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The Stone Law Firm

New Client Information 

Introduction

 

Now that you have signed your Retainer Agreement, please take the time to familiarize you with the operation of the firm.

You need to be aware of:

(1) the best means of communicating with The Stone Law Firm and the expectation for response you may have;

(3) access to the contents of your file;

(4) in person and/or web conference meetings for discovery review;

(5) reminders of court hearings and meetings. 

Access to File

The Stone Law Firm has partnered with Box.com, a leading cloud document provider.

When you retain The Stone Law Firm, a cloud file will be created for your case on Box.com  You will receive an email from Box.com inviting you to join your cloud file.  If the invite does not appear in your inbox, please check your junk mail box.

Once you join your file, you will have access to the entire content on your cloud file.  You will be able to view and take notes on police reports and police statements, and view any videos.

Court/Appointment Reminders

The Stone Law Firm understands that life is busy. The firm uses an auto reminder system to remind you of every court date and meeting.  You will receive a text message at the time the court date/appt. is added to the firm's calendar.  You will receive another text message 5 days prior to your court hearing/appt., a phone call 2 days prior, and another text message and email one day before your court hearing/appointment.

The reminders might seem excessive, but if a cell phone number changes, or an email inbox goes unchecked or if a reminder email is sent to your junk folder, the firm wants to contact you in as many different ways as possible to ensure you are aware of appointments and court dates.

In addition, if you do not appear in court, it is likely that a bench warrant will issue, which can be difficult to recall.

Down Payment/Recurring Payments

​The firms accepts payments by cash, check or credit card.  Our preferred method of payment, to keep records of all of your payments easy to locate is via Square.  Square is a well known web based payment system.  Unless you are paying by cash or check, we will be sending invoices for your initial down payment and recurring invoices (if you choose to finance your case) to the email you supply through Square.  The invoice is an easy interface, and you can store a card securely for future scheduled payment.  

Contact

Because Edward Stone and Mary Martinez are frequently in court and/or meeting in person with clients, the best means of contact is text messaging.

Attorney Edward Stone:

Cell: (435) 640-5810

email: edward@stonelawfirm.net

 

Click on or scan the QR Code with your cell phone camera to add Edward Stone to your contacts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attorney Mary Martinez:

Cell: (801) 696-0038

email: mary@stonelawfirm.net

Scan the QR Code with your cell phone camera to add Mary Martinez to your contacts:

 

 

 

We routinely use group texting with the client and Edward and Mary so there is a high level of continuity and coordination.

As a client of The Stone Law Firm. you can expect a response to a text message within two business hours.  If you call and leave a voicemail, you can expect a return phone call by the end of the day of the call.

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In Person/Web Conference Discovery Review Meetings

When you retain The Stone Law Firm, The Firm's appearance will be entered and a discovery request will be filed.  The discovery request prompts the prosecutor to send all discoverable information relate to a case: police reports, witness statements, videos, photographs, etc..

All responsive documents given to the firm from the prosecution is uploaded to your cloud file.  Edward and/or Mary will review the discovery and take notes on the individual files received from the prosecution.  

Prior to next court hearing following receipt of discovery responses, Edward and/or Mary will have either an in person meeting or a web conference meeting with you to review all discovery responses and form a case strategy.

The Stone Law Firm uses GoToMeeting.com for web conferences.  Edward/Mary will share their screen with you and review all discovery responses.  

Case Procedure 

 

We understand that you are not familiar with what will happen in court.  The following is a typical progression of a criminal case:

Initial Appearance: held within 72 hours (in custody felonies) and 1-2 months (misdemeanors and out of custody felonies) after the filing of the case: an initial appearance is one in which the judge informs the defendant of the crimes for which they have been charged, and inquires into the defendant's intent to hire an attorney, apply for the public defender, or represent themselves.  The judge will give a defendant time to hire a private attorney if the defendant so desires. In addition, issues such as release to pretrial, a review of bail/bail conditions, and pretrial protective orders are addressed at this hearing.

Scheduling Conference: typically held 2-4 weeks after Initial Appearance Hearing.  This type of hearing is held in felony and class A misdemeanors to schedule preliminary hearings. The purpose of scheduling conferences is to schedule a preliminary hearing.

Preliminary Hearing: typically held approximately 3-6 weeks after the scheduling conference.  This is a hearing held in felony and class A misdemeanor cases. A preliminary hearing is an evidentiary hearing where the prosecutor is required to put on sufficient evidence to convince a magistrate that probable cause exists that a crime was committed and that the defendant committed the crime.

Arraignment: typically held 1-3 weeks after preliminary hearing in class A and felony cases.  In class B and C misdemeanor and infraction cases, arraignment occurs at the time of the initial appearance, and thus the hearings are referred to interchangeably.  In class A misdemeanors and all felonies, arraignment occurs after waiver or bind over at the preliminary hearing.  The purpose of arraignment is to formally put the defendant on notice of the charges and to take a plea.

Pretrial Conference: typically scheduled 3-5 weeks after arraignment/initial appearance in class B and C misdemeanor and infraction cases.  Typically scheduled 2-4 weeks after arraignment in  class A misdemeanor and felony cases.  The purpose of the hearing is to determine if the case is going to resolve or whether motions hearings/trial should be scheduled.

Motions Hearing: these are typically evidentiary hearings and address the admissibility of evidence.  Evidence may have been collected in violation of established procedures or in violation of a defendant's 4th amendment rights against unlawfully search and seizure. 

Final Pretrial Conference: usually scheduled 1-3 weeks prior to trial, the purpose of this hearing is to determine if the parties are prepared to go forward to trial, or whether a continuance is needed for various reasons or whether the case has resolved.  

Bench trial/Jury trial: the day has come for trial, which is anywhere between 3 months to a year or more after the case was filed.  A bench trial is to a judge alone, a jury trial is to a jury.  The number of jurors depends on the severity of the charged crime.

Sentencing: after a defendant has been convicted or has plead as part of plea negotiations, the defendant is sentenced.  In felony cases (and some misdemeanor cases), the judge refers the matter to Adult Parole and Probation, for the preparation of a presentence investigation report.  In most misdemeanor cases, the judge requests the county or a private probation company to prepare a presentence report.  Many minor misdemeanors proceed to sentencing without a At the time of sentencing, the judge can impose jail, prison (in felony cases), supervised probation, fines, treatment, and sentencing protective orders, or any combination thereof.