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Do I Need an Attorney to Fight a Traffic Ticket?


What happens when you get a traffic ticket? In most cases, you can simply pay the ticket and be done with it, or you can go to court, explain your circumstances, and hope the judge rules in your favor. What is the worst that can happen? You will have to pay a fine and may be required to attend traffic school, on the extreme end if you get too many tickets your license could be suspended.

For most people, it is merely an annoyance but one that can seriously impact your driving record. If you drive for a living like a chauffeur or commercial driver this is not something you want to have happen. Depending on the severity of the offense, you may want to seek legal counsel on the best way to proceed. Getting points on your license can increase your insurance premiums and put you in danger of losing your license.

When you go to court there is the possibility of getting the case dismissed, especially if you can prove that what happened was not your fault. Hiring a lawyer to represent you in traffic court can be a huge benefit. If anything, even getting the penalties reduced if not dismissed is still worth trying. The nice thing about having someone do the paperwork and file everything for you is that you’re not stuck trying to navigate the legal system by yourself.

Should You Hire a Lawyer for a Traffic Ticket?

If you have been in traffic court before you probably know how things work, but for first-timers, it can be pretty intimidating. Unless you know the laws pretty well it is not recommended to represent yourself in court. You have the option of just paying the ticket and living with the consequences or getting a lawyer to help you. Depending on the nature of the offense, if there is a possibility of jail time you want someone there who knows the system and can work on your behalf.

Traffic tickets and non-moving violations (parking tickets, etc) are easier to deal with and carry lower penalties. Contact your provider law firm and give them a copy of the ticket and speak to someone who can advise you on what to do.

The Cost of an Attorney vs The Cost of A Traffic Ticket

Depending on the infraction, a moving violation can cost hundreds of dollars to simply pay the fine. Then you have to deal with higher insurance premiums and any other consequences that are involved.

As a member of LegalShield, you pay a monthly premium for your legal plan so many of your costs are included. If the judge favors your case and reduces your fine or dismisses your case it would be much more cost-efficient to let your attorney help with this.

Your membership plan includes consultations with a provider attorney that covers any type of legal matter, from traffic tickets to adoptions.

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