You got a traffic ticket and this is the first time you are in contravention of law.
You are confused as to whether you should pay the ticket and get points or fight this ticket in court to keep your record clean.
State and cities find traffic violations as an easy means to fill empty coffers and today’s technology has made it easy to find minor violation and send a ticket home automatically.
Insurance companies are also increasing surcharges on licenses that have points on grounds of dissuading drivers from violating traffic laws.
Keeping all these points in mind it’s advisable to hire an attorney to fight your ticket in traffic court as immediate cost far outweighs overall cost. Here are some factors that will help you understand how a traffic lawyer help you in traffic court.
1. Time saver
Attending court and fighting your case is a time consuming affair. This is equally troublesome for working and non-working people.
Attorney knows the courtroom where case is presented and the judge against whom your case will be presented thus freeing you the ordeal of finding the courtroom, paying court fees and all the other entanglements of fighting your case.
An attorney will present your case on your behalf and allow you attend other important business of the day.
2.Best Interest of Client
You intend to fight the ticket in court, however, looking at the ticket an experienced attorney will tell you whether it is in your best interest to fight the ticket in court or not.
That being said, plea bargain is another great way to get the fine and punishment accompanies reduced. As a defendant you are not experienced enough to know when to enter in a (plea) bargain and when to fight in court. Attorney will be able to better guide you on the best course of action.
An attorney who handles dozens of briefs daily is way more experienced than an individual fighting his first traffic violation.
He can tell whether the ticket can be dismissed or reduced in amount or whether the ticket needs to be paid in full. This allows client to make an informed decision on whether to fight the ticket or just pay the fine.
The word attorney paints a picture in people’s mind that has a huge bill in the end.
Today scenario is changing; earlier a traffic ticket cost was fine and few points on the record.
On the contrary,
today traffic ticket means fine amount for the city, surcharges for the County, then some more surcharges for the State, these two combine together often exceed the total ticket amount.
On the insurance front, it means points on the license for next two to three years, consequently higher surcharges for safety that you will pay for next two to three year. This means that a traffic citation will cost you money for next two to three years and that too heavily. Contrary to this a lawyer’s fee gives defendant a chance at a clean record as well as saving money on aforementioned fronts.
Attorneys that deal with ticket violations are in a friendly adversarial relationship with the Prosecutor’s Office, they meet these people on daily basis and know whether they will pursue a ticket or settle at a (plea) bargain.
Same holds true for traffic court Judges, they are aware whether a judge is particularly strict for a speeding violation or whether the judge will go easy on a first time offender who has a clean record.
When a case is represented by an experienced attorney, prosecution is aware that the defendant cannot be badgered.
Badgering happens when same question is asked again and again and defendant makes a mistake in answering the question due to repetitive nature of the questions.
Another benefit of an attorney representation is that prosecution will not ask for a harsher punishment than required. It has been proven that where defendants are represented – in traffic violation cases – by an attorney, punishments have been reduced as compared to the cases where defendant self represented himself.