Here to Help with some Tips for your Upcoming Case
At Peters & Nolan, LLC we understand that having a case with us, regardless if it is personal injury or a criminal case, it can be a very stressful time period of your life. We strive to minimize your stress level and maximize the favorable outcome of your case. Below are a few handy points that will help us achieve these objectives.
- APPEARANCE: Clients should dress in professional business attire when required to appear in court. Dress for success. Avoid blue jeans, t-shirts, and recreational clothing.
- COURT APPEARANCES: Never be late for court. This can result in your bond being revoked, or at the very least an irritated judge. When you are scheduled to appear in court, you will be required to go through a metal detector and security upon entering the court house, so leave any non-essential items in your car or at home. Wait inside the court room for your attorney, unless told otherwise. This will avoid your attorney not being able to find you and will avoid any delay in your case. Once your attorney meets with you in court, they will expeditiously handle your matter.
- FUTURE COURT DATE: If the court assigns a future court date that is difficult for you to attend, please tell your attorney immediately while in front of the judge, or prior to leaving the court house so we can attempt to change the court date. Court dates can be difficult to change after we leave the court. Any attempt to change a court date after leaving, may result in additional fees due to the additional time spent on such matters.
- FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT: You must always appear in court unless your appearance has been waived and you have been told by your attorney that you do not need to appear. If you failed to appear, the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest. If you are not sure about your next court date or time, call your attorney or the clerks off and ask. If a warrant is issued the courts will send notice to the DMV and a hold be put on your driver’s license.
- RESTRICTED DRIVER’S LICENSE: If you are eligible to apply for a restricted driver’s license and you want to do so, you will need to obtain an SR-22 certificate and have an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle(s). In some cases you will also be required to enroll in alcohol classed before a restricted driver’s license will be authorized. If you are unsure of the requirements to obtain a restricted driver’s license please contact your attorney.
- REINSTATEMENT FEE: Unless your suspension or revocation is rescinded, you must pay a reinstatement fee to the DMV prior to the end of your suspension, or you will continue to be suspended or revoked. If you have questions, you can call the DMV to see if you own a reinstatement fee at 303-250-5600.
- LANDMARKS: If there is some landmark, or construction in the roadway that may have contributed to the alleged impaired driving or field sobriety testing (i.e. construction barricades, confusing markings, or non-existent lane lines, etc.) you should obtain picture of this area immediately. The pictures should clearly show the obstruction but there should be landmarks show in the photo, (i.e., street signs, addresses, etc.). To authenticate the area. At the very least be sure to let your attorney know about such facts and they will be sure to get them documented.
- HOSPITAL VISIT: If you were at the hospital on the day of your arrest, obtain a complete set of the medical records for you attorney to review.
- WITNESSES: Please provide your attorney with a list of all witnesses, names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
- RETAINER FEE: The retainer fee will cover all pre-trial work on your case, including the review of police reports, client interviews, client phone calls, and court appearance necessary to resolve your case before trial. Investigators, transcripts medical records, filing fees, and expert fees are not included in the retainer and will be billed separately.
- INVESTIGATION PHASE: After the investigation phase, you will be advised of the merits of your case, d of any offers made by the prosecuting attorney during plea bargaining. Your attorney will give you their advice and thoughts are to whether to fight the case. As the client, the final decision as to how to proceed thereafter is up to you.
- TRIAL PHASE: When a decision is made to fight the case, they we have entered into the trial phase. As per the fee agreement, an additional trial fee will be applied to your balance. This fee represents the cost of the additional court appearances and motions.
- TRIAL FEE: If your case is resolved after entering into the trial phase, the trial fee has been earned regardless of whether the case gets dismissed, a trial actually begins, the charges are reduced, or a plea is entered. The trial fee is due in full on the first day the case is set for trial. If the trial fee is not paid in full at that time, your attorney reserves the right to continue the case until the fee is paid in full or to discontinue further services.
Our goal at Peters & Nolan, LLC is to make you a satisfied client. Nothing less than that is satisfactory. We look forward to representing you on your case and we hope you found these tips helpful.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.