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When Will I know About My Case?

Sometimes, a person will retain me to represent them in a traffic case.  The court date might be three, four, or more, weeks away.  The person (now, my client) will call me and ask What is the status of my case?  That’s a perfectly reasonable question (especially given my advice at this post), but almost always, my answer will be that I don’t know yet.  This is because the standard practice in all but the most unusual cases is to wait until the court date to discuss the case with the DA’s office.  That’s when the Assistant DA will have your court file (we call them “shucks”) in front of them,  and that’s when they can write any plea offer on the back of the shuck.   (It’s kind of informal, but it works pretty well).

I should contact you within two or three days at the most following your court date to tell you what happened.  If you don’t hear from me by then, be sure to call or email me.  Again, refer to the post I’ve linked to above.

Ken Duke


About ken

I've been practicing law in Durham, NC for more than 30 years now. I focus on traffic cases, personal injury and workers compensation. I graduated from Wake Forest University in 1980 with a BA in political science. I went to Mercer University for law school, graduating in 1983. I began practicing in Durham the next year, and I have been here ever since.

Initially, I did just about any kind of case that came in the door. However, it's hard to get good at any area if you're trying to do them all. So, I settled on personal injury, workers compensation and traffic cases.

I am married and have two sons in their 20's. My wife is a physical therapist. We also have four pets -- a Havanese dog named Blitzen, a tabby calico cat named Donner, a black cat named Olive, and a gray tabby named The Rum Tum Tugger.

I hope to hear from you!

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