Traffic law encompasses traffic ordinances, statutes and regulations relating to drivers and motor vehicles. So, what does it mean to “fix” a ticket? Here is a brief summary of what we will do for you on your traffic ticket. You bring us your ticket, and we go to court for you. We do our best to resolve your case with the prosecutor or state’s attorney before your case even reaches a judge. Most cases result in a plea bargain that increases the fine in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation. Once we take care of your traffic ticket, we simply write you with the results of your case. All you have to do is pay the fines and court costs. Case Closed. In those cases where a plea bargain is not available, our attorneys have the education, knowledge and experience to offer our clients a strong and vigorous defense.
When an officer writes a traffic ticket, he must have reasonable cause to believe that a person has violated a traffic ordinance, statute or regulation, whether it be an equipment or regulatory violation. If an officer is intent on writing you a ticket, he’s going to write you a ticket. It does little to good to argue with the officer at that point because once that ticket is written, the decision as to what happens with it rests solely with the prosecutor in court. That is where we come in. We will appear in court FOR YOU if necessary and discuss the fair outcome with the prosecutor in order to get the best possible result on your traffic ticket.
In the end, the judge determines guilt or innocence, jail time or probation, and the amount of fines and costs. A judge will accept only accept a plea bargain (an agreement between the prosecution and defense attorney) if it protects the interests of the public, saves prosecutorial resources, and modifies the behavior of the transgressor through education or punishment. If your case is left up to the judge, you need a traffic attorney who knows the ins and outs of traffic penalties and traffic law to get the judge to order the proper result on your case.
So why do you need an attorney to do this when you DO have the right to represent yourself?
In a word: Time. If you appear on the ticket without an attorney, on your first court date you will plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty and intend to fight the ticket in court, your case will be continued to another court date to be put on the trial docket. When you appear in court on the trial docket, it is not uncommon for the prosecutor to request a continuance due to witness availability of the officer who issued you the ticket. On your third court appearance, the officer will show up and give his side of the story. While you will have the opportunity to cross-examine the officer, there is a distinct possibility that the judge will believe the officer’s testimony and you will be found guilty anyway. Each of these court dates will take you a couple hours. It makes more sense to hire a traffic attorney to take care of this whole situation for you without making a single court appearance! You have better and more useful ways to spend your time.