If you would like to hire Mr. Sheehan to fight your traffic infraction or criminal traffic charge, please follow these instructions:
1. In order to fight your ticket, you must request a “Contested Hearing” (from the Court listed on your ticket) within 15 days of receiving the ticket. If you miss the 15-day deadline, you will not be permitted to fight the ticket.
2. If you recently received the ticket (that is, within the past 15 days), you can hire Mr. Sheehan to fight the ticket by mailing or delivering to the Law Office of Michael D. Sheehan the original ticket, our fee agreement (which you can download from the “Fee Agreement” section of this site), and the appropriate fee (see the “Fees” section of this site). Mr. Sheehan cannot begin work on your case until he has received all three (3) of these items.
3. Once Mr. Sheehan has received all three (3) items, he will notify you that he has received them. He will then request a “Contested Hearing” on your behalf and begin preparing for your hearing.
4. If you have already requested a Contested Hearing, you can hire Mr. Sheehan to fight the ticket by mailing or delivering to the Law Office of Michael D. Sheehan a copy of the ticket and/or written notice of your Contested Hearing date* (if you have received notice from the Court), our fee agreement (which you can download from the “Fee Agreement” section of this site), and the appropriate fee (see the “Fees” section of this site). Mr. Sheehan cannot begin work on your case until he has received all three (3) of these items.
*If you do not have either a copy of the ticket, or written notice of your Contested Hearing date, please be sure to provide Mr. Sheehan with your case information by answering the questions on the bottom of our “Fee Agreement.”
5. Once Mr. Sheehan has received all three (3) items, he will notify you, request a Contested Hearing on your behalf, and begin preparing for your hearing.
6. If you requested a “Mitigation Hearing” from the Court, but now wish to fight your ticket, Mr. Sheehan will ask the Court to change your Mitigation Hearing to a Contested Hearing.
7. If you received a ticket alleging that you lacked required documentation (e.g., “No Proof of Vehicle Insurance”, “No Driver’s License on Person”, “Expired Vehicle Registration”, etc.), it will be necessary for Mr. Sheehan to present your documents to the Court on your behalf. Please be sure to provide Mr. Sheehan with a legible copy of the necessary paperwork.
8. Eventually, you should receive notice in the mail from the Court informing you of your “Contested Hearing” date/time. If you have already hired Mr. Sheehan (see above), you do not need to notify Mr. Sheehan of your hearing date. The Court will notify Mr. Sheehan at the same time that it notifies you.
9. In most cases, you will not need to attend your “Contested Hearing.” If Mr. Sheehan believes that you should attend the hearing, he will notify you prior to the hearing. If you do attend the hearing, keep in mind that you will improve our chances for success if you dress appropriately.
1. Please call Mr. Sheehan immediately to discuss your case and make an appointment at his office. Even if you have already attended your Arraignment (first court date) or your Pre-Trial hearing (second court date), it is not too late to hire an attorney. Mr. Sheehan is available and will not charge for consultation.
2. In order to assist you, Mr. Sheehan will need to review some or all of the following documents: Your criminal (yellow) citation; written notice of your next court date; correspondence that you have received from the Department of Licensing (if any); and any other documents that you were given by the police, the prosecutor’s office, or the Court. If you have scheduled an appointment with Mr. Sheehan, please provide Mr. Sheehan with copies of your paperwork either before or during your appointment.