We get calls all the time from potential clients who have a court hearing coming up soon — like, tomorrow, or right now. They need advice, and they need it quick. In the past, we were almost always able to accommodate clients at the last minute but as we have grown, it seems as though our calendars have shrunk!
If you have a court hearing scheduled soon, my advice to you is stop reading this and call to make an appointment with an attorney ASAP. If no appointment is available prior to your hearing, ask to be placed on a cancellation list. Our intake specialist, Tracy, keeps a list of anyone who requests to be squeezed in if we have someone that cancels or “no-shows.” Speaking of missed appointments, if you take the time to schedule an appointment, please call if you are unable to make it. We remind clients the day before their appointment and also send a follow up email immediately after scheduling your appointment. Also, if you can’t remember when your appointment is – hey, it happens, feel free to call us and we will be happy to look into that for you!
But what if I can’t get an appointment before my hearing?
If there is absolutely no way that you can be seen prior to your hearing, we typically recommend that you ask the judge for a short continuance to obtain counsel and mention that you have set up an appointment to speak with an attorney. You could even print out our appointment confirmation email and bring that with you. However, we cannot, and will never, guarantee what a judge will decide to do in this situation.
If you need to speak with an attorney, give us a call at 757-656-1000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. If you are reading this and you don’t have any type of hearing coming up, please put this in the back of your mind: if you ever receive a traffic ticket, come home to a summons taped to your front door, or find yourself in any situation where you may need the advice of Counsel, please call an attorney as soon as possible. The more time we all have to prepare, the better off everyone will be!