If you drive long enough, eventually you will see flashing blue lights in your rear view mirror. It’s unavoidable. You know it’s true. In fact, you should probably consider yourself lucky you don’t get more tickets. If you’re being honest, you are like most people in that you probably do something wrong every time you get behind the wheel.Continue reading “Worst Thing To Do When You Get A Traffic Ticket”
As I was sitting in court today I had an opportunity to watch not only the other traffic attorneys, but the unrepresented people (that would be the people who choose to fight a ticket themselves and not hire a lawyer), and I noticed something interesting. Anyone can get ONE traffic ticket dismissed. Here’s how.Continue reading “How To Get Traffic Tickets Dismissed in Florida”
One of the first phone calls I received after graduating from law school was from a friend of mine who said, “I just signed a contract, can I fax it to you to take a look at it?.” Of course, my answer was “No” because there was no point in me looking over something that had already been signed. What could I have done if I saw things I wanted to change? It was too late, as the document had already been signed.
When I decided to focus on becoming a Traffic Ticket Attorney, I soon realized I would have the same problem. People called me all the time and asked if there was anything they could do with the ticket they just paid.
Unfortunately, my answer was also “No” because once you pay a ticket, you are either going to get points, or you are going to have to attend traffic school, or you are going to end up paying a hefty fine.
Again, too many people were too late. So, I’m hoping this article catches you BEFORE you make the mistake of just paying it.
One of the reasons I chose to become a Traffic Ticket Attorney was the opportunity to help as many people as I could. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have helped hundreds of thousands of clients with all types of traffic ticket related matters. Of course, in almost all of those situations, the client contacted me before taking an action that could not be undone.
Therefore, when you or someone you love gets a ticket (and let’s be honest, it’s really a question of when, not if) whatever you do, don’t rush into anything. For most tickets in Florida, you are given 30 days before you have to decide what to do.
By all means, take your entire 30 days. There’s no prize for deciding early.
As long as you don’t wait until the time has expired (which might mean that you have to pay more money, but not that you can’t still fight the ticket), you will be in the exact same boat if you decide to fight the traffic ticket the day you received it or the last day you were still eligible to notify the court of your decision.
So, now that we’ve established that you have time, let’s discuss what you should do with the time.
The first thing I tell people is to take a deep breath. Forget about the ticket for the rest of the day (if you can). Getting all upset and letting it negatively affect the rest of your day is not going to help you make the situation better.
In fact, when you go to sleep and wake up to realize the planets didn’t collide and the world kept spinning, you will probably have the ticket in a little better perspective.
It’s not the end of the world, just something you have to deal with.
And deal with it you will. By doing the very first thing I always recommend, which is doing a little bit of research into finding a local traffic ticket attorney in your area.
Let’s be honest. Who knows more about the ticket you received and what you can expect than a traffic ticket attorney? If you call the right one.
As much as we all have a friend who “swears” he’s got a guy who knows a guy who’s mother is best friends with the chief of police and gets all of his tickets dismissed, there’s just no better resource for your ticket than a local traffic ticket attorney who goes to court every day doing nothing but tickets.
The last part of that sentence was very important because believe it or not, there are plenty of attorneys who put “traffic ticket attorney” on their marketing material, but don’t really do this as a major or exclusive part of their practice. They put that down to try and make a few extra dollars by taking cases they plan on passing off to someone at the last minute who doesn’t really have your best interest at heart. That’s not the kind of Traffic Ticket Attorney I’m talking about.
Before you hire ANY traffic ticket attorney, you must read a post I wrote that will give you the 5 questions you must ask BEFORE hiring a traffic ticket attorney. Only then will you be prepared to make the best decision that’s right for you.
Basically, any honest traffic ticket attorney should tell you what will happen to you if you pay the ticket, pay the ticket and elect traffic school, or what will probably happen to you if you fight the ticket.
Only by knowing your options can you decide what to do. Many times, my office ends up telling people to just pay the ticket because there’s no sense to hire an attorney for some matters. We are in the business of helping people and the right decision is obvious when you consider all the options.
My office offers a FREE CONSULTATION with an attorney (not just a secretary) to anyone who calls our office at 866-374-8355. Go ahead and call, you might learn something for FREE.
I understand the desire to want to distance yourself from anything unpleasant. Some people procrastinate and others attack things head on. This is why some people put off paying their taxes until the very last minute while some people rip the band aid off with one quick rip.Continue reading “Three Things Everyone Must Know Before They Pay a Traffic Ticket”
Seeing as the 4th of July is right around the corner, and people will be taking summer driving trips in record numbers this year, I thought it was a perfect time to discuss the topic of what to do with an out of state speeding ticket.
It’s important to know that there is something called the Driver License Compact, which basically is a collection of states (there are only a few states that do not participate) that have agreed to share information between each other as it relates to traffic tickets, including speeding tickets.
In a nutshell, what it says is that the states that form the compact will agree to share information between each other; and if you get a ticket in one of the states, it will be treated as if it were received in your home state, as long as the violation exists in your home state.
So if you happen to get a ticket in another state for something wacky like driving a black car on Sunday (supposedly illegal in Denver . . . look it up) and your state doesn’t have that law, then the violation won’t transfer.
However, if you get a speeding ticket, and every state has a speeding ticket statute, then you will have to deal with it. And dealing with it should not mean paying it. The points will transfer to your home state and your insurance will probably increase.
My advice? Look into fighting it. It’s simple enough to do. Get on the internet and find a local traffic ticket attorney who will give you a realistic opinion of your case and the expected outcome and fee. It must be fought in the place the ticket was given. So if you don’t want to drive back to defend yourself, a traffic attorney is the perfect solution.
Whatever you do, don’t let an out of state speeding ticket ruin your summer vacation. Get out there and enjoy that road trip.
Hiring an attorney for a traffic matter should be done in the same manner as hiring anyone to do anything for you. You must ask questions BEFORE the job begins so you know what you are getting into. Don’t wait until the after the money changes hands before you think of things to ask.
Here’s 5 questions you must ask BEFORE you hire a Broward County Traffic Attorney. (with some bonus material thrown in)
- How long have you been fighting traffic tickets?
- How many traffic tickets have you done?
- Do you guarantee anything?
- What’s this going to cost?
- Who will actually appear in court on my behalf and what does that person know about my case?
How long a person has been practicing law in a specific area is very important. But length of time is only part of the equation. Experience comes not only from the number of years, but more importantly, in the number of citations defended. In many ways, that is the more important number. So don’t be fooled by asking one question about experience. Both are important.
The next two also go together, as you absolutely must know what the costs are going to be and essentially what you are getting for your money. Is the price you are being asked to pay the same that was quoted on the phone or from the advertisment you saw? Here’s an insider tip, most attorneys use bait and switch to advertise a fee that is not the fee you will pay once you call. I mean seriously, do you honestly think you are going to get an attorney to go to court for $5.00? (a fee I’ve seen on some mail advertisements) Here’s a better question, do you think you should hire an attorney that begins your relationship with a sneaky, sleazy sales tactic that is often used by car dealers?
In addition to the cost, you should find out if there will be a money back guarantee. Many attorneys make a guarantee of no points or your money back, but not all guarantees are equal. Make sure you ask what the guarantee is before you spend your money. Additionally, make sure it is written very simply (a sentence or two) and that you fully understand what it is you are signing (that should go for anything you sign).
Finally, you should ask who will be the actual attorney who will appear on your behalf in court AND how much that attorney will know about your case. Here’s another little insider tip, there are four courthouses that handle traffic tickets in Broward County (and many more in Dade and Palm Beach County). It is impossible for one attorney to cover all of them at the same time. Almost all attorneys hire other attorneys to cover the cases they can’t attend. There is nothing wrong with that IF the attorney who is covering the case has EXACTLY THE SAME EXPERIENCE AND INFORMATION as your attorney that you hired. Sadly, that is not always the case.
Imagine if you hired a noted surgeon to perform brain surgery and when you were being wheeled in, your doctor was someone who was not who you hired (and didn’t have the same experience or knowledge about your problem).
It’s the same thing when you take your time and energy to hire the attorney you feel comfortable with and explain all the facts of your case in detail; and then, the day of your trial, an attorney right out of law school with no more information than your name and courtroom date and time “defends” you. Believe me, I see it happen all the time.
Therefore, you should ask in the beginning, who will handle the case if the attorney will not.
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