Should I Hire A Lawyer To Contest A Traffic Ticket?

Daren Brown
By Daren Brown | March 22, 2019
Should I Hire A Lawyer To Contest A Traffic Ticket
Traffic tickets don’t always require representation from a lawyer, but it is a good idea to get solid advice from a lawyer, even if all you plan to do is contest it. There are two types of traffic violation cases:

  1. Traffic infractions: speeding, running a red light, etc.
  2. Traffic misdemeanors: DWI, DUI, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended, revoked, or expired license.

Are misdemeanors considered criminal acts?

Misdemeanors are punishable by jail time, fines, and driving restrictions. As you may have guessed, in the first category, a consultation can be helpful. In the second, a consultation and subsequent representation is highly recommended, especially to avoid criminal repercussions.

What if I cause a car accident?

If you are involved in a car accident that results in injury, you need to hire an experienced criminal attorney. It’s as simple as that. Reason being; you are probably facing a lot more than just traffic violations at that point.

It’s not uncommon for both a traffic case and a civil suit to be filed following an injurious accident. Initially, a good criminal attorney can get you through both stages:

  • The initial traffic case
  • The subsequent civil suit

The traffic case will always be resolved well ahead of any lawsuit that gets filed. The scary truth is you are on your own until you are officially sued. Once the suit is filed, you can expect your insurance company to step in and provide representation on your behalf. However, if you are charged with a misdemeanor, like reckless driving, and there is no lawsuit filed, you are on your own unless you hire legal representation.

What If a driver is already on probation with the DMV at the time of the infraction?

Definitely hire an attorney. A driver that is already on probation is at a greater risk to lose their license altogether if they are convicted or get more points added to their driving record.

Really, an attorney can help minimize fall out and spill over from your traffic case into other areas of the law. Self-representation comes with no such guarantee.

In fact, you could end up botching both your traffic and civil cases if left on your own. Considering that you are already looking at a hike in your insurance rate and probable licensing restrictions; it is a good idea to get legal help, so you don’t add to the load of consequences you are carrying.

If you do not want to hire a lawyer to contest your ticket, you can discuss the merits of your case and give you a basic idea of how to fight it with a simple consultation. Many of these consultations are free, so there is nothing to lose by scheduling one, but there is a lot on the line if you don’t.

To review: Seek the full services of a lawyer if a misdemeanor and civil suit is involved or you are on probation. Always schedule an initial consultation, no matter what.

Stockard, Johnston, Brown & Netardus, P.C. in Amarillo, Texas takes on clients with traffic violations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Our law firm does not charge a fee for a ticket consultationContact our Amarillo law firm to speak with a qualified lawyer today.
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Topics: DWI / DUI, Personal Injury, Law