Hiring A Traffic Violation Attorney
Getting a traffic ticket is stressful and annoying for every driver, but do you know that that seemingly minor violation could have negative consequences on your life for years to come? Depending on the type of violation you receive, your driving record, your criminal history and your general life circumstances, having a violation on your record has the potential to impact you in a number of unforeseen and unwelcome ways.
A skilled Lansing criminal defense lawyer can help you fight your ticket, and depending on your circumstances, may be able to have it dropped completely or reduced significantly. Contact DeBruin Law, PLLC today to discuss your unique situation and options for fighting your ticket.
Why Fight A Traffic Violation?
A ticket may seem like no big deal, and in some circumstances, it is. But for many people, a traffic violation can have long-lasting consequences. Do you have other violations on your driving record? Points on your license? What about a criminal history? Do you drive for a living, or is driving an important part of your job? Are you trying to move up in your career, get into a university or obtain a professional license? Do you feel like you already pay too much for car insurance? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s important to understand that a traffic violation could seriously impact your life. Accepting responsibility for a traffic violation means you may face:
Costly Fines And Fees
Points on your license are especially damaging when in conjunction with prior violations and already imperfect driving records. Depending on how many points you have, you could face sanctions to your license like restrictions or suspension.
Rising insurance rates. Traffic violations generally lead to inflated insurance premiums, sometimes for years. Expect your rates to go even higher if you are a young driver or you have multiple violations on your record.
It is standard practice to check the criminal history and driving record of applicants for jobs, universities and professional licenses. You may have to explain your traffic violation, and you may be a less attractive candidate because of it.
Hiring A Lansing Traffic Violation Attorney
Because traffic violations can have such serious implications on peoples’ lives and futures, many people choose to fight their tickets with the help of a professional traffic defense attorney. Here are some important things to know and questions to ask when you’re thinking about hiring a lawyer to help you fight your traffic violation:
What will a traffic defense attorney do for you? Every case is different, but a lawyer may be able to help you in a number of different ways. Your lawyer will interview you thoroughly about your traffic violation. She will then talk to any other available witnesses such as your ticketing officer if necessary. She may work to collect other evidence to help bolster a defense, like photos or videos from surveillance, red light or cell phone cameras. She will use her legal training, regional knowledge and rapport with prosecutors and judges to fight to have your ticket dropped, or to negotiate to lessen the ticket and mitigate the damages.
What are important qualities in a traffic defense attorney? In order to get the most comprehensive and effective representation, it’s important for your lawyer to have relevant experience fighting traffic violations. Since traffic tickets are very local matters, you will benefit from a lawyer with regional knowledge and solid professional relationships with the prosecutors, judges and magistrates who will decide your case. Finally, you must feel comfortable talking to your lawyer and feel confident that she will be accessible to you to answer your questions and address your concerns through the resolution of your matter.
Questions To Ask Your Lansing Criminal Defense Lawyer
- What kind of experience do you have handling matters like mine?
- What kind of experience do you have in the court where my ticket will be decided?
- What are your ideas about possible defense strategies for my traffic violation?
- What are the possible outcomes of my case?
- How much does it cost to hire you?
- What services are included in your fee?
- How will you let me know if I am incurring additional charges?
- When do you require that I pay your fee, and what payment options do you offer?
- How often will you be in contact with me?
- What is the best way to reach you with questions and concerns and what kind of turnaround can I expect from you?
- How often will you update me about the progress of my case, and how can I expect to receive those updates?
Tiffany DeBruin is a dedicated and compassionate advocate who has been successfully defending traffic violations in the Lansing region for several years. She is ready to put her years of legal training and vast regional knowledge to work for you. Call DeBruin Law, PLLC today at 517-731-0353.