Driving is one of the most important core privileges in a highly mobile society.
But human error is often the companion of many drivers and when that happens, legal problems related to your driving can take place. Many people assume that there’s no need to hire a lawyer to fight a traffic ticket, and in some instances that may be true, but if you’ve committed a traffic violation in Perth Amboy, Plainfield, Newark or any one of New Jersey’s towns and cities, it may just make sense to hire an experienced lawyer to help you minimize the impact a traffic ticket can bring.
If you’ve committed a serious violation, such as DWI, reckless driving or have committed multiple violations, then you should hire a lawyer without delay. The consequences of trying to represent yourself can cost you far more than the fees you’ll pay for representation. In some instances, you may be required to appear in court personally to answer your charges, even if that court appearance is in a jurisdiction several hours away.
If you have trouble getting away from work or other complications in your life, it would make sense to have a lawyer represent you, if allowed by the local jurisdiction. Even if you’ve committed a lesser infraction, such as speeding, failure to signal or some of the more common infractions, hiring an attorney may make sound financial sense. That’s because tickets don’t typically show up on a driver’s record until a fine is paid or the driver is convicted in court. For a nominal fee, many traffic ticket lawyers may find a way to lessen the charges against you or have the ticket dismissed altogether.
With no ding on your driving record, your insurance won’t go up and you won’t tally any points on your driving record. And if you drive for a living, such as a commercial truck driver, it makes sense to always hire a lawyer to fight a ticket on your behalf because tickets can jeopardize your ability to make a living. Before making a final decision about hiring a lawyer, consider this.
In New Jersey, a ticket for careless driving which is the least expensive infraction in the state, can carry $250 in fines and court fees. For about the same cost, you can hire a lawyer and greatly improve your chances of having the ticket dismissed. Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq is a full service New Jersey law firm with offices in Elizabeth, Freehold, Hackensack, Newark, New Bruswick, Perth Amboy, Plainfield and Trenton.