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Traffic Tickets

What is "traffic law?" Traffic law encompasses traffic ordinances, statutes and regulations relating to drivers and motor vehicles.

We streamline the process of dealing with traffic tickets. You bring us your ticket, and we go to court for you. We do our best to resolve your case with the prosecutor or state's attorney before your case even reaches a judge. Most cases result in a plea bargain that increases the fine in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation. Once we take care of your traffic ticket, we simply write you with the results of your case. All you have to do is pay the fines and court costs. Case Closed. In those cases where a plea bargain is not available, our attorneys have the education, knowledge and experience to offer our clients a strong and vigorous defense.

To hire an attorney, or represent yourself? Most traffic courts use the first court date to hear your plea of "guilty" or "not guilty." If you plead guilty, you pay a fine and the conviction is reported and ends up on your driving record. If you plead "not guilty", you will be required to return a second time for trial. If you win at trial, there will be no conviction, fines or court costs. If you lose, the judge will decide your fate, with respect to fines, court costs, probation, and/or jail.

Traffic Law: Police, Prosecution and Judgment.

The Police. When an officer writes a traffic ticket, he must have reasonable cause to believe that a person has violated a traffic ordinance, statute or regulation. A ticket is a recitation of the facts, i.e. who, what, where and when. After the ticket is written, it goes to office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

The Prosecutor, State's attorney or District Attorney. The Prosecutor review the evidence (the ticket) and decides what he needs to do to protect the public. Because traffic ticket offenders are generally law-abiding citizens who were inattentive or distracted, resulting in a traffic offense, Prosecutors will often offer plea bargains to give the driver a break, in exchange for a guilty plea to a lesser offense.

The Judge. In the end, the judge will either hear the case at trial, or review and approve any sort of plea bargain offered by the Prosecutor and agreed to by the defendant.

 

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