Law Offices of Sherman M Ellison & Associates – Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ

Please note that my review is based solely on a telephone inquiry I made. I did not hire this law firm.Back in January I received a red light camera ticket violation from someone else driving my car. I initially hiredticketbust.comto write and file a trial by written declaration. They totally messed up my paperwork and I was found guilty. I then thought about hiring an actual attorney to help me out and so I contacted this law firm to get more information. I may not be a lawyer, but I know enough about the law to know when I'm being lied to. I know for a fact that in order to be found guilty of one of these violations, the court has to prove that I was the person driving the vehicle. It is not my responsibility to identify the person who was driving. The burden on finding that person falls on the state, not on me.I spoke with a representative from this law firm who tried to scare me by saying if I went to court on my own without a proper defense, I would most likely be found guilty again since I did in fact have to identify the person driving AND in most cases the judge will not allow me to attend traffic school. That was my first clue I couldn't trust this law firm. When I asked how much it would cost to hire them to fight my ticket, the woman said $1,500! First of all, even if I was found guilty and couldn't attend traffic school, the increase in my car insurance wouldn't even total $1,500 over the next 5 years! She claimed they had to dedicate multiple hours of work on this case. I guess I'm confused. If your law firm is dedicated to these types of tickets, and if you win 90% of your cases, then why will it take HOURS upon HOURS to research my specific case? Anyway, I then asked if I did hire them and I was part of the 10% of their clients who are still found guilty, if they offered a money back guarantee. She said no. The fee was $1,500 whether they won or lost. I'm sorry, but any reputable company in my opinion provides a guarantee. If you truly do win 90% of your cases, then why not provide a refund on the small little 10% of those who you can't win for??? Too many red flags in my opinion.Anyway, I decided to just trust my instincts and handle this myself. I made an appointment with the officer assigned to my ticket to view the photos since the photos sent to me on the ticket were totally unclear. I also brought the evidence I had planned to bring to court: a plane ticket and hotel receipt proving that I wasn't even in the state at the time indicated on the ticket. He looked at the photos, looked at my receipts, and gave me a form stating that my ticket would be dismissed and told me that I wouldn't even need to attend court. He didn't want to waste his time or mine by going to court for no reason. Justice prevails without me having to spend any additional money. BTW, I thought I had to name the driver to get this ticket dismissed??? I guess you were just mistaken…

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