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TAIT & ASSOCIATES

CRIMINAL TRAFFIC DEFENSE PACKAGES & LEGAL FEES

Thank you for considering the Law Firm of Tait & Associates, also known as the American Traffic Defense Association (ATDA), to defend you in your California criminal traffic case. Our goal is to help you win your case and keep it off your record. We care about your case and will treat your matter professionally. Best of all, our experienced attorneys can help you by providing legal advice in your case from as low as $79, and defend you in court for less than the price of an auto-insurance rate increase after a single traffic ticket conviction. Full details including costs for each of the defense packages we offer are included in the chart below and in the Description of Defense Packages section below.

Free Quotation
After you complete the on-line form by clicking the link below, our managing attorney, Arthur Tait, will personally review your case information and provide you with a detailed written quotation for our legal services. The quotation will include a description of the possible penalties you may face upon conviction as well as his best recommendation for the least expensive defense package we offer to try and accomplish all your goals. Mr. Tait will also include helpful information about our law firm's winning record so that you can make an intelligent and informed decision about your options before taking any further action in your case.

Professional Representation
Although we cannot ethically guarantee any particular result, we will give you the very BEST chance of winning your case and keeping it off your record. When you hire Tait & Associates, you will be immediately assigned to a team of skilled attorneys and support staff, including a litigation manager to manage the day-to-day litigation of your case and, in most defense packages, a trial attorney who will fight for you in court. Unlike many traffic defense attorneys who treat you like a number to add to their pile of file folders to take into court that day, Tait & Associates gives your case on-going, professional treatment and personal attention from experienced attorneys who are experts in criminal and traffic defense. Few other defense firms in America offer the same level of service, and our winning record truly speaks for itself. While most of our unsettled court trials resulted in either dismissals or acquittals for our clients, we always do our best to protect your rights and give you the best possible outcome in your unique situation. If you haven't already done so, then we encourage you to read more of our website for information on our expertise and our winning results as well as numerous testimonials from satisfied clients.

Try to Avoid the Serious Consequences that a Conviction Can Bring

  • High court fines and costs
  • Points on your driving record
  • Suspension of your license
  • Increased insurance premiums (for years to come)
  • Damage to your credit rating (from missed court dates or payments)

Fight Your Case to Win!

  • California traffic cases are winnable and you have the right to fight your case.
  • You will not have to go to court. Once you hire us, we will take care of everything else.
  • Since 1999, our association of trial lawyers has fought and won thousands of cases across the state.
  • When possible, we fight to win your case in a Trial by Written Declaration (TBD) which, if not successful, can help us defend you in a court bench trial.

Our Traffic Ticket Defense
In some cases, it may be wise to try to get your case dismissed first in a “Trial by Written Declaration” or TBD*. The TBD is a way to contest your case in writing without making a court appearance. You, with our assistance, and the police officer will each submit a written statement of the facts of the case, along with any relevant legal arguments, after which a judge or commissioner will review the declarations and make a decision on the case. If you are found guilty in that written trial, we can defend you in a second court bench trial or Trial de Novo (TDN) where we have an even better chance to win because we will have all the evidence from the first trial to help us. We offer the TBD both as a self-defense package (to save you legal fees) and, where appropriate, as part of a more comprehensive package. *Note: Bail must be posted in advance in order to fight a case using a TBD defense. As well, the TBD is NOT available if you are charged with a serious traffic crime like a misdemeanor or felony or if you've already missed your court date

Commercial Drivers
A single citation carries much more serious consequences if you are a commercial driver because your entire livelihood could be affected, even if you were driving a non-commercial vehicle. Current CDL holders are not eligible for a Traffic School dismissal and usually incur increased point penalties for a conviction so points can accumulate more quickly. As well, all convictions are now reported on your Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) which is referenced frequently by both trucking and insurance companies. Consequently, a conviction could jeopardize your current employment, your future employability and even your CDL license status. Your insurance rates could also increase by thousands of dollars over time or, if you drive a company provided vehicle, you may find that the company’s insurance company will not provide coverage for you at all. For these reasons, it is generally better to pay less money now for legal fees to have us fight for you to keep it off your record rather than to suffer the financial and personal consequences for years to come of dealing with your case once it is already on your MVR.

Serious Misdemeanor or Felony Criminal Cases
DUI, High Speed/100+mph, Reckless Driving, Street Racing, Driving on a Suspended License, Driving Without a License, Failure to Appear with Warrant, Hit & Run, Multiple Outstanding Citations
If you are charged with a DUI or other misdemeanor or felony criminal offense, it is critical that you have an attorney protecting your rights and providing a strong defense. Call us for help today. If you are cited for a serious violation and just plead guilty or “take your chances” in court, the consequences can be severe and your entire life may be impacted. You could be facing a substantial fine of more than $1,000, suspension of your driver’s license and a jail or prison sentence. In the case of a DUI, you could also be sentenced to a long period of probation with mandatory screening and counseling plus you may also face other negative consequences like the loss of reputation, loss of your job, and the inability to obtain future employment. The impact on your family may be just as harsh. Trying to defend yourself in serious cases of this nature is strongly discouraged. If you are indigent and cannot afford a private attorney, then you may request that a public defender be appointed to represent you, but it should be kept in mind that this attorney may or may not be expert in defending against criminal traffic violations and at the end of the case, you may be asked to pay all or part of the cost of that public attorney, if the court later determines that you can afford it.

Avoid Costly Consequences
Our experienced lawyers and defense experts will give you professional advice and the best chance of winning your case. In some cases, an initial reaction may be that “the legal fees are as much as or more than the ticket; why should I hire a lawyer?” However, it is important to consider that a conviction can have serious and costly consequences that can reach far beyond that original conviction:

  • License Suspension: Keeping points off your driving record is a critical part of your defense. An excessive number of points can result in the loss of your license which can dramatically affect not only your day-to-day life, but can also result in the loss of your job or the reluctance of an employer to hire you in the future. If you continue to drive on a suspended license, you can be arrested on a misdemeanor charge with serious penalties like jail and probation.
  • Increased Insurance Rates: A traffic conviction can cause your auto insurance rates to increase by hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year, not just in the year of conviction but for many years after. Insurance costs may increase by close to $900 over 3 years for just one speeding ticket. If you have several convictions on your record, your rates may double or triple; you may even find it impossible to obtain insurance at all.
  • Bad Credit: Your credit rating may be affected if you miss a court date or if you are convicted and fail to handle payment of any fines properly.
  • Traffic School: If you choose to just plead guilty or forfeit your bail at the outset, you may, in some instances, be eligible for the Traffic School point dismissal program. Going to Traffic School is a type of diversion, but it may also require an admission or finding of guilt; the citation is not "forgiven" nor does it just disappear. There’s a misconception that if Traffic School is granted by the court, there’s no effect, but even with a traffic school dismissal, the citation stays on your court record in the court's and Department of Motor Vehicle’s computer database once reported. You will still pay the fine as well as the cost of traffic school. As well, the record of the violation may be reported to the DMV and then be visible to your insurance company which may still consider the incident a point violation under your policy even if there is no point on your DMV record. Thus, although the point should not show up on your driving record, your insurance company may learn about the case and increase your premiums anyway. Because of the long-term consequences, we encourage all our clients to work with us to try and get their cases dismissed first, either by defending themselves or hiring us, and use traffic school only as a last resort. Note: The Court generally has discretion to either grant or deny traffic school, but traffic school is not available to commercial drivers, and level one traffic school is not generally available for people who have already been to traffic school within 18 months, who have had another ticket recently, who have missed their court dates, or who have a mandatory court appearance.

These are just some of the reasons why it is critical that you consider the long-term consequences of your decision on how best to handle your case, not just the cost of the ticket or the short-term legal fees.

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Our Defense Packages and Prices
Our experienced attorneys can help you in any type of traffic case, from traffic tickets to serious criminal charges. We have affordable plans to help you whether you have missed a court appearance, need to keep points off your record or just want to exercise your right to fight. During your free consultation, we’ll help you determine the best defense package for your situation from the choices below, one that meets your budget and goals. The prices quoted below are the standard fixed fees to begin defending you in each package and the prices in your specific case, including military and multiple case discounts, will be written in your attorney-client agreement.

CONSULTATION & LEGAL ADVICE

ALL CASES

FREE INITIAL CASE CONSULTATION – An experienced Case Analyst or traffic defense expert will review your case in a free 10-minute telephone consultation to help you understand your options and select one of the following legal packages to fight your case. Under California law, no legal advice may be provided during this consultation.
$79 LEGAL ADVICE BY AN ATTORNEY – After your free initial consultation with one of our Case Analysts, if you would still like legal advice before hiring our firm, then an experienced attorney will spend time reviewing your statement of facts and case documents, and provide you with 10-minutes of legal advice by email or telephone. The attorney will provide a discussion of important legal issues, including possible defenses in your case, and an explanation of which of our defense packages is right for your unique situation. We will apply 100% of these fees to any future legal fees required for us to execute the strategy designed during your case review. If your situation involves multiple cases, DMV suspension, unknown courts or otherwise requires investigation into your case, then you may be directed to choose our Case Review By An Attorney Package or our DMV Case Review Package which entail more in-depth legal work to devise a winning strategy to try and accomplish your goals within a budget that you control.

$299 CASE REVIEW BY AN ATTORNEY – We will determine the best strategy and/or possible defenses for your case(s) in order to help you accomplish your goals. This package is often an intelligent choice when your budget is limited or if you have two or more legal matters because it will help save you money on legal fees by allowing us to determine the most efficient and cost-effective strategy to help you. This package is especially important to utilize if you have more than one case in different courts and don't have all the information on one or more cases, or if the DMV is bringing an action against you to suspend your license. After contacting the courts and the DMV on your behalf, reviewing your case(s) and researching the law, an experienced attorney will create a personalized strategy to try and reach your goals, protect your license and save you money on legal fees. We will also apply 50% of the package fee to any future legal fees required for us to execute the strategy designed during your case review.

SELF-DEFENSE & TRIAL COACHING

CRIMINAL INFRACTION CASES (TRAFFIC TICKETS)

$499 SELF-DEFENSE TRIAL BY WRITTEN DECLARATION DEFENSE PACKAGE (Infractions Only) – After you initially request the Trial by Declaration (TBD) using the step-by-step detailed instructions we'll provide, an experienced, licensed criminal defense attorney will prepare a factual declaration specific to your case along with a statement of legal objections and detailed instructions, all of which will be provided to you before your filing deadline. There is no attorney case management or any attorney time beyond the professional preparation of the declaration, so this is our least expensive defense package, but one that will still increase your chances of winning at your TBD. While we will provide instructions, you will remain fully responsible for managing your case including initially requesting the TBD and paying your bail to the court, filing the final Request for a TBD documents with the court, and keeping up with deadlines. The court will notify you of the verdict by mail.
**IMPORTANT** - To qualify for this defense package, you must retain our firm at least 14 days before your initial due date on your citation (or 21 days before your TBD filing deadline if you've already requested a TBD from the court) or we may be unable to offer this package unless you can obtain an extension without losing your right to request a TBD. Some courts will not allow you to contest your citation via TBD if you obtain an extension of your initial due date so be sure to confirm that you may still fight via TBD if you plan to request an extension of time in order to utilize our legal services.

$599 SELF-DEFENSE COACHING PACKAGE (Infractions Only) – Defend yourself with our personalized, do-it-yourself coaching which includes 30 minutes of case review, sample document preparation and up to 30 minutes of email or telephonic legal advice and trial coaching by an experienced trial attorney to help you prepare for your court trial. Sample forms, motions, subpoenas and discovery requests will be provided if applicable to your case at your attorney's discretion.

ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION IN COURT

CRIMINAL INFRACTION CASES (TRAFFIC TICKETS)

$1,250 TRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE (Infractions Only) – In this defense package, an attorney will appear on your behalf to negotiate your case before your court bench trial (or Trial de Novo if you've been found guilty in a TBD) to try to get the charges dismissed or reduced to keep points off your record or otherwise resolved to your satisfaction. If negotiations do not accomplish your goals, then we will litigate (fight) your case at trial, cross examine the prosecution witness(es) and present any exculpatory evidence on your behalf in order to try and obtain a dismissal or a not guilty verdict so the case does not appear on your record. This package also includes an appearance at your mandatory appearance arraignment if no bail is set by the court; otherwise, if bail is set by the court, then you will remain responsible for providing us with bail to post on your behalf. To take advantage of this defense package, you must post your bail/fine with us before your initial court date. The bail will be refunded by the court if your case is dismissed.

$2,500 COMPLETE TRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE (Most Comprehensive Infraction Defense Package; Includes Pretrial Litigation) – If you want the best chance of winning, this package includes everything. It includes litigation both before and during the court bench trial appearance or Trial de Novo (TDN) where, if negotiations fail, we actually fight, cross examine the officer and present evidence on your behalf. In addition, we may also fight your case using pretrial negotiation and pretrial motions, and litigate at any mandatory appearance arraignment. If your case is not first dismissed or reduced to your satisfaction, an experienced trial attorney will personally defend you in your court bench trial to try and win your case. All this is included for one fixed fee*, but you remain responsible for paying any required bail/fine to the court which will be refunded by the court if we win your case.

$3,500 APPEAL/WRIT DEFENSE PACKAGE (Infractions Only) - If another attorney represented you or you represented yourself and you were found guilty after a bench trial, then we can represent you in all stages of your appeal. We will conduct all necessary legal research, prepare your settled statement and appear on your behalf at your hearing to determine the settled statement on appeal, prepare any supporting and/or opposing briefs, and appear at all court hearings and oral arguments in order to try and persuade the appellate division or District Court of Appeal to overturn your conviction and dismiss your case or grant a new trial. A notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days from the date you were convicted in most courts so in order for us to help you properly, you must retain us at least one week before your filing deadline.

SERIOUS CRIMINAL CASES

$5,000+ MISDEMEANOR PRETRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE – We will investigate your case and defend you at your misdemeanor arraignment to try to get the charges dismissed or reduced. If your case is not dismissed or settled at arraignment and representation is needed beyond this hearing, then you may choose to have us litigate up to your court trial. If you decide that you want to fight the case at a bench or jury trial, then additional legal fees will be required at least 30 days before trial.

$7,500+ JUVENILE MISDEMEANOR PRETRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE – We will defend your under 18-year-old child's delinquency case and defend him/her at the detention hearing to try and get the charges dismissed, reduced or diverted through an alternative sentencing program by negotiating with the District Attorney's Office and the Probation Department. If representation is needed beyond this hearing, then an experienced juvenile delinquency attorney will litigate your child's case before trial for no additional charge. If you and your child decide that you want to fight the case at trial, then additional legal fees will be required at least 30 days before the initial trial date.

$10,000+ FELONY PRETRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE – We will investigate your case and defend you at your felony arraignment to try and get the charges dismissed or reduced. If your case is not dismissed or settled at your arraignment, we will defend you in your Preliminary Hearing to try and get the charges dismissed. If your case is not dismissed or settled at your Preliminary Hearing and representation is needed beyond this hearing, we can litigate up to your court trial, including all pretrial conferences and motion hearings, depending on the severity of the charges and amount of work required to defend you. If you decide that you want to fight the case at trial, then additional legal fees will be required at least 30 days before the initial trial date.

ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION

DMV HEARINGS

$299 DMV CASE REVIEW BY AN ATTORNEY – We will determine the best strategy to protect your license from DMV suspension and we will help save you money on legal fees because we'll determine the most efficient and cost-effective strategy to help you. This package is especially important if the DMV is bringing a negligent operator action against you to suspend your license or if you have more than one case in different courts and don't have all the information on one or more cases. After contacting the courts and the DMV, reviewing your case and researching the law, an experienced attorney will create a personalized strategy to try and reach your goals, protect your license and save you money on legal fees. We will also apply 50% of the package fee to any future legal fees required for us to execute the strategy designed during your case review.

$1,799 DMV DEFENSE PACKAGE (DMV License Suspensions) – We will defend in your DMV hearing. If the DMV is planning to suspend or revoke your driver's license for too many points, DUI, medical or other reasons, an experienced DMV attorney will fight to protect your license by filing and arguing any necessary prehearing motions, conducting any necessary investigation and discovery, and litigating your case at your DMV Hearing. WARNING: The DMV often imposes strict time limits on hearing requests so if you have not already requested a hearing, be sure to contact our firm today to discuss your options.

Fixed Fees and Other Costs
All prices quoted above are our standard fixed legal fees for each package. There are no additional legal costs or hidden charges, but the fixed fees quoted above do not include court costs such as bail or fines, nor do they include costs for third party services such as investigators, experts or personal delivery charges to the court (to protect you, we pay for and deliver most important court documents in person to the court by Federal Express courier services with signature confirmation). You will remain responsible for those additional costs, if required, but we will not engage any experts or investigators on your behalf without discussing the matter with you first and obtaining your advance permission.

All legal fees in your specific case will be set out in your engagement letter and/or your attorney-client agreement and will be dependent on the type of case, the difficulty of the case and the location of the court. However, if you think you are charged with an infraction and we quote you the fees described above, but after you send us your documents and legal fees, we determine that you are actually charged with a more serious misdemeanor or felony, then the legal fees in your case will need to be modified. At that point, we would give you the option to either hire us for additional legal fees or terminate our help, and, in the event of termination, we would keep the availability retainer portion of the Legal Fees (about 50%). As well, you may always terminate representation for a FULL REFUND at any time before we execute a written agreement for services, or absent a written agreement, at any time before we begin any work on your case. We also reserve the right to terminate representation if additional legal fees become necessary to defend you and you choose not to incur the expense.

Please note that in all cases the legal fees do not include your bail or fine amount which you remain responsible for paying and which will be refunded by the court if we are able to persuade the court to dismiss your case (the court may keep some or all of your bail if a plea agreement is entered).

Short Notice May Require Additional 'Fast Track' Fees*
If there is only a short amount of time between when we are hired and a court date, we can usually still help you in order to protect your license, but it may necessitate charging additional fees to pay for expenses we would not have otherwise incurred, depending on when you made initial contact with our firm. These expenses would include faster couriers, additional expedited contact with the courts, staff and attorney time, etc. as well as the substantial and unexpected pressure it puts on the firm to ensure your deadlines are met while still managing our existing schedule planned for that time. To cover some of these expenses, we may find it necessary to charge a “Fast Track" Fee:

  • 14-Day RuleIf your initial court date is within 14 days, it may necessitate up to an additional $100 Fast Track Fee
    Be sure to write “URGENT COURT DATE” on the top of your envelope, fax cover page or email subject line. However, we will not be able to help you until you send all the items described below, so please follow these instructions today so we can help you right away.
  • 3-Day RuleIf your court date is within three days, it may necessitate up to an additional $200 Fast Track Fee
    Time is critically urgent, so please be sure to CALL US today to coordinate receipt of your documents and legal fees on time.

*We do not charge a fast track fee if you contact us for the very first time about your case within two weeks of your next court date.

Hiring Us to Defend You
You can hire us to defend you right now through our website by clicking the link below or during your free consultation. We will begin representing you immediately after you retain our firm by clicking on the link below, completing your client questionnaire and attorney-client agreement, and paying the required legal fees. We will do everything we can to help you complete this process before your court date.

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Thank you again for considering the Law Firm of Tait & Associates to defend you. We look forward to fighting for you!

Respectfully,
Arthur Tait

Arthur F. Tait III, Esq.
Managing Attorney
Law Firm of Tait & Associates
8335 Sunset Blvd., Suite 359 | West Hollywood, California 90069
Website: www.TaitLawFirm.com | Email: Arthur@TaitLawFirm.com

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DESCRIPTION OF DEFENSE PACKAGES

CONSULTATION & LEGAL ADVICE
ALL CASES

INITIAL CASE CONSULTATION (Free)
An experienced Case Analyst or traffic defense expert will discuss your case(s) and help you understand your options and select the best defense package for your needs. Under California law, no legal advice may be provided during this consultation.

LEGAL ADVICE BY AN ATTORNEY PACKAGE (from $79)
After your free initial consultation with one of our Case Analysts, if you would like legal advice, then an experienced attorney will spend time reviewing your statement of facts and case documents from only $79, and provide you with 10-minutes of legal advice by telephone with a discussion of important legal issues, including possible defenses in your case, and an explanation of which of our defense packages is right for your unique situation. We will apply 100% of these fees to any future legal fees required for us to execute the strategy designed during your case review. If your situation involves multiple cases, DMV suspension, unknown courts or otherwise requires investigation into your case, then you may be directed to choose our Case Review by an Attorney package or our DMV Case Review Package which entail more in-depth legal work to devise a winning strategy within your budget. Also, if you require additional time by the attorney under this package, then you may purchase that time in advance at minimum one hour increments for $500/hour.

CASE REVIEW BY AN ATTORNEY PACKAGE (from $299)
We will determine the best strategy and/or possible defenses for your case(s) in order to help you accomplish your goals from only $299. This package is often an intelligent choice when your budget is limited or if you have two or more legal matters because it will help save you money on legal fees by allowing us to determine the most efficient and cost-effective strategy to help you. We will apply 50% of these fees to any future legal fees required for us to execute the strategy designed during your case review. This package is especially important to utilize if you have more than one case in different courts and don't have all the information on one or more cases. Specifically, this package includes all the following:

  1. Calls or letters to the DMV and courts that you identify to obtain information about your pending or prior criminal traffic case(s)
  2. A review of all relevant documentation that you provide or which may be received from the courts and/or DMV relating to your case(s) and researching the law
  3. Preparation of a defense strategy by an experienced attorney who will propose the best way to try and protect or reinstate your driving privileges

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SELF-DEFENSE & TRIAL COACHING
CRIMINAL INFRACTION CASES (TRAFFIC TICKETS)

SELF-DEFENSE TRIAL BY WRITTEN DECLARATION DEFENSE PACKAGE (from $499*) - Infractions Only
An experienced, licensed criminal defense attorney will prepare a declaration specific to your case, based on facts that you provide, as well as a statement of legal objections from only $499*. We’ll provide step-by-step instructions for initially requesting a TBD plus your completed declaration to you before your court filing deadline with detailed instructions for filing with the court. A Trial by Written Declaration (TBD) requires that the citing officer also write a sworn declaration and then the judge or traffic commissioner will make a decision based on the two declarations, after which the court will notify you of the verdict by mail. With this defense package, you will be fully responsible for managing your case including initially requesting the TBD using our instructions and remitting your bail to the court, filing the documents with the court on time, and keeping up with court deadlines, including the deadline to request a Trial de Novo (TDN) if you are found guilty in the TBD, in which case you can try to use the officer’s statement to help you. Although this defense package is not as likely to win as our other packages because it does not include any professional case management or any attorney time beyond the professional preparation of your declaration, it is our least expensive defense package and it can help increase your chances of winning at the next court Trial de Novo. Note that you must post/remit bail well in advance of your appearance deadline in order to fight a case using a TBD defense and how to remit your bail is part of the instructions. Note also that the TBD is NOT available if you’re charged with a serious traffic crime like a misdemeanor or felony, or if you've already missed your court date.

**IMPORTANT** - To qualify for this defense package, you must retain our firm at least 14 days before your initial due date on your citation (or 21 days before your TBD filing deadline if you've already initially requested a TBD from the court) or we may be unable to offer this package unless you can obtain an extension without losing your right to request a TBD. Some courts will not allow you to contest your citation via TBD if you obtain an extension of your initial due date so be sure to confirm that you may still fight via TBD if you plan to request an extension of time in order to utilize our legal services. Specifically, this defense package includes all the following:

  1. A review of your case by an experienced, licensed attorney who will determine the best defense strategy and legal objections specific to your case
  2. Declaration and legal objections written by the same attorney based on the facts that you provide
  3. A unique set of legal arguments and/or legal objections unique to the facts of your case and written by your same attorney
  4. Step-by-step instructions for initially requesting your TBD and paying your bail as well as filing your final TR-205 Request for a TBD with your declaration

SELF DEFENSE COACHING PACKAGE (from $599*) - Infractions only; NOT available for misdemeanor or felony clients
We will coach you from only $599* in a personalized self-defense course on how to fight your own ticket. This defense package gives you the basic ammunition and legal arguments necessary to have a chance to win your own case in court and includes attorney time. However, beyond the items below, you will be responsible for your own case including filing any required documents with the court on time. Additional attorney time will require advance payment of attorney's hourly rate of $500/hour billed in one hour increments. Specifically, this defense package includes all the following:

  1. A thirty-minute review of your case and sample document preparation by an experienced trial attorney who will determine your defense strategy and legal arguments specific to your case
  2. Up to thirty-minutes of email or telephone consultation, legal advice and trial coaching by an experienced trial attorney.
  3. Sample forms, motions, subpoenas and discovery requests that you can use to try to win your case
  4. Instructions for dealing with the court, the prosecutor and any witnesses

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ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION IN COURT
CRIMINAL INFRACTION CASES (TRAFFIC TICKETS)

TRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE (from $1,250*) - Infractions only - Arraignment, Trial by Written Declaration, Pretrial Negotiation & Trial Litigation
In this defense package available from only $1,250*, we will set a date for your court bench trial (or Trial De Novo if you were already found guilty in the Trial by Declaration) where you will be represented by an experienced attorney who will appear on your behalf before your court trial to negotiate your case to try and get your charges dismissed, reduced or otherwise resolved to your satisfaction. Although this package includes an appearance at your arraignment if no bail is set by the court, additional appearances ordered by the court over our objection may be billed at $599 per appearance unless other arrangements are made in writing with our firm. However, if pretrial negotiations do not accomplish your goals, then this defense package does include litigation during your court bench trial or representation in more than one court trial appearance if the additional trial appearances are made at our request. To take advantage of this defense package and in order to have your case set for court bench trial, you must post your bail which will be refunded by the court if your case is dismissed, but you must send the bail to our office at least two weeks before your due date and be sure to make your bail check payable to the Clerk of Court. Specifically, this package includes all the following at your attorney’s discretion:

  1. A thirty-minute review of your case by an experienced trial attorney to determine your defense negotiation strategy and any legal arguments specific to your case
  2. Research into the legal defenses specific to the facts of your case
  3. Court appearance at your arraignment to negotiate your case and enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf
  4. Preparation of your Trial by Written Declaration (at your attorney's discretion and if available) by an experienced attorney in coordination with your research attorney
  5. Preparation of a supplemental declaration of additional legal arguments specific to the facts of your case (in some cases)
  6. A written discovery request for copies of all evidence against you at your Attorney's discretion (provided you have hired our firm at least 21 days prior to your court trial date)
  7. Representation before your court bench trial to negotiate with the prosecution and/or court for dismissal, reduced charges or other acceptable plea agreement
  8. Representation in your court bench trial to present any exculpatory or mitigating evidence, cross examine the prosecution witness(es), and try to obtain a dismissal or acquittal on your behalf.

COMPLETE TRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE (from $2,500*) – Infractions only- Arraignment, Trial by Written Declaration, Pretrial Negotiation, Pretrial Litigation & Trial Litigation
We will defend you from only $2,500* in any traffic ticket infraction requiring an initial court appearance by using our Complete Defense Package. This is our most comprehensive infraction package which includes an appearance at any mandatory appearance arraignment and in a TBD, requested at your attorney’s discretion, provided a TBD is also available and allowed by the Court. We also conduct pretrial negotiations, argue pretrial motions, conduct discovery and defend you in your court trial. Specifically, this package includes all the following:

  1. The drafting, filing and arguing any available prearraignment motions like a demurrer
  2. Court appearance at your arraignment to negotiate your case and enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf
  3. Preparation of your Trial by Written Declaration (at your attorney's discretion and if available) by an experienced attorney in coordination with your research attorney
  4. Preparation of a supplemental declaration of additional legal arguments specific to the facts of your case (in some cases)
  5. A written discovery request for copies of all evidence against you (provided you have hired our firm at least 21 days prior to your court trial date)
  6. The drafting, filing and arguing of any pretrial motions for applicable discovery and evidentiary violations
  7. The drafting and filing of a written request for court bench trial (or Trial de Novo)
  8. Investigation into facts of your case & research of legal defenses specific to your case
  9. Service of subpoenas on all necessary witnesses and to obtain any helpful documentary evidence
  10. Representation in any pretrial hearings like discovery motions or pretrial conferences
  11. Representation in your court trial if your case is not resolved or dismissed sooner in an acceptable plea agreement

APPEAL/WRIT DEFENSE PACKAGE (from $3,500*) - Infractions Only
We will defend you in your criminal infraction appeal from only $3,500 if you retain us at least seven days prior to your initial filing deadline to file your notice of appeal which must be filed no more than 30 days after your verdict was rendered. We will handle all stages of your appeal, but this defense package does not include more than one appeal. Should you desire to have part or all of your appeal reviewed by a subsequent appellate court (District Court of Appeal or California Supreme Court), then additional fees would be required depending on the amount of additional work needed in your Attorney's opinion. Also, the cost for any transcripts or tape copies is not included in the legal fee set out above. Specifically, this package includes all the following:

  1. The drafting and filing of your notice of appeal (or petition for writ).
  2. The drafting and filing of your proposed statement on appeal (or factual summary for a writ petition).
  3. Court appearance at any hearing to settle the statement on appeal (or any necessary court appearances to support your writ petition).
  4. The research, drafting and filing of your opening brief or memorandum in support of your writ petition.
  5. The research, drafting and filing of any necessary reply brief, in Attorney's discretion.
  6. The negotiation of your case with opposing counsel.
  7. Court appearance for oral argument to persuade the court to grant your appeal/writ.

SERIOUS CRIMINAL CASES

MISDEMEANOR PRETRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE (from $5,000*)
We will defend you from only $5,000* in the arraignment and all pretrial appearances or hearings in your misdemeanor case to try to get your case dismissed or reduced in an acceptable plea agreement. Specifically, this package includes all the following:

  1. All negotiation efforts with the prosecution to try to get your case dismissed or reduced in a plea agreement
  2. Investigation into your case
  3. Filing a demurrer to get your case dismissed before arraignment, if applicable
  4. Court appearance at your arraignment
  5. A written discovery request for copies of all evidence against you (provided you have hired our firm at least 21 days prior to your initial court date)
  6. Appearances by a trial attorney at all your future pretrial court dates (but not trial without additional legal fees if you desire to go to trial)
  7. A pretrial motion for any discovery, evidentiary or other violations
  8. Investigation into the facts of your case
  9. Service of Subpoenas on all necessary witnesses and to obtain any helpful documentary evidence
  10. Pretrial motions and appearance by trial attorney to argue and negotiate any legal reason for dismissal including discovery violations

Supplementary Misdemeanor Trial Package: If the case is not resolved either through dismissal or an acceptable plea agreement (you control this decision) at least 30 days before your trial date, then this defense package provides appearances by a trial attorney at your trial (jury trial or court trial) for additional legal fees usually between $5,000 and $15,000, depending on the complexity of your case. Trial fees are separate and must be paid at least 30 days before trial.

JUVENILE MISDEMEANOR PRETRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE (from $7,500*)
We will defend your under 18-year-old child’s delinquency case from only $7,500* and defend him/her at the detention hearing to try and get the charges dismissed, reduced or diverted through an alternative sentencing program by negotiating with the District Attorney’s Office and the Probation Department. If representation is needed beyond this hearing, then an experienced juvenile delinquency attorney will litigate your child’s case before trial for no additional charge. If you and your child later decide that you want to fight the case at trial, then additional legal fees will be required.

  1. All negotiation efforts with the prosecution to try to get your child's case dismissed or reduced in a plea agreement
  2. Investigation into your child's case
  3. Filing a motion to get your child's case dismissed or diverted before the initial court date, if applicable
  4. Court appearance at your child's initial court date
  5. A written discovery request for copies of all evidence against your child (provided you hired our firm at least 21 days prior to the initial court date)
  6. Appearances by a juvenile litigation attorney at all your child's future pretrial court dates (but not trial without additional legal fees if your child desires to go to trial)
  7. A pretrial motion for any discovery, evidentiary or other violations
  8. Investigation into the facts of your child's case
  9. Service of Subpoenas on all necessary witnesses and to obtain any helpful documentary evidence
  10. Pretrial motions and appearance by a juvenile litigation attorney to argue and negotiate any legal reason for dismissal including discovery violations

Supplementary Juvenile Misdemeanor Trial Package: If the case is not resolved either through dismissal or an acceptable plea agreement (you and your child will control this decision) at least 30 days before your trial date, then this defense package provides appearances by a trial attorney at your child’s trial (jury trial or court trial) for additional legal fees usually between $5,000 and $15,000, depending on the complexity of your child's case. Trial fees are separate and must be paid at least 30 days before trial.

FELONY PRETRIAL DEFENSE PACKAGE (from $10,000*)
We investigate your case and defend you at your felony arraignment to try and get the charges dismissed or reduced. If your case is not dismissed or settled at your arraignment, then we will defend you in your Preliminary Hearing to try and get the charges dismissed. If your case is not dismissed or settled at your Preliminary Hearing and representation is needed beyond this hearing, then we can litigate up to your court trial, including all pretrial conferences and motion hearings, from only $10,000*, depending on the severity of the charges and amount of anticipated work required to defend you. Specifically, this package includes all the following:

  1. All negotiation efforts with the prosecution to try to get your case dismissed or reduced in a plea agreement
  2. Investigation into your case
  3. Filing a demurrer to get your case dismissed before arraignment, if applicable
  4. Court appearance at your arraignment
  5. A written discovery request for copies of all evidence against you (provided you have hired our firm at least 21 days prior to your initial court date)
  6. Any necessary motion hearings up to the Preliminary Hearing
  7. Court appearance at your Preliminary Hearing

Supplementary Felony Pretrial Court Package: If the case is not resolved either through dismissal or an acceptable plea agreement (you control this decision) at or before the Preliminary Hearing, then this defense package provides appearances by a trial attorney at all your future pretrial court dates, motion hearings and pretrial conferences for additional legal fees usually between $5,000 and $15,000, depending on the complexity of your case. Trial fees are separate and must be paid at least 30 days before trial. Specifically, this package includes all the following:

  1. A pretrial motion for any discovery, evidentiary or other violations
  2. Investigation into all facts of your case
  3. Service of subpoenas on all relevant witnesses and to obtain any helpful documentary evidence
  4. Pretrial motions and appearance by trial attorney to argue any legal reason for dismissal including discovery violations

Supplementary Felony Trial Package: If the case is not resolved either through dismissal or an acceptable plea agreement (you control this decision) at least 30 days before your felony trial date, then this defense package provides appearances by a trial attorney at your trial (jury trial or court trial) for additional legal fees usually between $15,000 and $75,000, depending on the complexity of your case. Trial fees are separate and must be paid at least 30 days before trial.

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ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION
DMV HEARINGS

DMV CASE REVIEW BY AN ATTORNEY (from $299*)
We will determine the best strategy to protect your license from DMV suspension from only $299*. After contacting the courts and the DMV, reviewing your case and researching the law, an experienced attorney will create a personalized strategy to try and reach your goals and protect your license. We will apply 50% of these fees to any future legal fees required for us to execute the strategy designed during your case review. Specifically, this package includes all the following:

  1. Calls or letters to the DMV and courts that you identify to obtain information about your pending or prior criminal traffic case(s)
  2. A review of all relevant documentation that you provide or which may be received from the courts and/or DMV relating to your case(s)
  3. Preparation of a defense strategy by an experienced attorney who will propose the best way to try and protect or reinstate your driving privileges

DMV DEFENSE PACKAGE (DMV License Suspensions) (from $1,799*)
We will defend you in your DMV hearing from only $1,799*. If the DMV is planning to suspend or revoke your drivers license for too many points, DUI, medical or other reasons, an experienced DMV attorney will fight to protect your license by filing and arguing any necessary prehearing motions, conducting any necessary investigation and discovery, and litigating your case at your DMV Hearing. WARNING: The DMV often imposes strict time limits on hearing requests, so if you have not already requested a hearing, be sure to contact our firm today to discuss your options. Specifically, this package includes all the following:

  1. The drafting and filing of our letter of representation to the DMV
  2. A review of all relevant documentation that you provide or which may be received from the courts and/or DMV relating to your case(s)
  3. The drafting, filing and arguing any available prehearing motions
  4. Investigation into facts of your case & research of legal defenses specific to your case
  5. Coordination with any expert witnesses or investigators that you retain to testify on your behalf
  6. Service of Subpoenas on all necessary witnesses, and to obtain any helpful documentary evidence
  7. Appearance at your DMV hearing either telephonically or in person in order to challenge the Department's case against you and litigate on your behalf


* Any subsequent court appearances may require additional fees. As well, you will remain responsible for paying your bail or fine amount as well as any additional costs for third party services that you may require such as investigators, experts or personal/expedited delivery charges to the court (to protect you, we pay for and deliver most important court documents in person to the court by Federal Express courier services with signature confirmation). However, we will not engage any experts or investigators on your behalf without discussing the matter with you first and obtaining your advance permission.

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