Three Types Of Traffic Violations You Should Consult With An Attorney About
Many traffic tickets are simply a matter of paying the fine. In some situations, you may be able to pay the ticket by mail or online. However, there are many tickets that can be serious, whether they require you to appear in court or not. The following are three situations when you need to speak to an attorney.
Speeding tickets for high speeds
In some situations, you can be driving at such high speeds that it will not be considered an infraction like a typical speeding ticket. It may be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. Although, the latter charge will likely lead to an arrest. But in either situation, an attorney, such as Thomas & Associates, PC, may be able to cogitate the charge down. It may be possible to negotiate a misdemeanor offense down to a simple traffic infraction. In the case of a felony, it may possible to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, but you are likely to be required to attend some sort of driving school. But none of this is likely to happen without first speaking to a lawyer.
Leaving the scene of a accident
This can be deceptive to many people because the image that comes to mind is hitting a pedestrian and fleeing the scene, but it also includes hitting a parked car and not leaving a note. In a situation where you are accused of hitting a car and driving away, even if it occurred in a parking lot, you should consult with an attorney. You may not even be guilty, but even if you are, it is possible that the damages are exaggerated, especially since fleeing the scene may be interpreted as a sign of guilt.
Any DUI offense
If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, you may want to pay a fine and get the incident behind you, especially if it is your first offense and there were no injuries or property damage. However, this is a mistake. There can be penalties you are not aware of that can have consequences to your life. There is often a range of punishment options available to a judge, and your punishment will be dependent upon the circumstances of your DUI. Without an attorney to represent you, it is possible that you could have your license suspended, and this can affect your ability to earn a living. In general, not having a lawyer can make a DUI offense worse for you than it needs to be.
Some of the offenses listed above will lead to an arrest, but this is not always the case. But whether you have been arrested or simply cited, you should contact a lawyer before appearing in court, so your fines and punishment can be mitigated.