Think you may be in need of a traffic lawyer?
You’re not alone, and it’s more common than you may think. In the US, authorities issue between 25-50 million traffic tickets each year. However, if you’ve never had to hire a lawyer before, it may be daunting and confusing. You may not know what benefits they can bring.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Read on for these five fast facts about hiring a traffic lawyer today.
1. Saves You Money
Hiring a lawyer isn’t as expensive as you might think. For some people, the lost wages of having to take a day off costs more than the attorney’s fees. dIn many cases, the cost of a lawyer for a simple speeding ticket could pay for itself. That is, if the attorney can get your case dismissed, you won’t pay for the ticket, the court costs, or the increased insurance that would have resulted if you were found guilty. The same goes if the charge is reduced from a misdemeanor to a traffic infraction.
When you are found guilty, even of a minor traffic infraction, you can expect your insurance rates to rise. Even a small $25/per month insurance rise will cost thousands over three years. Then add in any time you have to take off work to handle your case. You could end up with huge savings if you spent out on a traffic lawyer to handle it all for you.
2. Saves You Time
Hiring a traffic lawyer not only saves you money by keeping you from missing work, but saves you from having to miss work at all. For many traffic cases, your lawyer can appear for you without you needing to be there.
Traffic cases take up a lot of the courts’ docket. Usually, there will be A LOT of people waiting for their traffic case to be heard. And if you go to court by yourself, you may find yourself waiting for hours for the Judge to call your case. And, if the case needs to be put off until another date, you’ll have to come back and do it all over again.
With a Traffic lawyer, you won’t have to waste your time attending court unless you want to go there. No lost earnings for taking time off work, and no wasted days.
3. They Know How It Works
When you get a ticket, it’s not likely you’ll think to look for a mistake. Or how you can prove that you weren’t doing what the ticket said you were.
But a trained traffic lawyer will know how to spot things that you might not. They can look for errors that many won’t notice. If they find an error on your ticket, it can be used to your advantage.
For most people trying to go it alone, these errors are often missed. Having a lawyer on your side gives you access to sound legal advice. An attorney will have your back, and know all the technicalities to look out for to try and help you get a favorable outcome.
4. Experienced Traffic Lawyers Have More Access
People who turn up to represent themselves won’t be able to negotiate with the prosecutor and the officer. An experienced attorney will know what questions to ask the officer, and how to talk to the prosecutor about your case. Oftentimes, an attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable outcome for your case before the case is heard by the Judge. As a layperson representing yourself, you will not be able to do that.
5. A Professional Expert Will Have Your Back
Traffic laws can oftentimes be more complicated than you may think, and having someone with legal training in your corner is the best route to take.
Handling a case by yourself puts you at a disadvantage, as you may not understand all the legal nuances or the rules of procedure and evidence. By hiring a traffic lawyer, you’ll get professional, knowledgeable advice and guidance.
Always go local. A local attorney will understand local, state, and federal traffic laws. The peace of mind of having an experienced advocate on your side can be invaluable during this stressful time.
Your lawyer will look through your case and work out the weaknesses. This will help them to build as ironclad a case as they can to fight on your behalf.
Could you ever imagine cross-examining a police officer on your own in court? That would be terrifying! A traffic lawyer has the cross-examination skills to handle civilians and other professionals.
Why Hiring a Traffic Lawyer is the Easiest Decision You’ll Make
So there you have it! Now you know these five reasons to hire a traffic lawyer, it’ll be the easier decision you’ll make.
It’s beneficial to have an experienced, local traffic lawyer on your side. Especially if you’re facing a serious traffic violation.
If your violation is for an area not local to you, hire a lawyer from that area. They’ll be able to represent you in court, as well as be familiar with the prosecutors, judges, and any nuanced local traffic laws.
A traffic lawyer isn’t something you want to skimp out on. They’ll be your best chance of building a solid case and getting the best possible outcome. In addition, they will save you time, money, and stress along the way.
Contact us today for a free consultation. At BernsteinHough P.C., we have a combined 30 years of experience handling criminal and traffic offenses. We can guide you through the process, and get you the best possible outcome.