If you have one speeding ticket, you can likely fight it in a hearing or negotiate with the court to take it off your record after a period of probation, or you might even be able to fight a ticket by claiming it should be dismissed outright.
If you live in a state with a points system, every point matters and they can add up to a license suspension or revocation. If your ticket will bring your point total close to losing your license, you consider hiring a traffic violations lawyer to represent you. You may be able to pay a one-time fee for advice on how to proceed. In the initial consultation, you may realize you have a more complex case than you first realized, or you may realize you can represent yourself. It should be well worth the peace of mind to get the opinion of an experienced attorney before proceeding on your own.
One of the greatest advantages of hiring an attorney is the connections the attorney brings to the process. The attorney typically knows the prosecutors and the judges and can negotiate a better deal than you could on your own. For this reason, looking for an attorney who practices in the county where you were ticketed is particularly helpful. If one of the consequences of your particular traffic violation could result in high fines or jail, it is wise to hire an attorney to represent you.
Every state has unique laws concerning traffic violation consequences and remedies. They vary greatly from state to state and it is wise to consult a local attorney or your local Department of Motor Vehicles for more detailed information regarding local laws and regulations.
It is strongly recommended that you hire an attorney to be with you at a hearing for a DWI or a DUI. While you have the right to speak at a hearing, it may be in your best interest to NOT speak. It is also within your rights to remain silent at the hearing and to not answer any questions. An attorney can advise you whether to testify.
Most defenses that need to be raised are technical in nature and an attorney will be best-suited to argue your case. An experienced lawyer will argue that certain evidence is inadmissible and that may eliminate any or all evidence the police have against you. If the evidence is eliminated as inadmissible, the charges against you will be dropped.
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