By Lawrence Black
If you feel like it is an absolute must to hire a speeding ticket lawyer to help you beat your ticket, then go right ahead. But be forewarned; even after you have paid his ridiculous fees you could still lose your case.
And there aren't any refunds!
A lawyer, will not and can not guarantee your speeding ticket will be dismissed. You could spend hundreds of dollars for nothing. And chances are good that's exactly what you will end up doing.
You see, there is no such thing as a lawyer who specializes in traffic court cases, much less speeding tickets. Okay, maybe there are a few here and there, but for the most part they are extremely hard to find.
There's just not enough money in it. The average fee that a traffic ticket lawyer will charge can be anywhere from $200 all the way to $1,000 (depending on the severity of the charge, the higher end of the pay scale would be for reckless driving cases).
That may seem like a lot of money to you (and quite frankly it is), but to a lawyer this is chump change.
Lawyers are used to making thousands of dollars per case. And this is the primary reason why they do not specialize in traffic tickets.
Believe it or not, the lawyer you hire to handle your ticket probably hasn't been in traffic court more than two or three times in his career. Do you really want someone as inexperienced as that?
And get this, the chance of that lawyer having your case dismissed is extremely slim. The most he can do is plea bargain with the prosecutor and have the charge against you reduced.
This means you'll still have to pay his fees, court fines and possibly court costs.
The best advice I can give you is to stay away from hiring the services of a speeding ticket lawyer. There is one exception however. If the charge against you has the potential to land you in jail or if your driver's license is at stake, then it would be advised to hire an attorney.
Actually it would be pretty foolish not to hire an attorney under these circumstances. There's just too much at stake if you lose your case.
If your situation calls for you hiring a lawyer, then I suggest you locate a competent one in your area.
But my advice is go it alone. You can easily do what they can do. Most (but not all, as I have interviewed some of the best around) lawyers don't know the first thing about traffic laws, the permissibility of evidence or loopholes within the traffic court system they can manipulate.
They don't take the time to research your particular case and local traffic laws as they pertain to you. They haven't the slightest clue of how to discredit the evidence against you. Most speeding ticket lawyers only go to court with one thing in mind.
They are not there to put up a fight in your defense. Rather, they are there to simply plea bargain with the prosecutor. That's why hiring an attorney is such a waste of money.
You can easily do what a traffic ticket attorney could do in court. Plea bargaining with the prosecutor is the easiest thing to accomplish. Many times, the prosecutor is more than willing to plea bargain with you, as long as you have a decent driving record and weren't speeding more than 15 to 20 mph over the limit.
The more the prosecutor can prevent people from taking their speeding tickets to court, the more money the courts save. So, there's really no need to hire someone to do the same thing you can do.
So, save your hard earned money and fight your ticket alone. It'll be the wisest investment you ever make.
Why pay for a speeding ticket lawyer... beat your ticket yourself.
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