So you got a traffic ticket and you are scared about what could happen. Depending on the offense, the results could be a suspended or revoked license or even jail time in extreme cases. The courtroom is no place to wing it and throw caution to the wind. This is why you should hire a traffic ticket lawyer and here are the top five reasons why.
1. Peace of mind. Usually, you have about a month or so before you have to appear in court for a traffic citation. During that time, your mind races and you come up with every bad outcome that can happen. Will I go to jail? Will I get a big fine? Will I be able to keep my license? All of this may keep you awake and affect your health. All of this can be taken care of by hiring an attorney. He/she will know the most likely outcome and the maximum punishment you may incur. Your chances of getting a lesser punishment are greater when you hire a lawyer.
2. Better chance of winning your case. This is probably the single most important reason you should hire a lawyer. When you show up to court with representation, the judge sees that you really BELIEVE you are innocent. The lawyer knows the court’s language and can probably win your case quick.
3. If you DO happen to lose the case, getting your appeal is more likely when presented by a lawyer. Judges are funny creatures. They have all the power and they know it. Having a traffic ticket lawyer by your side makes all the difference to that judge. Cases are still lost and there is no guarantee of victory. You can still appeal and a traffic ticket lawyer has a better chance to win that appeal and have the offense expunged from your record.
4. Cost is lower. In many cases, the cost of hiring a traffic ticket lawyer is much less than the fines you may be liable for, should you lose. In either case, attorney’s fees do not go into the public record like fines and penalties do. In other words, your record stays clean.
5. A traffic ticket lawyer handles arbitration and litigation more effectively. In cases where you may need to argue the charges, it is ALWAYS better to have an experienced lawyer doing the talking. His can shield you from inadvertently saying something that constitutes contempt. You should hire a traffic ticket lawyer for this reason alone. He or she may be able to persuade the prosecutor and judge to give a lesser decision, lower fines or toss the case altogether.
All of these are great reasons to hire a lawyer. We, as ordinary citizens, do not know the inside of the legal system like an attorney does. If positive results are what you need, you need to hire that lawyer immediately. It could literally mean the difference between keeping your license and not being able to drive at all. It may even keep you out of jail.
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Guillermo J Ortiz