A San Diego Traffic Ticket Lawyer Can Make A Difference
A client recently asked me: Why would I hire an attorney for a traffic ticket? Isn’t it pretty much cut and dry?
The short answer is no, it’s not. There are various effective defenses and strategies that may be available to fight your ticket. The particular violation alleged as well as the specific facts regarding the stop will determine how best to prepare for and fight your case.
Additionally, when you talk to an attorney about your traffic ticket you may be surprised to learn about ticket penalties you did not know about. You are probably aware that tickets can result in fines and possibly points on your license. You may also be aware that the conviction will appear on your DMV record and can raise your insurance rates. However, some tickets result in even more serious consequences.
For example, if you are convicted of speeding over 100 mph your license may be suspended for 30 days. If you are found guilty of having over .05% blood alcohol and driving a vehicle while under the age of 21 you may have your license suspended for a year. If you have a commercial driver’s license the consequences of a conviction can be more devastating as it may impact not only your license but also your career.
There also may be benefits or programs available to you that will reduce your fines. Of course there is traffic school which may be available to you and, if completed, means that your insurance company will not find out about the ticket. However, there is also a great program called the traffic amnesty program that can reduce old traffic ticket fines by 50-80% if your ticket qualifies.
Quite simply, however, hiring an attorney to fight your traffic ticket saves you time. You will not have to appear at your arraignment or at your court trial unless it is to your benefit to be present. You will not risk a failure to appear (which can cause your license to be suspended and an automatic civil assessment penalty of $300 to be added to your fines) or take off time from work to sit around in the courthouse. You will not spend countless hours on google searching and often finding terrible advice on how to represent yourself in your traffic ticket.
The fastest way to deal with a traffic ticket is to just pay the fine online. However, if you want to fight your ticket, the best and easiest way to deal with it is to contact Gerstenzang Law. If you are not sure what to do please give us a call for a free consultation.
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