Do I Need a Traffic Ticket Lawyer?

April 15, 2014
Sonya Tien

Many clients ask whether they really need a traffic ticket lawyer to handle their ticket.  A skilled traffic ticket attorney who is familiar with local practice may be the best way to save you time and money in the long run.  To determine whether you need a traffic ticket lawyer, ask yourself the following questions:

[tt_vector icon=”fa-exclamation-triangle” size=”fa-1x” border=”false” pull=”” color=””]  Can you afford to have your insurance go up?

Usually, the most costly aspect of a speeding or other traffic ticket conviction is the significant increase in insurance premiums that can last for years.  In North Carolina, a conviction for speeding, a DWI, reckless driving, or failure to stop at a stop sign or red light, can result in large increases in your insurance premium.  Hiring a knowledgeable traffic ticket attorney to try to beat the ticket is likely the most cost-effective option.

[tt_vector icon=”fa-exclamation-triangle” size=”fa-1x” border=”false” pull=”” color=””]  Are you familiar with local custom? Do you know which arguments are persuasive to different district court judges?

Criminal courts across the state of North Carolina vary widely in their interpretation of the law and how it is applied to different cases.  Some judges will grant a PJC for an offense, where other judges will not.  An experienced lawyer who regularly practices before the district court judges in the state will know which arguments are persuasive with a particular judge.  The following arguments are rarely a valid defense or excuse:

  • “I was just following the flow of traffic,” or
  • “I was only going 5 miles over the speed limit, not 15,” or
  • “The car in front of me was going faster than I was,” or
  • “The officer never showed me the radar reading,” or
  • “I was going downhill when the officer clocked my speed.”

Our traffic ticket defense lawyer knows that such arguments are a waste of time.  At Tien Law Firm, PLLC, our speeding and traffic ticket defense attorney knows which arguments have worked well in the past before which judges.

[tt_vector icon=”fa-exclamation-triangle” size=”fa-1x” border=”false” pull=”” color=””]  Do you have the time to handle the case on your own?

Court hearings are usually scheduled during normal business hours, which means defendants will often have to miss work, school, or cancel important plans just to attend.  Additionally, there is a chance that the case may be continued by the prosecutor several times before it is actually resolved.  Each time the case is continued, an additional trip to the courthouse will have to be made before the case is disposed of.  Hiring a traffic ticket defense lawyer can save you time and stress.  For many cases, Tien Law Firm, PLLC can appear on your behalf, saving you the cost and hassle of taking off from work to attend court. 

[tt_vector icon=”fa-exclamation-triangle” size=”fa-1x” border=”false” pull=”” color=””]  Do you know the law and fully understand the consequences of a conviction or plea?

In large part, when you pay for a traffic ticket attorney, in addition to the convenience of having someone appear in court for you, you are paying for their knowledge and for them to look after your best interest.  Knowledge of the law takes years to master.  Merely paying off a ticket online or in the mail is equivalent to a conviction, it will likely cause your insurance to increase, and it may result in an unexpected suspension of your license. For example, if you received a speeding ticket for traveling over 55mph and in excess of 15mph over the limit, your license can be revoked from paying off the ticket. Our traffic ticket defense attorney knows the law.  We use our knowledge and experience to your benefit.

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Considering the relatively low cost of hiring a skilled traffic ticket defense lawyer to look after your best interest and the amount of money that it may save you in insurance premiums, it is usually well worth the cost.  For a free consultation, contact our speeding and traffic ticket defense attorney at (919) 348-7727.
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