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What Does a Traffic Ticket Attorney Do?

A traffic ticket attorney will help you if you're charged with a driving infraction or violation.

How Do I Know If I Need a Traffic Ticket Attorney?

Not every traffic charge needs an attorney or even goes to court. Minor infractions like a parking ticket generally require you to pay a fine. These will differ from state to state, so you might want to refer to your state's vehicle code for more details.

Other traffic violations are more serious and a traffic violation attorney can help you through the steps you need to take. Here are some infractions where you may need a lawyer's aid:
  • Speeding tickets
  • Outstanding warrants for unpaid tickets
  • Driving uninsured
  • Driving with a revoked or suspended license
  • Driving with an expired license
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Reckless driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Lane change violations
  • Habitual traffic offenses
  • Arrest warrants for unpaid traffic violations
  • DUI
If you need to make a court appearance, you may want to consult with an attorney who can inform you of the steps you need to take or represent you in court.

How Much Does a Traffic Ticket Attorney Cost?

Many traffic violation attorneys will charge an hourly rate to represent you in court. To deal with smaller issues that only require paperwork, attorneys will often charge a flat rate. Rates will vary based on the complexity of your case and where you live, so be sure to establish a rate with your lawyer up front.

What Should I Expect When Working with a Traffic Ticket Attorney?

When charged with a traffic violation, there's often evidence against you so you will probably be served with a fine of some sort. Depending on the severity of the issue, you may also face some prison time if you're found guilty in court. There's no guarantee that a lawyer can clear your charges, but you'll likely be better equipped with a lawyer's knowledgeable in traffic and criminal law. Your traffic violation attorney may be able to help you keep any conviction off your driving records by advocating traffic school, or lower your sentence by creating reasonable doubt.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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