If you chose to hire an attorney to fight a traffic ticket, you are doing
better than 95 percent of your peers who simply choose to pay the fine,
guilty or not and regardless if their rights were violated by law enforcement
officers (LEO) who are not experts at law in the first place. That’s
why there are lawyers, who spend the better part of every day in traffic
court hearing traffic ticket cases or writing requests for dismissal of
tickets whose clients were not guilty of the charges against them or their
rights were violated by speed traps or other points of law. Just because
you were unfortunate enough to hire a lawyer who was not familiar with
traffic law, does not mean you should just fold the tent and give up.
Traffic Law & Traffic Court
Say you hired “Cousin Vinnie” who’s a great divorce lawyer
to represent you in traffic court. That was likely your first mistake,
being outstanding in one area of law does not transfer to traffic court.
There is no other branch of law like traffic law or traffic court. Due
to the sheer volume of cases a traffic court hears in one day, everything
is rushed, and very few drivers without a traffic attorney stand much
of a chance of being adequately heard in traffic court.
A traffic attorney knows the elements of the CA Vehicle Code (CVC) that
the State must prove to find you guilty of that violation. They break
down each statute into smaller pieces to see if there is any portion that
can be contested. I’ll use CVC
Turning and Stopping and Turning Signals as an example. It states, “No person shall turn a vehicle from a
direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement
can be made with reasonable safety…” What is reasonable is
subjective and open to interpretation. Therefore, LEO makes a judgment
call and issues you a ticket even though you use your turn signal, it
was the LEO’s opinion that you did not signal your intention soon
enough. The Code goes on to state, “…then only after the
giving of an appropriate signal…” What is appropriate? How
long before making the lane change is adequate to signal your intentions?
A good traffic attorney can argue these points because they are not objective
and subject to interpretation. If the law stated you must signal your
intention 100 meters before making a lane change and you drove only 50
meters after signaling before making a lane change, it is no longer open
to speculation. You broke the law.
Consult with a Traffic Attorney
Guilty or innocent and whether another attorney failed previously is irrelevant
when it comes to traffic law. The only point to be considered is whether
the traffic attorney feels they can get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Call Bigger & Harman for a consultation, 661-349-9300.
You can now contact Bigger & Harman on
Facebook, so send them a personal message with the details of your case, or send
in an email:
email@example.com. You will normally receive a reply the same day unless they are in traffic
court and then it may be later in the evening or the next day, but they
will reply as soon as possible.
If you need reassurance about how good our traffic lawyers are you can
refer to the client comments on
Avvo. Avvo is one of the leading Legal Advocate websites in the USA. Or, consider
Nolo.com, a renowned legal website where Bigger & Harman have a 4.7 star rating
out of a possible 5 stars.
Rolan Gomez wrote, “Thank you, Mark and associates, I am a commercial driver
and got a ticket in a commercial vehicle 66+ on 35 on the grapevine, I
came to them as a second chance my previous attorney only got me a bench
warrant Mark lifted the warrant and my ticket reduced to no points parking
infraction thank you so much from myself and family.”
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