Texas Traffic Ticket Lawyer
Over 1.2 million speeding tickets are issued in Texas each year – in addition to all the other traffic infractions. Texas ranks with Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and California as a “Top 5” state for writing traffic tickets. Texas ticket consequences range from $50 to $200 for disobeying a railroad crossing sign, to $150+ for speeding, to $200 to $1,000 for failure to stop for a school bus. Why risk steep fines and even the loss of your freedom if you don’t have to? Peveto Law provides citizens in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Plano region with an experienced traffic ticket lawyer who can help you reduce the amount of trouble you’re in.
Top Reasons to Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney
You can represent yourself in traffic court, but there are situations where a traffic ticket attorney is recommended:
- You have been charged by mistake, but it’s your word against a cop’s.
- You don’t understand the law you’ve been accused of breaking.
- You have multiple offenses or a past history of similar tickets.
- You’re threatened with a possible driving license suspension.
- You need to access video surveillance footage that will prove your innocence.
- You have been charged with a serious felony or DUI that could result in jail time.
- You can’t appear in court due to workplace or childcare restrictions.
- You live out-of-city or out-of-state and would like a representative to appear in court for you.
- You prefer to have the case thrown out, rather than suffer driving school or insurance rate hikes.
A Texas traffic ticket attorney can determine your legal position and offer advice to help you proceed with contesting the ticket. Lawyers can negotiate with prosecutors and prepare a well-organized defense for court. At minimum, you could see a reduction in your fines or penalties. Ideally, your legal representative can argue sufficiently enough to get the ticket dismissed altogether. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegramexplains, unpaid traffic tickets can unravel your life.
Texas Traffic Tickets: How to Plead
You can plead one of three different ways on Texas traffic tickets:
- Guilty – You admit your wrongdoing. You’ll be required to pay your ticket and fines, though you may be given the opportunity to negotiate a lesser fines and points by taking a defensive driving class.
- No Contest – You do not admit wrongdoing, but you are not going to fight the charges either. The punishment is essentially the same as a guilty plea. If a lawsuit has been filed against you, a “no contest” plea is preferable, as a guilty plea can be used as an admission in civil court to show fault.
- Not Guilty – You agree to present your case in front of a judge in attempt to walk away from the situation without a penalty or violations on your record.
Do You Have Unpaid Traffic Tickets in Texas?
If you have unpaid traffic tickets in Texas, there may be a citation out for your arrest. Search your name, driver’s license ID number, and date of birth on the Texas Department of Public Safety website to find out.
In most cases, you’ll be contacted by an officer letting you know you have at least two warrants out for your arrest – one for the traffic infraction itself, and another for failing to appear in court. The officer will then ask you if you’d like to be picked up by a police car, or if you’d like to preemptively bond yourself out of jail (for a cost of about $200 per charge).
The bond money ensures you’ll show up in court. If you do, you’ll get your money back. If you don’t, the court keeps it. If you don’t have the cash to pay a bond, you could appeal to a bail bonds agency, which will front you the money, but charge a 10-15% fee.
At the very least, you’ll attempt to renew your driver’s license and get denied. You will need to immediately pay all past-due fines, as well as a $125 license reinstatement fee. It could take up to 21 days to get your license reinstated. Any points on your license will remain for three years, essentially placing you on probation and driving up insurance rates.
Traffic Ticket Lawyer Dallas
If you need a traffic ticket lawyer, Andrew Peveto has a winning record you can count on. Even clients with a history of past infractions or multiple DUIs have gotten great results on their traffic ticket problems when working with Peveto Law Office. Over the past 10 years, Mr. Peveto has been recognized as a “Top Three Criminal Defense Lawyer” (by the Three Best Rated® organization), a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” (by the National Trial Lawyers). An initial consultation to help you explore your legal options is always provided free of charge.