Frequently Asked Questions
Who will represent me in court?
When you hire an attorney from our firm, you are hiring our entire firm and all of its resources. Although generally speaking, the lawyer that you hire will be the attorney responsible for your case, that responsibility is shared by all the lawyers in the firm. All the lawyers meet regularly to discuss the matters being handled by the firm. This means that many times our firm offers you the advantage of not having to wait for a specific lawyer, and allows you to quickly return to work or home. This approach allows us to be sure that we can minimize the time you need to spend in court.
Do I need to appear in court?
Despite the fact that you have retained us as your lawyers, it is absolutely essential that you appear for each and every court date. Further, it is essential that you appear on time, and if possible, several minutes early. If you do not appear, the judge may issue a warrant for your arrest, or if you are late, hold your case until the end of call. If you are, for whatever reason, unable to appear in court, it is absolutely essential that you contact us so that we can inform the court of the reasons for your absence. If you miss court, a $150.00 charge may be added to your bill.
What do I wear to court?
The judge will be judging you. You would be surprised at how your manner and appearance make an impression on the court. Therefore, you should appear in court dressed in order to make the best possible impression upon the judge. Although blue jeans are not prohibited, we strongly advise against them. Avoid appearing in court wearing a T-shirt, tank top, or any attire that might cause offense to the court.
What if I appear in court, but I do not see my attorney?
Most judges in the courthouse where you will be appearing start court at the same time. Consequently, many times attorneys must be in several of those courtrooms at the same hour. Most judges are aware of the obligations of the attorneys and are understanding of their being late. Many judges, however, are not understanding of those appearing before them and will not tolerate tardiness. Often, if we know we might be late to a courtroom, we arrive early and check in for you prior to your arrival. We ask that you do not leave the courtroom and wait for us to arrive and take care of your case. If you are concerned, however, please do not hesitate to call the office, as all of the attorneys in the firm have personal cellular devices so that they can be readily contacted.
How are legal fees detrimined?
Our fees are set according to the seriousness of the case, the time involved, and our ability and experience in handling that type of case. Each lawyer in our firm has substantial experience. The firm has an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbel services which rates attorneys. This is the highest rating available to a law firm. In fact, Mr. Camic and Mr. Johnson have been named Leading American Attorneys.