5 Reasons to Hire an Attorney for a Traffic Ticket
When most people receive a traffic ticket, they begrudgingly pay the fine and think nothing else of it. They believe the ticket is no big deal and hiring a lawyer never occurs to them. However, they are likely unaware of the potential consequences of paying for that ticket. This can include heavy fines, points added to your license and increased insurance rates. That’s why it may be in your best interest to hire a lawyer after receiving a traffic ticket.
1. Attorneys understand the law
Lawyers know your rights regarding traffic law. An experienced attorney may be able to have your case dismissed if based on legal technicalities. For example, if your attorney can prove the police officer’s radar gun was faulty or the red-light camera flashed incorrectly, you may be able to have your charges dismissed.
2. Attorneys can represent you in court
Taking off work to appear in court is inconvenient and may not be an option for you. Therefore, you can hire a traffic ticket lawyer who will represent you and appear in court on your behalf.
3. Attorneys may be able to avoid points being accessed to your driver license
In Florida, when you pay for a traffic ticket, you are automatically admitting you’re guilty of the traffic violation. For every ticket you receive, a certain number of points are added to your license based on the severity of the offense. Eventually, reaching a set number of points within a certain time frame will result in the suspension of your license.
In Florida the number of points needed to reach a suspension of your license is:
- 12 points within 12 months will result in a 30-day license suspension
- 18 points within 18 months will result in a 3-month suspension
- 24 points within 36 months will result in a 12-month suspension
Hiring an experienced traffic ticket lawyer may help you avoid accumulating points on your driver license which can lead to you losing your driving privilege.
4. Attorneys can reduce charges
If a traffic ticket lawyer is unable to get your citation dismissed, they may be able to get the ticket reduced. If you have a clean driving record, an attorney can fight for you to go to traffic school, instead of receiving points on your record. If you have been charged with multiple traffic offenses, an attorney can negotiate with the prosecution to have some or all of the charges dropped or reduced.
5. Attorneys can save you money
While hiring an attorney for a traffic violation may seem like an expensive option, it could save you money in the long run. If you pay your traffic ticket without fighting the charge, you risk your car insurance increasing. The percent increase is dependent on several factors, including:
- The severity of the infraction
- The number of tickets you have had
- The frequency of your tickets
- Your age
Call the Traffic Ticket Attorneys at Jimenez Law Firm P.A. Today
If you have received a ticket for a traffic violation in Jacksonville, FL, contact our experienced attorneys at Jimenez Law Firm P.A. Call us at (904) 225-5866 for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.