Look at this tale, then, and think twice about paying a lawyer to fix a ticket for you.
Local attorney Diana Minella sent letters to thousands of people who got traffic tickets promising to settle their case for a fee.
She's accused of taking their money and not taking care of their tickets.
San Antonio's municipal court overflowed Tuesday with hundreds of people who thought their traffic citations were being handled by their attorney.
[Janie] Churbie paid attorney Diana Minella $200, plus the amount of her fines, to take care of her case. But the lawyer never did that.
Now, Janie is out of that money and still has to pay the fines and court costs to clear her driving record.
"I paid her $452 so she could take care of all of this and all I had to do was my defensive driving test." Zeke Ramirez paid Minella to clear his record. Minella only made a partial payment of $5. Zeke did not know that.
Back in court, lawyers from the San Antonio Bar Association volunteered to help the angry motorists. [sic] With even more still unaware their tickets are still hanging over their heads.
"What we had set for today was in the neighborhood of 700 to 1,000 cases," said Judge Bull. "We anticipate there is a larger volume out there of people that maybe don't know."
Next time, if you get a traffic ticket, think about just mailing a check. It's probably easier, and it might not cost you as much.
Oh, and kudos to the lawyers from the S.A. Bar Association that are helping clear up this mess for free. They are doing a good thing for these people.