First-Time Minor Offenses
Whether it is cheaper to just pay the traffic ticket fine or hire an attorney
depends to a large extent on the violation and your driving history. If
it is your first offense for speeding 1-15 mph over, chances are you can
just pay the fine, plus an added traffic school fee, pay for the traffic
school, attend traffic school, and keep your ticket confidential from
your insurance company and you will maintain your “good drivers’
discount.” Some insurance companies will even ignore a first-time
minor offense and not raise your premium.
Of course, a wise course of action is to consult with an attorney whenever
you get a traffic ticket, but in most cases, minor infractions such as
running a red light, unsafe lane change, illegal left turn, illegal U-turn,
or other minor traffic infractions you should probably just pay the fine.
However, if you strongly believe you are not guilty, you could go to court
and represent yourself.
Another option is to use a “Trial by Written Declaration,”
which is a simple technique that does not require much of your time.
Traffic Tickets: Major Infractions and Misdemeanors
This is when hiring a traffic ticket attorney will really come in handy.
Particularly misdemeanors, if you are convicted of a misdemeanor it will
stay on your motor vehicle driving record for seven to ten years and on
your arrest record for life. Take, for instance, a speeding over 100 mph
ticket, this is not a misdemeanor, but the fine can be anywhere from $800
to $2600 and your insurance premium will skyrocket 50 percent or more
if you are convicted if you can find a company to insure you when your
current policy expires because you are now a high risk.
And, the worst part just might be that your driving privileges can be automatically
suspended for 30 days on the spot. Do not go into court with a speeding
over 100 mph or a misdemeanor ticket by yourself. Consult a traffic defense
attorney as soon as possible to determine your best options. You do not
want to hear the judge proclaim, “Guilty! Pay the court clerk and
hand the bailiff your driver’s license because you won’t be
able to use it for 30 days.”
Bigger & Harman, APC
Bigger & Harman, APC have a reputation for dependability and excellence
with truckers and other Class A drivers in Central Valley CA. Read their
write up on
Nolo.com, a leading internet legal website.
When you face a misdemeanor traffic ticket or your license is about to
be suspended, take advantage of a FREE, no-obligation phone consultation
with a local traffic ticket attorney at Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300.
They represent clients in traffic court in San Bernardino, Kern, Kings,
LA County, or many other South-Central and SoCal counties. Call the office,
set up an appointment, use the
contact form on the website, or email
En español, llame al 661-349-9755.