Help Me, Help You

I can do my job much better when a client stays in touch with me and follows my directions. For example, a couple of days ago I had a DUI case up in court that had solid grounds for rescission of the driver’s statutory summary suspension. I filed a Petition to Rescind in open court and the prosecutor attempted to confess (admit) the petition. The judge hesitated accepting the confession because there wasn’t any information about the summary suspension in the court file. Thankfully, this client is excellent about promptly giving me any documents or information I ask him to give me. In my file, I had a copy of the document the Illinois Secretary of State sent to him confirming his statutory summary suspension. I gave this document to the judge, and the judge, after reviewing the document, accepted the State’s confession of the petition. If my client had not promptly sent me this document, it would have not been in my file and I would not have been able to show it to the judge. My client and I would have had to make an additional trip to court and the rescission process would have been delayed. This client helped me help him.

Jeremy Richey

4 Responses to “Help Me, Help You”

  1. 1 ambimb February 1, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Great story, and it strikes me that this is another reason defendants with more resources ($) end up getting better outcomes in our justice system. More sophisticated defendants, those with more education, those with homes where they can receive and organize and file mail so it is available to them when they need it — these clients are generally better able to assist in their own defense. Public defenders often represent people who are homeless, who haven’t received or paid any attention to any mail in years, and who can even become paralyzed when you ask them to call the Secretary of State to see if they could get a copy of the letter that they probably threw away. Clients who help you help them can make a tremendous difference for themselves, but sadly, the more money a client has, the more likely he/she will be able to help…

  2. 2 Jeremy February 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    You’re absolutely right.

  3. 3 Scott Ealy February 2, 2009 at 7:09 pm


    Another great post (and the video clip was a nice touch)!


  4. 4 Natalie February 10, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Love how you made your point using a popular video clip. Shows readers who aren’t lawyers that you have more to you than just the lawyerly stereotype while simultaneously driving your point home. Steve Gursten, who blogs on, is currently writing a series on client mistakes in a lawsuit. This falls along the same lines. Thanks!

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