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 May 13, 2020

Traffic Tickets: Do I Need an Attorney?

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Fighting Traffic Tickets

There is no requirement to hire a lawyer after receiving a traffic ticket, but you have a right to seek legal representation. Some think of a traffic ticket as nothing more than a nuisance, while others approach them with more urgency, particularly with points on their license or when facing expensive fines. After receiving a traffic ticket or citation, you could find yourself dealing with some unpleasant consequences, such as higher insurance premiums, traffic school, or fines and a license suspension.

Depending on your driving history, you may benefit from reducing penalties and fines for any offense, negotiating alternative penalties and punishments, or even having the case dismissed by the traffic court. Engaging with a lawyer may minimize the consequences of a traffic violation.

When a lawyer handles the legal process, you do not have to spend time researching it and going it alone.

When You May Choose a Lawyer for a Traffic Ticket

The nature of the infraction, as well as your driving record and income, may factor into your decision to hire a lawyer or handle the matter yourself. While traffic laws can vary state by state, moving violations that can impact your driving record normally include speeding, failure to yield and stop sign violations. More serious traffic violations that can even include the possibility of jail time include hit-and-run, driving under the influence, and vehicular homicide.

Non-moving violations generally include parking tickets and defective equipment on your vehicle. Before you ever just pay a ticket or seek to represent yourself, you have the right to seek advice and assistance from a lawyer. If you are a LegalShield member, you should contact your provider law firm and provide them a copy of the ticket as soon as possible to preserve your rights and receive the necessary counsel.

How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Traffic Ticket

A lawyer can advise you on the most effective strategies for resolving the case. They listen to your description of the incident that led to the stop and then analyze the citation(s) that the law enforcement officer issued. The lawyer can determine any defenses that may apply. You can then decide with your lawyer how you wish to proceed.

The Impact of More Serious Infractions

If you are charged with a DWI/DUI, misdemeanor, or felony, you stand a chance of not only losing your driver’s license and paying a substantial fine and court costs, but you may even face jail time. In these circumstances, it is important to have the representation of a lawyer.

Ticket Costs vs the Cost of an Attorney with LegalShield

Your bank account can take a significant hit from a single traffic ticket. If your insurance premiums go up or points are added to your motor vehicle record, the damage can be long-term.

As a LegalShield member, a lawyer can help with your traffic ticket. See a legal plan for a specific state of residence for the benefits that apply.

How LegalShield Works

You can sign up for a LegalShield Membership online or call us to gain access to attorneys in your area 24/7 for covered legal emergencies. The mobile application even includes a feature to take a picture of any traffic ticket and send it directly to your provider law firm.

Your membership plan includes consultations with a provider attorney that covers any type of personal legal matter, from traffic tickets and auto accidents to divorces and adoptions. Learn more here.

LegalShield provides access to legal services offered by a network of provider law firms to LegalShield members through membership-based participation. Neither LegalShield nor its officers, employees, or sales associates directly or indirectly provide legal services, representation or advice. See a plan contract at for specific state of residence for complete terms, coverage, amounts, and conditions. This is not intended to be legal advice. Please contact an attorney for legal advice or assistance.


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