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Fighting a Traffic Citation: Tips from a Traffic Ticket Attorney (Part 2)

Fighting a Traffic Citation: Tips from a Traffic Ticket Attorney (Part 2)

When issued a citation, do you pay up or do you fight it? In Part 1 of this blog series, we went over helpful tips on how to act when you get pulled over by the police. For this second and last part of the series, we’ll delve into something more complex: Fighting a traffic citation in court. Probably the first question that pops into your head when you’re issued that dreaded traffic ticket is, Do I just pay the fine and avoid the hassle? Any Reno traffic ticket attorney will tell you that paying the fine is an admission of guilt, so do not pay up. Contesting a traffic ticket and getting it dismissed is tricky and involves a lot of work, but it can be done. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your day in court. Plead not guilty As mentioned earlier, paying your fine is an admission of guilt. In doing so, you waive your right to a trial, so the first thing you should do is plead “not guilty.” When you do plead “not guilty”, remember that you also lose the option to plea bargain lesser penalties, like reduced fines and fewer points on your driver’s license record. If you plead “not guilty”, you can choose to represent yourself or hire a competent Reno traffic ticket attorney. Don’t forget to notify the Nevada traffic court of your plea before the date that’s indicated on your traffic ticket. Gather the Facts, Organize Your Information You’ve decided to contest your traffic ticket. What’s the next thing you should do? Gather as much information as you can....
Fighting a Traffic Citation: Tips from a Traffic Ticket Attorney (Part 1)

Fighting a Traffic Citation: Tips from a Traffic Ticket Attorney (Part 1)

Pulled Over? Here’s the Right Way to Handle It. You see the cruiser’s lights flashing. You feel your nerves mounting. You know you’re going to get pulled over. You ask yourself multiple questions while the police officer approaches your car: What do I do? If he issues a traffic ticket, do I fight it in court? If this isn’t your first time being pulled over, you probably know how to comport yourself properly (if not, this could serve as a refresher course). If you’ve never been pulled over for a traffic citation, read on. The most helpful advice for dealing with traffic citations is to avoid them altogether, but it’s always best to be prepared. Stay Calm and Pull Over Safely It is extremely important that you do not panic. As a traffic ticket attorney, I cannot stress this enough: You have to stay calm throughout this ordeal. Locate a safe and convenient place (for you and the police officer) to pull over. If you can’t find one right away, call 911 and inform the dispatcher you are being asked to pull over and that you plan on driving until you find a spot where you can stop safely. Once you’ve stopped, turn off your engine and turn on interior lights (if it’s dark out). Place your keys on the dashboard and rest both hands on the steering wheel. Make sure your driver’s license, car insurance, and vehicle registration are ready and accessible in case the police officer asks for them. Do not get out of your car unless directed otherwise. Cooperate and Be Polite In my career as a...
Preparing for Divorce: Tips from a Divorce Attorney

Preparing for Divorce: Tips from a Divorce Attorney

There’s no way around it: divorces are painful. However, you can minimize stress by preparing for your divorce before it even happens. Planning ahead will help you make sound decisions and avoid common pitfalls. If you are seriously considering divorce, there are a few things you should do before you file. Carefully preparing for divorce is the best way to ensure that the separation from your spouse will go as smoothly as possible. Although you can’t anticipate how your spouse will respond to the news that you want to file for divorce, you can prepare for the worst by gathering evidence and preparing for your divorce before your spouse has a chance to react. It’s understandable that many people react poorly when their spouse asks them for a divorce. However, hurt feelings can make the divorce process drawn out and challenging. As a divorce attorney, I’ve seen clients whose spouses have cut off their assets and changed the passwords to all of their shared accounts after being asked for a divorce. That’s why it’s important to collect information and get organized before you tell your spouse that you want to file for divorce. Carefully preparing for divorce is the best way to protect your assets and ensure that you have all of the information you need for the divorce proceedings. Here are some tips that will help you prepare for divorce: Open your Own Checking Account Do you keep all of your money in joint accounts with your spouse? If so, it’s time for you to open your own checking account in order to safeguard your finances. Use this account...
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