“Do I really need a lawyer for a speeding ticket?”
Generally speaking, most people don’t think about hiring an attorney after receiving a speeding ticket.
People often pay the fines without question and, in more involved cases, end up suffering more than needed.
People may think that something as simple as a speeding ticket doesn’t require a lawyer.
However, it is always a good idea to at least consult with an attorney over any legal matters.
There are several reasons why hiring an attorney to deal with your speeding ticket is beneficial, of which you may not know.
“Super Speeder” Tickets
First, there are the more apparent situations which call for an attorney.
“Super Speeder” tickets, as referred to by many states, are moving traffic violations involves dangerously high or excessive speeding.
These can potentially involve other charges, like reckless driving or endangerment, and therefore would clearly benefit from the presence of an educated attorney.
The costs of hiring a lawyer to represent you in cases of “super speeding” far outweigh the costs of seeking no legal help.
Second, we have out-of-state tickets. These kinds of tickets are a pain in everyone’s side.
Getting pulled over and ticketed halfway to Disneyworld is never a fun experience (although it may make for a fun family story).
However, what people don’t often think of are the benefits of hiring a lawyer to represent you during the ticketing process.
The costs of driving back to the county which issued the ticket and potential loss of income using personal days to travel are not worth it.
Having a lawyer take care of your out-of-state ticket just makes more sense.
Driver’s License Points & Suspension
A third reason to hire a lawyer after getting a speeding ticket is to protect your Driver’s License.
Almost all moving violations result in adding points to your license.
Points are bad, and the more points you receive, the closer you come to a full-on suspension.
In cases where the number of points may vary, or where a suspension is a possibility, it is always smart to hire a lawyer.
They may be able to negotiate with your judge and lessen the point count
In addition to reducing the number of potential points added to your license, a lawyer can also help in reducing the ticket’s charges or even finding a way to get it dismissed altogether.
Lawyers may negotiate a reduction of more substantial charges to lesser moving violations.
Sometimes, lawyers can also get the judge to change the type of speeding ticket depending on its severity, saving you points on your license.
The lawyer can also get the ticket completely dismissed if the issuing officer doesn’t appear in court, you accept a plea deal for a less serious violation, or if you comply with a probationary period.
Insurance Rates & Other Charges
Finally, something many people don’t consider when getting a speeding ticket is the long-term ramifications.
Sure, you have to pay a fine. However, as stated before, points are almost always added to your license for moving violations.
These points affect several things, including your insurance rates. Speeding tickets and other moving violations, when not adequately dealt with, create even more charges and fines in the long run.
Hiring a lawyer after receiving a speeding ticket is the smart thing to do.
They could not only save you hundreds of dollars in travel fees and fines, but they can protect you from more long-term damage as well.
“Help, I just got a speeding ticket!”
The Missouri speeding ticket attorneys at Suddarth and Koor LLC can help dismiss any traffic offense with ease.
Our attorneys will do everything needed to minimize your penalties and wipe your record clean.
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