Coronavirus and the Courts
If you or your loved one has received a citation for a DUI, has been arrested for a DUI, or has an open DUI case in the courts right now, please read this, and then, if we can help you, please call us today at 503.223.3422.1. There is a legal tidal wave coming, and I’m truly concerned that a lot of folks are going to fall through the cracks and be harmed.
Our police are now charging people with DUI by giving them citations with first court dates starting a month or more into the future. Our courts are unable to deal with all the cases already in the system and are pushing these cases out a month or more into the future. This means that in four to six weeks, the sheer volume of all these cases will swamp the courts, district attorney’s offices, court appointed attorneys and, frankly, most private law firms. Please don’t put your faith into ‘the system’ to look out for your best interests – I’m afraid a lot of people are going to fall through the cracks and be seriously harmed.
Reynolds Defense Firm knows this is coming, and we are working with our clients not just to avoid harm but to actually take advantage of legal opportunities that will present themselves. We remain open for business (just by phone instead of in-person) and our legal team is working hard to get every one of our clients into the best position to come out ahead during this experience. The more time we have to work with you on your case, the better we can help you in this same way, so please don’t wait until the last minute to talk with us.2. You wouldn’t want to hire an attorney who was leaving for a two-week vacation when you needed him or her the most, but if your attorney gets sick in the middle of your case, who takes care of you? Now more than ever, please hire a legal team, not a single attorney, to help you.
I wouldn’t normally be this blunt, because there are some great solo attorneys that I do respect, but right now, with the coronavirus reality with us, you want a legal team representing you, and I say this from personal experience. Back in 2009 I was a solo attorney and I caught the swine flu. I didn’t have a legal team to back me up then, so I did my best by myself, as I’m sure every attorney would do, but I remember trying to drag myself off the couch to take care of my clients, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, attorney or client. Please don’t let that happen to you. Hire a legal team, not a solo attorney right now.
Reynolds Defense Firm’s legal team of six lawyers and five legal assistants are working remotely and using technology to share case information and stay in touch with each other. If one of us does fall ill, the rest of us are ready to step up to continue to take great care of our clients.3. When deciding which law firm to work with, please ask questions about how the law firm has responded to the coronavirus and be sure that whomever you choose to work with is in the right headspace to be able to focus their attention on taking care of you.
At the end of the day, law firms are businesses, and many businesses are closing their doors right now. Many small business owners, including law firm owners, are having a hard time with their own professional and personal life situations. Please ask whatever questions you need to in order to feel comfortable that the law firm you choose has the business stability necessary to focus on you and your case.4. Each courthouse is handling this situation differently – some courts are open, some are closed, and some are open for certain cases but not others. These same courthouses are also changing their own policies, sometimes daily, and courthouse websites are not always keeping up with the changes.
Reynolds Defense Firm is on top of this. In fact, we even had a judge complement us for being the only firm in an entire courthouse who is thinking ahead and truly taking care of clients during this challenging time.
When I say that I hope you never need to call us, I mean it. And when I say that we’re here if you need us, I mean that too. Choosing the right law firm to help you is always important, but it has taken on ever more meaning right now. If you need legal help, I truly believe Reynolds Defense Firm is your best option, and if we choose to work together, I promise we’ll do our absolute best for you.