Unless you're Miss Daisy and you have an ageless Morgan Freeman to drive you from place to place, statistics say you will at some point in your life be stopped and ticketed for a moving violation. Failure to yield, speeding, improper left turn, all the old stand-bys.
Instead of just paying the fine on a moving violation and taking points on your license, most of the time you should probably pay a traffic lawyer to “fix” the ticket. But first, it's important to understand what it means to have your ticket "fixed".
What does it mean to have your ticket "fixed"?
A traffic lawyer fixes your traffic ticket by getting the prosecuting attorney to amend your ticket from a moving violation to a non-moving violation. What this looks like in real life is that your speeding ticket is changed to a non-points carrying violation like illegal parking or improper muffler. In exchange for this amendment, you can expect to pay court costs and a somewhat elevated fine directly to the court.
Yes, elevated fine. In most circumstances, you can expect the total fines and costs to be about double of what the fine was originally. Why would you pay a lawyer to get you an even larger fine? The key here is that your charge has been amended from a moving violation to a non-moving violation. This means that you will not receive any points on your license as a result of this ticket. The avoidance of points is what keeps your driving record clean and your insurance premiums in check. Essentially, you pay a little more now to save a lot later.
So, is it worth it for you to hire a lawyer to “fix” your traffic ticket?
Usually, the answer to that is yes. Consider the following circumstances when deciding whether you should get a traffic lawyer to fix your ticket.
- Make sure your ticket is actually a moving violation. If it isn't a moving violation, you might not need a lawyer to handle it.
- If it is, then determine how many points would be added to your license by the ticket. The more serious the traffic offense, the more points that will be added to your license. Consider how many points you already have on your license. If you accumulate too many points, your license will be suspended.
- How important is it to you to keep your driving record spotless?
- Were you in an accident as a result of this traffic incident? If you had an accident, there could be issues with damages and license suspension.
- How does your insurance company treat these tickets? Some insurance companies might raise your rates sky high if you receive a ticket. Others, may not.
As always, every case is different so whether you need a lawyer could depend on your specific circumstances. If you'd like to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys about your specific traffic situation, contact us today. We offer free consultations and reasonable rates on traffic matters.
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