Traffic tickets can be an expensive nuisance. Some people do not want to go to court to fight the citation due to the time involved. However, this strategy can be costly. There are several advantages to hiring a Houston traffic accident lawyer to represent you during your arraignment and trial.
You can usually pay the fine online, by mail or in person at the courthouse to settle the matter. If you do, you will have to pay the full amount of the ticket, and you are admitting to your guilt. This will most likely affect your insurance premiums and rack up points on your driver’s license. If you accumulate too many points, your license will be suspended.
It can be worthwhile to take the time to fight the charges. Frequently, the prosecutor or judge will permit you to plea to a lesser charge with a lower fine and fewer points against your driving record. That could be the difference between an increase in your insurance rate or no increase. A Houston auto accident lawyer who is familiar with the members of the local court system can get your citation lowered or even dismissed.
If you do not pay the ticket and choose to go to trial, you will first have an arraignment during which you will plead guilty or not guilty. At that point, you will be assigned a future date for your trial. An experienced attorney will gather evidence to exonerate you during that period. You might be required to post bail equal to the amount of your fine. Then, you get your bail money returned after the trial if you are found not guilty. If you are found to be guilty, your bail money will be applied to your fine.
Here are some more benefits of fighting your traffic ticket in court.
- Texas permits some eligible motorists to take a defensive driving class to void a moving violation. You may only take the course once in a 12-month period.
- The police officer may not be able to attend your trial. If that happens, your ticket will be dismissed.
- If you win your case, there will be no record on your driver’s license, and it will have no bearing if you have a job that requires driving, such as delivery.
Our team of Houston vehicle accident lawyers is standing by to help you contest a citation. We can be reached online or at 713-526-0900. If you feel that your traffic ticket was undeserved, we will help you fight the charge. We have been representing Houston-area clients for over 20 years.