If you have even been stopped by the police, you immediately understand the importance of keeping points and violations off you license. The uneasy feeling you get when you receive a summons is only the beginning. A simple traffic citation can have significant consequences. Moreover, if you rely on your ability to drive in order to earn a living, possesses a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) , or need to drive to meet some of life basic necessities, you need to protect your license.
Most states allow only a small window of time to be able to challenge a summons. There are many ways a skilled lawyer can assist you in negating the effects of the summons or help you cause the summons to be dismissed outright. Among the challenges, are to challenge the validity of the stop, the validity of the summons, the validity of the equipment the police used in order to effectuate the vehicle stop and the licensing of the officer who stopped you. If your livelihood depends on your ability to drive, do not let a routine traffic violation lead to a suspended license. If you pay the fine, you will be pleading guilty the alleged violation and will be subject to future surcharges.
The long term costs and hidden costs of the citation can be astonishing. For example, if you plead guilty to a four point speeding ticket, a careless driving ticket or a reckless driving ticket, you will pay more than just a fine. In most states, your insurance can significantly increase. If you insure more than one vehicle on your policy, it will go up even more. Additionally, you may be forced to pay State insurance surcharges which can amount to hundreds of dollars over the next three years. Even worse, almost every jurisdiction allows the judge or Magistrate the ability to suspend your license or require you to attend a Driver’s Education Course. Moreover, there are jobs that will not hire you if have points on your license. If you posses a CDL, you could be out of business. No traffic summons is meaningless. You need to hire a competent attorney to represent you.
If you do not answer the summons or appear in the Court on the Court date assigned, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. This is true even for parking tickets. While you might not be arrested right away, the next time you are stopped by the police, you will be arrested and go to jail until such time as you are able to post bail. You do not want to be issued a ticket for a traffic violation when there is already an outstanding warrant in your name regarding a previous violation. Moreover, since most Municipal Courts only meet once a week or twice a month, if you do get arrested, you might be forced to stay until the next Court date when a judge or magistrate is available. However, you can avoid this by posting the required bail and contacting a lawyer today.
Moreover, if you are from out of state and you missed your Court appearance, you can hire an attorney in that jurisdiction to appear for you and speak on your behalf. Ultimately, this may be the best approach to handle your situation. Each case is slightly different as the facts to each case vary. The best advice you can get to speak with an attorney. Only a well seasoned and experienced attorney can help you understand and make an intelligent educated decision about the pros and cons of hiring an attorney to represent you in traffic Court. While you might get away with a two point speeding ticket, speeding tickets that are fifteen miles per hour or more over the speed limit are very serious.
If you are a professional driver, you depend on your commercial driver’s license (CDL) for your livelihood. A moving violation or speeding ticket could put your job in serious jeopardy. The stakes are too high to risk going to Court without an experienced attorney.
Here are some of the most common citations or violations people receive from being stopped by the police.
- Speeding tickets
- Driving without a license
- Driving while license Suspended (Immediate arrest)
- Failure to Maintain Insurance (Immediate arrest)
- Failure to yield
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Right turn on Red where prohibited
- Speeding in School zone (enhanced penalty)
- Speeding in a construction zone (enhanced penalty)
- No Insurance
- No registration or expired registration
- No inspection or expired inspection
- Reckless driving
- Careless driving
- Failure to appear
- Violation of promise to appear
- Failure to signal
- Failure to maintain a single lane
- Following too close
- Failure to follow officer’s directions
- CDS in Motor Vehicle (Forfeiture proceedings)
- Open container of Alcoholic Beverage
- Failure to obey traffic control signal
- Failure to inspect vehicle
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