Absolutely! When you submit your information to 1-877-Violation, we analyze your ticket, and send the traffic ticket attorney a detailed snapshot of your situation. This process eliminates much of the time it takes for the attorney to gather information, leaving him or her free to spend that time answering your questions and advising you on how to proceed.
In most states, paying the fine means the ticket will be on your record for the next THREE YEARS (SEVEN YEARS in Florida). Insurance companies regularly check their customers driving records and can increase insurance premiums if they find a ticket. Additionally, Texas' new "Drivers Responsibility Program" means each traffic violation conviction results in points against your driver's license. Accumulating points results in additional fines and even suspension of your license. Traffic law violations in most states are also criminal convictions, that's right, CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS! (except in Florida, unless specified) They show up on background checks done by prospective employers and can even be used as evidence against you if you are sued as a result of an automobile collision.
Driver's Safety Courses mean additional court fees, course fees and up to 8 hours of your time! The fact you took defensive driving remains on your record for an entire year, removing it as a possible solution for a future, more expensive, ticket. As a matter of fact, in some states such as Florida, traffic school can remain on a person's record for at least SEVEN YEARS. Also, in many cases, drivers forget to take the course or run out of time, resulting in a conviction on their record. Your attorney's knowledge of the law can keep that ticket off of your record without all of the hassle of a driver's safety course.
When your lawyer appears on your behalf, he or she will bargain with the assistant district attorney or officer of the court to keep that ticket off of your record. In most cases, traffic courts are more interested in your money than a conviction and will defer or even dismiss charges if the fine is paid (except in Florida). 1-877-Violation does not charge you a fee. You pay the attorney fees once you make a decision to use an attorney.
In most situations, your attorney will dispose of your ticket at the arraignment (except in Florida, where pleas are done by mail). The date you are ordered to appear on your ticket is called the arraignment date and the purpose of the arraignment is to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest. If your attorney is not able to negotiate a favorable outcome for you, he or she will contact you to see if you want to go to trial. For private driver's license holders, going to trial will require an additional fee.
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