There are many different types of traffic tickets that someone can get. Some are simple and don’t need a lawyer, but many can cause you a headache. A lawyer can help ease the stress that comes with a ticket. You do not need a lawyer for a traffic ticket, but a lawyer will be able to argue and get a lower fine or even get a dismissal and the ticket thrown out.
Hiring a lawyer for a traffic ticket might cost more, or less, than the cost of paying the find of the ticket. You have to weigh your options and see what might work best for you. On the other hand, some circumstances justify spending the money on an attorney.
Consider the potential consequences of a criminal conviction of a moving violation. Points will be assessed on your license. Your insurance rates might increase. And you might lose your license, and/or your job.
Points on Your License
Like many states, North Carolina uses a points system. Each ticket you receive results in several points on your license. The number of points varies with the severity of the offense. If you reach a certain number of points within a given time frame, your license will be suspended. Having a lawyer with you at traffic court can help you lower the number of points you receive. Or even get the ticket thrown out, resulting in you receiving no points.
Generally, your driver’s license will be suspended if you accumulate 12 or more DMV points within a year. Find more information about the point system and suspensions on the NCDOT website.
Insurance Rates Increase After a Traffic Ticket
If you receive points on your license, your insurance rates are likely to increase. From the insurance standpoint, you’re not as safe of a driver as when they first accepted you onto their policy. You are now considered a “high-risk driver,” meaning you will be subject to higher insurance premiums.
When thinking about hiring an attorney for a traffic ticket, consider the likelihood of your insurance going up for the next three years. Would it be worth spending the money on an attorney now to help that from happening?
How Can a Lawyer Help with a Traffic Ticket?
Offer Advice – Receiving advice from someone with legal experience will help you determine how to proceed with contesting the traffic ticket. The lawyer can let you know how the ticket can resolve in your favor, or what the other possible outcomes are.
Negotiate a Resolution – Depending on how severe the ticket is, you may have to negotiate a resolution and accept a lesser charge. A lawyer can get a reduction in fines, dismissal of the points no your license or another form of punishment, such as traffic school.
Represent the Client in Court – A lawyer will be able to present a well- organized, more effective defense than you.
Dismiss the Ticket – A lawyer can argue in your favor and get the ticket dropped by the court.
If you’ve been charged with a traffic violation and want to fight it, trust a Charlotte traffic ticket lawyer. Thomas D. Bumgardner has years of experience fighting North Carolina traffic tickets. Whether it’s your first offense or you’re facing license revocation, Thomas will fight to achieve the best workable outcome.
To schedule a free consultation, please call (704) 887-4981.