Traffic tickets cost you more than the court fine. Insurance companies are looking for excuses to increase your rates. Every time a ticket is abstracted to your driving record (or even worse, your teenager’s driving record) you run the risk of seeing increased insurance rates for an extended period of time, perhaps as along as several years. The increased insurance payments typically far exceed the $100-$200 dollars you pay to the court.
If you have a good driving record there is a good chance the prosecutor will offer you a reduced charge that may keep the offense from abstracting to your driving record and thereby prevent your insurance company from seeing it. This could save you hundreds of dollars. The reduced charges offered by prosecutors can not only save you money, often getting a reduced charge will eliminate some or all of the points that would otherwise go onto your driving record.
The best part about fighting traffic tickets is that you can probably do it yourself. It is a fairly straightforward process. However, there are some significant benefits to having an attorney represent you. First, the fee for representing someone in a traffic ticket is typically pretty low (I charge anywhere from $150.00 to $350.00 depending upon the nature of the ticket and what court it is in). Second, why take a day off work which will cost you as much, if not more, than the attorney fee and then you still have to deal with the additional stress and headaches for yourself. Third, as attorneys (especially when you are a former prosecutor like me) we know how much wiggle room most prosecutors have if you give a little fight. We know what to ask for, how to ask for it and when to keep pushing for more. If you have a traffic matter you would like me to handle give me a call at (313) 744-5814.