Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer for My Traffic Ticket?

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Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer for My Traffic Ticket?

The short answer is “no.” You can handle your own ticket. Before you do handle your own ticket, understand what you are dealing with.

Failure to Appear

If you receive a speeding ticket or other type of traffic citation, you have actually received a criminal citation. It is technically a Class C Misdemeanor. So, if you fail to show up for your hearing, you will receive a separate charge of “Failure to Appear” (or “FTA”). This is another criminal matter that comes with additional fines and risks. Ultimately, you could wind up with a warrant for your arrest.

Pleading Guilty or Not Guilty or No Contest

If you plead guilty, that conviction will go on your record and will subject you to points on your driving record. You will also have to pay fines and surcharges.

If you plead no contest, the end result is virtually the same as pleading guilty. The only difference is that you are not actually admitting to guilt. This plea often appeals to people looking to avoid admitting to fault in a related civil case.

If you plead not guilty, you are telling the court that you wish to fight the traffic ticket and the judge will set you for a trial. At trial, you will have to put forth evidence of innocence and will have to have witnesses testify on your behalf.

Why Traffic Ticket Attorneys Can Help

One of the biggest benefits of hiring a traffic ticket attorney is that doing so will save time. A traffic ticket lawyer will make all appearances and will handle all the communications with the court and the prosecutor. In most instances, you never even have to go to the courthouse.

Another benefit of hiring a traffic ticket lawyer is that many times the lawyer can save money in fines and surcharges. Experienced traffic lawyers have handled many cases in front of the prosecutors and will know the prosecutor’s history and what the prosecutor will do with a particular fine.

Lastly, most traffic lawyers are inexpensive. In most instances, a traffic lawyer’s fee is usually less than $130 for a case that does not involve a commercial driver’s license (CDL). CDL cases are typically more.

Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only. No legal advice is intended by this blog post. For specific legal issues, please contact a licensed attorney to discuss your legal matter.

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