Retaining a Traffic Ticket Lawyer – How many lawyers does it take to…

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Retaining a Traffic Ticket Lawyer – How many lawyers does it take to…

I know, it sounds like the beginning to a potentially funny joke. It’s not, but it would be a good question to ask yourself if you’re looking to retain a traffic ticket lawyer.
In the past few years a substantial amount of traffic ticket related enterprises have sprung in California. Not all are legal offices by the way, many are companies that will fill out a trial by declaration form on your behalf and charge you for it… something you can do on you own for free. I understand that sometimes these “legal” forms can be intimidating and some people would rather pay to have them done, fair enough but probably not the best way to fight a ticket.
The establishments that do employ attorneys are not always litigators, they may send someone to court hoping that the officer will not show (good luck with that) or try to negotiate your fine and that is where the difference lies. If you’re going to pay a lot of money (and good law firms that know what they’re doing will cost you) for traffic ticket defense, you better ask a lot of questions so you’ll know what said firm will do for you.
As you may or may not know, in California a traffic violation is a criminal offense and treated as such by the courts. Hence a traffic ticket lawyer with a strategy to fight your specific type of citation and the ability to contest your case in court is priceless, well perhaps not priceless but probably expensive. Sometimes these cases require motions and subpoenas in order to make the case and often more than one appearance as well. Also, lawyers that are well versed in traffic law as well as familiar with the local courts, judges and district attorneys will fare better in such situations.
Here’s where your advantage lies and why the expense will often be justified. Of course, if you are traffic school eligible you’ll be better off just paying the fine… that would be the least expensive option (realistic option as opposed to the TBD for example) but if you truly, really need to get out of that ticket you won’t need a “legal team” just a good attorney with a positive track record that works for you.

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