We represent traffic violations in the following Arkansas Counties: Faulkner County, Pulaski County, Lonoke County Garland County, Hot Springs County and Jefferson County.
Most people think of a traffic ticket as one of life’s simple annoyances. No matter how good of a driver you may be, odds are, eventually you will get caught committing a minor violation. And there are times when the best thing to do is just pay your fine and move on.
The problem is usually not the small fine that accompanies the ticket, but the inconvenience and time it takes to go to court and the increase in your insurance that can come after a speeding ticket. A good, Arkansas traffic ticket attorney can guide you through the process, keep the ticket off your record, and potentially reduce the fine you must pay.
Here are the 3 most important reasons you want to hire an Arkansas traffic lawyer to handle your traffic ticket:
You Can Reduce the Price of Your Ticket
Even for a routine traffic violation, you will normally pay around $200 for a ticket. If you are traveling in excess of 15 mph over the speed limit or are charged with reckless driving, that amount can double. It is often possible to negotiate with a prosecutor so that you only have to pay a civil penalty, which is normally $115 plus court costs. For many situations, those savings alone will pay for a lawyer.
The real costs of a ticket, however, lie in the increased costs to insure you. It is routine for one traffic ticket to increase your insurance premiums by $300 to $400 per year for three years. This means that your traffic ticket may end up costing you closer to $1,000. Depending on your insurance company and your driving record, that amount could actually be much higher. It could also result in you being dropped from your current insurance provider.
The ultimate cost of a traffic ticket might even be the loss of your job or freedom. If you have a CDL or drive for a living, a ticket could result in you being fired. If you are on probation, certain Arkansas traffic violations may be considered violations of your probation. A ticket on your record might result in revocation of your probation.
You Can Save Time Dealing With Your Ticket
If you have ever been to traffic court, you know that it is not an orderly affair. There are long lines, and it is often hard to know where you are supposed to go. The courtroom is full of people, most of whom are upset about having to be there and act like it.
If you hire an attorney for your traffic ticket, your case will probably be one of the first ones called by the judge. You can probably avoid the lines, as well. This might mean the difference in waiting for ten minutes or waiting for one hour and ten minutes.
This is even more significant if you live out of the area but got a ticket while you were passing through. In that situation, a local lawyer should be able to argue on your behalf without you having to travel to Arkansas.
You May Be Able to Get Out of Your Ticket
We’ve already talked about how much money you can save with a lawyer, but there is some chance you may not have to pay anything.
The police have many procedures that they have to follow. Many times they don’t, but it usually doesn’t matter because no one challenges it. Depending on the size of your ticket and what’s at stake, it may be important to actually fight the ticket.
There is almost no chance of defeating a ticket without a traffic lawyer. The judge sees many people with traffic violations, and they all have the same story: “I didn’t do it.” No one is more convincing than a police officer, and it is almost impossible to put your story up against the police and win. The law is (unfortunately) technical, and it doesn’t matter who is right. It matters who can prove that he or she is right.
The judge is much more likely to take you seriously if you hire an experienced Arkansas traffic lawyer.
The process of hiring an Arkansas traffic lawyer is simple; usually it will not require more than a short phone conversation and an emailed copy of your ticket. In most cases the traffic lawyer can have your ticket handled for you within a few days or even a few hours.
If the case has to go to trial, we will promptly begin an investigation into what actually happened and prepare to defeat the ticket.
If you have received a traffic ticket within the State of Arkansas, please contact us. If we can help, we will. If you don’t need our help, we will tell you.