Cited for a Traffic Violation?
Whether it be for speeding, running a stop sign or red light, or some other traffic violation, sooner or later most drivers will get a ticket. Depending on your circumstances, it may be worth it to hire a traffic attorney to handle your case.
Traffic tickets, though typically not as serious as other crimes, can still involve significant penalties and consequences. In addition to expensive fines, a moving violation could result in demerit points on your driving record, insurance-rate inreases, and license suspension.
An experienced traffic lawyer can help you understand what you’re up against and let you know if you have any viable defenses. Having a traffic attorney represent you can also save you time (your attorney can usually go to court in your place) and will normally give you a better chance of beating your ticket.
Looking for a Lawyer?
At Lawyers.com, you’ll find a user-friendly search tool that allows you to tailor results by area of law and geography. You can also search for attorneys by name. Attorney profiles prominently display contact information, list topics of expertise, and show ratings—by both clients and other legal professionals.
Ready to Meet With a Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult and that, first and foremost, you want a lawyer you trust.
What to Ask a Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- the lawyer’s experience with traffic cases
- the lawyer’s familiarity with the court you’ll be going to
- who else, if anyone, will be working on your case
- attorneys’ fees and other expenses related to the case (including how the cost might increase as the case moves to other stages, like trial)
- how the case might affect your driving privileges, and
- the lawyer’s initial impressions of your case and options.