Every driver is bound to get some form of ticket at some point in their lifetime, be it for speeding, the parking meter running out, or some other infraction. For most tickets, it’s a simple solution. You just pay a nominal fee and move on. There are some situations, however, where things can get more serious. Here are a few scenarios where it might be in your best interest to find a lawyer to help fight your ticket.
You’re a Probationary Driver
If you’re just getting your license for the first time, you’ll have to go through a brief period in which you have a probationary license. This allows you to drive legally with some restrictions, and is meant to allow you to practice driving until you get your basic driver’s license. While being double parked or being a little too far from the curb aren’t going to put you in too much trouble, some of the more serious infractions might. Speeding, traffic signal disregard, and any at fault accident will get you a ticket and a warning in most cases for a first offense. Any subsequent infractions within a 6-12 month period (depending on state and county laws) can lead to your license being revoked and hefty fines. If you have any serious infractions while using a probationary license or permit, a lawyer may be able to help negotiate the charges and help fight your ticket.
Hit and Run
Hit and runs are taken very seriously. If you are involved in a hit and run, or are even alleged to be involved in one, get a lawyer. This is especially the case if you’re being accused of being involved in a hit and run and you know for a fact you were not involved. While the burden of proof is on the accuser, usually your license plate number and vehicle description are enough for insurance companies and even some police departments to move forward and place liability against you. Many of these situations come down to a word vs. word situation, and having a good lawyer can make all the difference in winning your case.
Alcohol and Drug Involvement
If you are involved in a DUI or DWI, there are usually criminal charges that come along with the fines and traffic tickets. Even if you are guilty, having a good lawyer can help negotiate the sentencing, bail, and other fines that might be associated with the charges. If drug use is involved, you may also want to find an attorney with experience in both traffic and criminal law, as they will be equipped to handle both aspects of your case.
Suspicions of Fraud
Many traffic tickets come about both from police witnessing a driver violating traffic law, as well as from officers analyzing the aftermath of an accident and assigning the appropriate tickets to the at fault party. While some states restrict officers to write tickets only for violations which they’ve seen, this isn’t always the case. If you …