The truth is most defendants do not want to take the traffic ticket case
to court. It’s much easier and less messy for the driver if the
attorney can get the case dismissed without spending time in traffic court.
In addition, in most cases, it does not matter if the driver is guilty
or not. Most lawyers know that 90 percent of the people who come to them
with speeding tickets were exceeding the speed limit, but if mistakes
were made, they were entrapped, or the law enforcement officer (LEO) that
issued the ticket does not show up in court, the ticket will be dismissed
because our Constitution says you have the right to face your accuser.
Traffic Attorneys Must Make Deals
Even though only about five percent of drivers that have been issued tickets
take their case to court, traffic courts are still congested and over
booked, particularly in big cities. It’s frequently easier for traffic
attorneys to make deals with the District Attorney or Traffic Commissioner.
If the county gets their money, what difference does it make if the driver
gets a non-moving violation rather than adding points to their driving
record? The court, county, and state get their money and they freed up
space on the crowded traffic court calendar and the attorneys are the heroes.
And so, it’s a big circle, more and more tickets are being issued
because 95 percent just pay the fine and the states and counties need
more money for their pet projects that they’ve linked to traffic
tickets. It’s a big money machine. Why else would the county and
state allow you to go to traffic school to keep your traffic violation
conviction confidential from your insurance company? If they make it too
difficult, more people might take their ticket to court rather than just
paying the fine and accepting traffic school.
However, just paying the fine has a serious drawback for the driver and
that is they just pleaded guilty and the conviction will remain on their
driving record and/or criminal record depending on the infraction, misdemeanor,
or felony charge.
Most people would think nothing of hiring an attorney and going to trial
over a petty theft charge or any other misdemeanor, yet allow LEOs to
accuse them of a traffic violation, which could mean a misdemeanor criminal
record if convicted but dismiss it without hiring traffic attorneys, thinking
It’s only “a traffic ticket.”
The High Cost of Convictions
Traffic attorneys sit in traffic courts across CA and wonder, “Just
what was that person thinking?” They ask the judge to consider their
income and agree to pay marginally smaller fines. In some cases, drivers
are sitting there with $2,000 to $4,000 or more in fines and penalties
and when the judge asks them if they considered hiring traffic attorneys,
they shake their head and say, “No, your honor.” As if that
is the natural and logical answer. Sure, just plead with the judge to
reduce your fines and smile like you got a birthday present when they
reduce your fines or withdraw civil penalties and Failure to Appear (FTA)
assessments of a few hundred or even a thousand dollars, when traffic
ticket attorneys regularly resolve those types of charges and penalties
without you ever entering traffic court.
Old charges are easier for knowledgeable traffic ticket attorneys to get
dismissed because of changes in traffic code and LEO transitions. If the
LEO has retired or transferred to another precinct due to promotion or
reduction, they will likely not come back for trial so your ticket will
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