FAQ

Do I have to attend hearings?

You do not have to attend the hearings unless notified by our office that your attendance is required. However, you must call our office immediately after receiving notices of hearings to confirm that we have also received those settings.

Am I entitled to have a jury trial?

You are entitled to have a jury decide whether you violated the traffic laws, however, a jury trial usually takes most of a day to complete and is expensive. If you want a jury trial, you must consult with our office for the appropriate fee. Our usual $60 fee does not include a trial by jury.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

Although every case is different, it is not unusual for cases to take 8 to 14 months before they are resolved.

What is a Defensive Driving Course?

We will try to get your case dismissed. However, if, in our professional judgment, we believe it is not possible, and your ticket is for a moving violation, we will ask the Court to let you attend a defensive driving course. You will be required to pay some court fees and the cost of the course, attend the course and take the certificate of completion to the municipal court or a El Paso Police Department substation within 90 days. After you provide proof that you have completed the course and have current insurance, the Court will dismiss your case. However, if you do not pay the fees, attend the course and take the completed certificate to the court, the Court will change its decision and will find you guilty. You will then be responsible for paying the fine and your insurance company will be notified that you were found guilty, which will most likely result in an increase in your insurance premium.

It is your responsibility to sign up for, pay for and attend the class. Do not sign up for the class until you are told by our office to do so. If you attend the class before the Court orders you to take it, you might not receive credit for your attendance and will have to pay for and attend the class again.

If you do not want to take defensive driving classes and we decide based on the evidence to plead guilty on your behalf, we will ask the court to reduce your fine. The amount of the fine is strictly up to the judge.

What other types of cases do you handle?

We also handle criminal matters in State and Federal courts, juvenile defense, adoptions and some appeals. We will also draft a simple will for you for $100 (Contact our office for more details).

A warrant has been Issued for my arrest by the Municipal Court. Can you help me?

Yes, we can.  We handle warrants for Non-Commercial Drivers Licenses ($100 for the first citation; $50 for every additional citation on the same ticket), Commercial Drivers Licenses ($150 for the first citation; $50 for every additional citation on the same ticket), and for Non-Traffic Related Class C Misdemeanors ($150 for the first citation; $50 for every additional citation on the same ticket).  You can hire us online for all types of warrants as well.

I received a ticket for a Class C Misdemeanor that is not traffic related. Can you help me?

Yes, we can.  Common Class C Misdemeanors include:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Public intoxication
  • “Hot” checks less than $20
  • Simple assault
  • Criminal trespassing
  • Gambling
  • Bail jumping
  • Leaving a child in a vehicle
  • Petty theft such as shoplifting under $50
  • Possession of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Minor in possession of tobacco
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

We charge $100 for the first citation and $50 for every additional citation on the same ticket for a ticket that has not become a warrant yet.  If it is a warrant, we charge $150 for the first citation and $50 for every additional citation on the same ticket.