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Trusted Help for Traffic Tickets

Trusted Help for Traffic Tickets

Most of us don’t get too excited over traffic tickets. They’re more of an inconvenience for most folks than an adrenaline activator. However, those with a penchant for speeding, running reds, or tempting fate in other ways, one more ticket can carry serious consequences. Whether it’s a first-time but serious charge like a DUI or reckless driving, or a less serious follow up to a litany of motoring mistakes, calling an attorney for a quick consultation will be the best move you can make. During your consultation, an attorney will evaluate your case and let you know if his or her services can help reduce or dismiss the charges against you. Reno police are fair. They are known to do their job in accordance to their mandate of keeping roadways safe. In the process of fulfilling their duty, they issue numerous citations each year. The courts who deal with the administration of these citations are equally firm. As the points on your traffic record increase, so do the consequences and penalties. Why an Attorney? Unless you are a student of criminal justice or watch excessive court TV, you probably don’t have much deep insight about the law and how the system works. And even then, those are topics most of us either avoid or visit only when necessary. So, while you know how to drive a car, you are likely ill-equipped to either represent yourself or come through a court process as well as you could with the help of an attorney. Cross examination of witnesses or questioning officers will simply not go off well because you binge-watched some...
Reasons to Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney

Reasons to Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney

Most people’s first instinct when getting a traffic ticket is to pay up and move on. It’s tempting – you pay the fine and forget about it. Why bother fighting a ticket in court, right? Wrong. And I’m saying this not because I’m a Reno traffic ticket attorney. The consequences of getting a traffic ticket – and not fighting it – shouldn’t be ignored. For one thing, fines aren’t exactly cheap. The whole point of imposing hefty fines on traffic violations is to discourage people from committing said violations. For another, fines aren’t the only penalties you could be facing. There’s the possible hike in your insurance rates. You could also lose your license and driving privileges. And what if the traffic citation issued was for a misdemeanor violation, like a DUI? All these ramifications are reason enough to fight a ticket. But if your plan of attack is to go to traffic court without an attorney, you might want to rethink your strategy. You might have been told that hiring an attorney is just a waste of money, but having a lawyer represent you and your interests may increase your chances of winning. Here’s why: Traffic ticket attorneys know the local laws and regulations Local experience is crucial. A traffic ticket lawyer who has practiced in your area will be very familiar with local jurisdictions. Familiarity with local traffic laws (as well as the changes the DMV has recently enacted) means they can navigate the system with ease and take advantage of any opportunity, whether it’s finding an error on the issued ticket or negotiating lower fines. They...
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...
Traffic Violations: A Common Encounter with the Law

Traffic Violations: A Common Encounter with the Law

For many people, traffic violations may be their only type of encounter with law enforcement. While traffic violations are not usually terribly serious in and of themselves, they do often result in significant inconvenience and cost. And because traffic stops are also extremely lucrative for law enforcement agencies – the potential for unwarranted violations is all too common. Many of us have received too many citations to passively accept another. In these cases, contesting a speeding or other traffic ticket can be well worth the fight, but it’s no easy feat. Undeniably, there’s an art to beating traffic citations, and it’s practiced almost exclusively by competent Reno traffic ticket attorneys. More often than not, the contest comes down to your word and the officer’s, and you can guess which way the court naturally leans. Again, if you’re in the position where fighting and winning a traffic violation is absolutely necessary to maintain your license and reasonable insurance premiums, continue driving, or avoid serious fines, you need expert legal representation. A good Reno traffic attorney has years of experience in this area of the law and knows how to challenge officers’ subjective conclusions, argue for “mistakes of fact”, and find other legal justifications for whatever roadway conduct the stopping officer found objectionable that day. These are very nuanced legal strategies, and ones which few of us are even aware of. This is why, when it comes to taking on the court, you don’t want to go it alone. Most people mistakenly assume that the law is against them and will always support the officer’s conclusions. This is not true, but...
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