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If you want to fight a traffic ticket

Hire a lawyer

The first thought many people have is to “beat the system” after receiving a traffic ticket. However, there are some factors which should be considered before deciding whether or not it is worth the effort to fight a ticket.

Please note; many people are disappointed by their first experience with traffic court when representing themselves. It is not uncommon to hear people complain that the judge at your traffic court hearing did not listen to a single word of their defense, or that the officer lied. When you consider fighting a ticket, be aware that it is usually an uphill battle. That’s why you need to hire a traffic ticket lawyer

Do You Need A Lawyer

It is always a good idea to consult with a traffic ticket lawyer, and almost always a very good idea to hire a traffic ticket lawyer, when you are charged with a traffic violation, including a traffic misdemeanor (e.g., reckless driving or driving with a suspended license). If you are from out of town it may be easier and cheaper for you to hire an attorney to appear in court on your behalf than to return to the jurisdiction to fight the ticket.

It is usually beneficial to consult with a lawyer if you have a prior record of traffic tickets, and are concerned about keeping your license. Such a consultation will give you a good idea of whether you should retain a lawyer’s services to help you defend against the ticket.

Please note that for traffic misdemeanors, even if you have a spotless record you will usually benefit from retaining counsel.

You’re Conduct In Court

Please note that if you decide to hire a traffic ticket lawyer and appear in court to contest a ticket, you should dress for the occasion. Dressing appropriately sends the court the message that you take the charge seriously, and that you respect the court. Don’t under any circumstances wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, halter tops, or miniskirts to court. Such clothing almost invariably will send the message that you have no respect for the court. Do not wear a hat in the courtroom.

If you have plans to make your traffic ticket case the “trial of the century”, you may be in for a rude awakening. Traffic court matters are short and to the point. Your traffic ticket attorney will have to be quite assertive in order to convince the court to permit you to present your full defense. This is a special skill set that your traffic ticket lawyer has practiced to be effective while not offending the court. Your traffic ticket lawyer will do the questioning of witnesses or the officer who issued the ticket. Professional traffic ticket lawyers are not intimidated by the process; they are prepared and trained to explain to the court the significance of the evidence.

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