What is a traffic ticket?
What is a traffic ticket
Why should you
retain an attorney to fight your traffic ticket?
Does a speeding motorist have the right to see a radar gun?
Is speeding always speeding?
How can an attorney help me?
are possible if I fight my ticket?
What is the appropriate
What is our refund policy?
FAQs about traffic tickets in general
A traffic ticket is a citation or summons issued to a person by an authorized government
official for breaking a motor vehicle law. The citation requires the accused person
to appear before a judge or magistrate in court, but allows that person to remain
free until the scheduled court date.
True, traffic laws were created as a safety measure, but over time they have become
an increasingly lucrative revenue source for the government. Upon occasion it is
the out-of-control motorist who is stopped, but all too often it is the housewife
on the way to soccer practice taking a left on yellow, the university student returning
home for a weekend visit following the flow of traffic, or the businessman fortunate
enough to escape the gridlock of rush hour, only to be stopped by a police officer.
In many cases, motorists are reasonably and safely driving when they become a tally
in a monthly quota.
You should fight your ticket because you can. Many people think, “I was given
a ticket. There is nothing I can do.” Most people do not fight their ticket and
as a result police officers can continue to give tickets that may in some cases
be unwarranted. Simply paying the ticket is an admission of guilt and results
in the highest fine as well as a stain on your driving record. A mark on your driving
record has several implications depending upon your driving history. A blemished
driving record may result in auto insurance premium surcharges, or worse, in loss
of coverage as your insurance company drops you. Seeking future insurance with a
history of lost coverage will result in increased base premiums. One ticket is not
the end of the world, but when combined with an accident or another ticket in a
three-year period the consequences can truly be costly. It pays to keep your record
A speeding motorist does not have the right to see the radar gun even though it
was the reason the official stopped the motorist in the first place. A motorist
can, however subpoena the calibration records. In many states there are laws regarding
the frequency of the gun calibration. If the gun was not calibrated according to
law, you win.
According to Texas law, it is legal to drive over the posted speed limit as long
as you are driving safely. A number of factors go into determining safe driving
such as time of day, weather and road condition.
First and foremost, the legal system is very complex. An attorney familiar
with dealing with the ins and outs of traffic court provides you with a clear advantage.Your
attorney can also guide you through the system, so you spend no more time than it
takes to read this answer preparing for your day in court. An attorney can handle
many of the time consuming procedures that can deter well-intentioned citizens from
exercising their right to contest their ticket in court. For example, on your ticket
is a date you are scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment. An attorney can
allow you to avoid going to this arraignment and can actually set a court date.
An attorney saves you a trip to the courthouse and time. In many courts, individuals
must have an attorney to receive deferred adjudication. While you may have gone
to court over a traffic ticket once or twice, your attorney probably has handled
countless violations. You want experience on your side. Please check an attorney's
profile to see how much experience he has.
There are several outcomes that are possible when fighting a traffic ticket.
The best option is that on the date of the court appearance, the state’s witness,
the police officer, does not show up. Your case is automatically dismissed. You
sign some papers and are on your way out of the courthouse. If the officer is there,
your attorney may speak with him or her to reduce your fine. This type of
negotiation is possible and a reduced fine may result. Another option for many people
is deferred adjudication. This involves completing certain stipulations by the court,
in some cases passing a defensive driving course. With this option, you have a suspended
sentence and upon completion of the course and keeping your record clean, you return
to court on a scheduled date, and the misdemeanor is removed from your record. You
may also have a trial by jury, an opportunity to explain the events to a jury of
your peers. In this instance, the jury will decide if your case should be dismissed.
There are a few quick tips to make your time in court successful. When
you attend traffic court, it is above all important to be on time. The recommendation
is to be early. Your appearance is likewise important. Shorts and tank tops are
unacceptable. When the court is in session, you must turn off all cellular phones
and pagers, stop talking, and put away all reading material.
For criminal cases, because of the flat-fee nature and quick pace of the work being done, refunds will not be available after retaining our firm. For civil cases, refunds are available on a case by case basis. Please speak with your attorney directly.