agreement that requires that you do a driving class, please do not wait until the last minute, as an in-person class may fill up, or your internet connection go down the night before the hearing when you have decided to do an online class.  If there are any problems, most judges will not give you more time.  Remember: Murphy was an optimist.