Top 7 Reasons You Need a Traffic Lawyer

Do you really need a traffic lawyer for a simple speeding ticket?

The short answer?…It depends.

Maybe you’ve just received your first traffic citation. Or perhaps, you’ve received one before, but this time, the violation is a little more complex.

This is where a traffic lawyer can help!

Traffic violations can quickly become complex and challenging to navigate. The complexity of your case depends on a variety of factors — the type of citation, the severity of the charges, your driving history, your motor vehicle points, your car insurance policy, and more.

So, why should you hire a traffic attorney? Here are the 7 major benefits:

1. Traffic laws change with time & location.

Not only do traffic rules change depending where you’re driving, but they are also some of the most frequently modified laws.

A traffic attorney will approach your case with a complete, detailed, up-to-date understanding of your local traffic laws. With this knowledge, they will know precisely how to advise you on any traffic violation — no matter how complex.

2. Traffic lawyers know which evidence will stand in court.

With lots of prior experience contesting traffic tickets, your attorney already knows the kind of evidence you need to build a credible case. After all, they’ve trained specifically to find the errors on traffic tickets.

Plus, a traffic attorney comes equipped with the know-how and resources to obtain access to the required evidence. Without a lawyer’s help, you’ll waste long hours and loads of energy trying to identify and gather the proof you need.

And who has time for that? You have a job and responsibilities of your own.

3. An attorney can preserve your driving record.

Well-trained traffic attorneys may even be able to strike the traffic violation from your driving record. That way, your name remains clean and your mistake won’t come back to haunt you down the road.

4. You’ll actually SAVE money.

We know what you’re thinking…that CAN’T be right, can it?

Yes, you actually will save money when you retain an attorney for many traffic violations. How does that work?

Oftentimes, a skilled lawyer can convince the district attorney that you are an outstanding citizen with a good driving record. The district attorney may then choose to decrease (or eliminate) the penalty amount you’re required to pay (even if you admit you’re at fault).

But, what about lawyer’s fees?

If traffic attorney expenses were ridiculously high, traffic attorneys wouldn’t exist! Due to their expertise and the nature of the legal procedure, it takes lawyers a lot less time (and requires a lot less money) to win a traffic violation case than, say, a felony case.

Plus, your increased insurance fees after a conviction are going to cost you far more than the small expense to hire an attorney.

5. Your traffic lawyer can stand in place of you in court.

Again, we know you have a busy schedule. For those traffic violations that are simply a hassle, our traffic attorneys will actually go to court FOR you, saving you from at least two court appearances.

6. Local attorneys understand local standards & officials.

Lawyers who have been around town for a while have most likely developed a strong understanding of local standards and the tendencies of local district attorneys and the officers who write traffic tickets. With this knowledge, they can tailor their argument to emphasize all the most hard-hitting and convincing points.

7. When you represent yourself, you may make things worse.

Frankly, if you don’t study the law incessantly (like we do), you’re unlikely to be able to effectively argue your case. Although you may think the district attorney will forgive your violation if only they knew why you were speeding or why you ran that red light, such explanations are not true legal defenses and will not help you reduce your penalties.

When is it CRITICAL to hire a traffic lawyer?

In some situations, hiring a traffic attorney is absolutely necessary. If you find yourself in one of the following situations, reach out to our team.

● You’ve committed a major traffic violation.

The larger and more serious the offense, the greater your need for a traffic law expert. Major traffic violations include:

  • DWI
  • Driving with a suspended or invalid license
  • Speed racing
  • Reckless driving
  • Using a vehicle to commit a felony
  • Fleeing law enforcement
  • Hit and run
  • Vehicular manslaughter or assault with a vehicle.

(Many of these will also qualify as misdemeanors or felonies. In these cases, hiring an attorney is essential.)

● You are a commercial driver.

Commercial drivers — such as bus and truck drivers — are bound under stricter driving laws than the average driver. As a commercial driver, if you commit certain traffic violations, your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) may be suspended or revoked. In such cases, a traffic lawyer is your best chance of keeping your job.

● You have a bad driving record.

The cleaner your driving record, the easier it will be to defend your case in court. But if you have a complex history of traffic violations, the district attorney is less likely to be lenient with you.

And your license may even be suspended! Winning or losing your case against a traffic ticket could mean the difference between a license suspension and driving freedom.

At the end of the day, having a traffic lawyer on your side will greatly increase your chances of winning your case — from a speeding ticket to a reckless driving incident.

However, you can rest assured that our team will be honest with you and let you know if you could handle the citation on your own.

Just been penalized for a traffic violation?

Contact Mulligan Attorneys at 910-763-1100 for a consultation. Our traffic law team will walk you through the legal procedures, present your options, build your case, and represent you in court

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