If you’ve received a traffic ticket or a traffic citation getting an attorney is something you may want to consider. We’ve hired an attorney for the last three traffic tickets we’ve received and it’s one of the best decisions that we’ve made. Our attorney explained the traffic court process, scheduled our court date, argued our case and we were found innocent. Hiring an attorney to represent costs money. In our case we paid $350 for each court appearance. However, given that we were facing fines of several hundred dollars and that our insurance fees would have increased, we think hiring an attorney was money well spent. Here’s more about what a traffic attorney might be able to do for you.
We all get traffic tickets. We were counting up the number of traffic tickets we’ve had in a lifetime and we stopped at 20 tickets. The first few times we got tickets we either admitted the traffic infraction to the police officer or we simply paid the fine and moved on. Here is why you need to think carefully when you’re stopped for a traffic ticket. Also why you may want to hire an attorney to represent you. Here’s what happens when you don’t hire an attorney.
How can a traffic ticket lawyer help you?
To find an attorney you should look at online websites such as Avvo.com. You will want to find an attorney who (1) specializes in traffic tickets and (2) who knows the procedures in your traffic court. We received a traffic ticket in Philadelphia, for example, but we live on the west coast. So we hired an attorney in Philly to represent us to the traffic court.
To locate an attorney you can look by location or specialty. For example, if you’re looking for an attorney in California, Michigan, Florida, Georgia or New York you can select the state. This is generally a good idea to select the state where your legal question pertains. For example, if you have a speeding ticket in Philadelphia you will want to hire an attorney who practices in that state and city.
You need a specialist in traffic tickets and also an attorney who knows the local court system and how it works. Local Traffic courts generally run on a fixed schedule and paperwork needs to be filed by specific dates. Your attorney can help you understand what you need to do and by when. Your attorney should be known by the people who work in the court system and be a credible and reliable lawyer. In short, your attorney can make the process smooth not only for you but for the people who work day to day in the justice system. This is a benefit to you.
Former clients of a traffic ticket lawyer will write reviews of their experiences. This is very helpful in understanding the level and type of service the attorney provides. Most reviews will be positive and that’s understandable. Attorneys have a chance to review and approve the review before it is posted online. However, if you see many positive reviews you will know that the lawyer is trending positive and providing good service to their clients. If you see few reviews then you will know that you may need to avoid the attorney or simply ask the lawyer why there are so few reviews?