A hearing is a proceeding before a court, and is much shorter and less formal than a trial. If your case is assigned a hearing, it is a chance for our attorney to present the case directly to the judge in order to receive the best results for you.
Only 1% of our clients are typically required to attend their hearing, but depending on the county the case is in or the nature of the case, the judge may require our client, the defendant, to be present. It is ultimately the judge's decision whether or not the client must be present for the hearing, but regardless of whether or not our client is required to be present at the hearing, our attorney will be there to present the case.
At the hearing, the judge allows the attorney for the defendant to argue the case and provide evidence to sway the judge in favor of granting the relief that the client is seeking.
If you are unable to make it then we can file a motion to request that your personal presence be excused from the hearing. However, if the judge is requiring your attendance, it is highly advised to attend, as it may affect the outcome of your case.
In order to prepare for your hearing, it is best to:
Getting ready for your hearing is simple. The attorney representing you will have all the necessary documentation ready in order to fully present your case in the hearing. You will not have to bring any documents to the courtroom.
If you plan on attending the hearing or have any questions about your hearing date, please notify your case manager directly via email so that your attorney can get in contact with you to meet before or at the hearing.
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