What is the Status of My Ticket?
Congratulations! You have retained Rick to represent you for the traffic ticket you received. Your ticket has been submitted to the court requesting a contested hearing. Now what do you do?
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
The court clerks have received your request for a contested hearing and they will then set a hearing date. The hearing dates are usually set within 120 days from the date of the request for contested hearing. It is possible that you will receive a hearing notice in the mail. We receive those notice of hearings here at the office was well.
Rick has submitted a request for discovery to the prosecutor which he will review prior to your hearing date. 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.
Day of Court
On the day of your court date, Rick will attend the court hearing on your behalf. He then brings your file back to the office and we patiently wait for the court clerks to update the docket to verify that your case has been entered correctly. This step sometimes takes the court clerks several days to update the case dockets.
A New Court Date
It is very common for a case to be continued. What does this mean? How does this affect you?
Rick is representing you in court and he always tries to get the best outcome for your case, if he feels that a continuance is in order to help with a better outcome for your case, then he will request a continuance and the case will be reset for a new court date. A continuance means that the case is being reset for a new court date.
There are variety of reasons why a continuance is requested. Sometimes it is a scheduling issue with the court calendar, sometimes it is because a different judge is on the bench that day, and sometimes it will allow Rick to further investigate your case. There is not a court rule regarding how many continuances a case may have to come to a resolution. But rest assured that all continuances are approved by the Judge that is presiding over your case.
Once your case has been updated and verified we always send out a letter to you in the mail. We send it to the address you provided at the time you hired Rick. This letter informs you what happened in court. If you have not heard from us by mail, it is usually because we do not have a resolution to give you regarding your case.
Give us a call
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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