Ever wonder what happens once you hire Rick for representation for a traffic ticket? The process is fairly simple however it can be very confusing for those that are not familiar with the legal system. In this post we’re going to break down what happens and show you why it’s a good idea to have Rick handle your case!
First things first
In order for Rick to represent you and argue on your behalf, you have to officially employ him as your attorney. You will have to sign our client agreement form and pay the required retainer fee. Once we have all the signed documents, we notify the court in writing that Rick is your attorney.
Getting the facts
Now that Rick’s on-board, we can do things like requesting the discovery. Discovery is where we get sworn reports from the arresting officer and make sure they match up with your version of events. If you think the traffic violation was unfair, this will be where Rick finds the rest of the details.
Getting a court date
Once the court has received our notice of appearance the court clerks assign a court date. Usually a notice of hearing is prepared by the court clerks. Sometimes those notice of hearings are sent to you in the mail to the address that the court has on file but we will also monitor your case daily until a court date is set. It is not necessary for you to contact us to verify if we have received the court date but we know that most clients probably will!
The day of your hearing
It is not necessary for you to attend the court date. When you completed the client agreement form to establish the attorney client relationship, you authorized Rick to act on your behalf at the court hearing. Rick will address your traffic infraction at the time of the hearing and argue your position in front of the court.
What happens next?
When Rick returns to the office after he has completed the court hearing, the file will be placed in a pending status. We then patiently wait for the court clerks to correctly update the court docket regarding your case. Once the docket has been correctly updated and verified, we will then notify you by mail of the outcome of your case.
If you’ve just received a traffic ticket and would like Rick to represent you - give us a call or drop us an email, we’ll get right back to you.
If you have any questions at any time throughout the process you can always call and ask the office - we are more than happy to help.
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