While many people recognize that being accused of a serious misdemeanor or a felony warrants the insight of an experienced criminal defense attorney, most don’t realize the helpful impact that an attorney can have with a traffic ticket case. If you have previous traffic tickets or other offenses on your record, it is essential to have the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you.
Traffic Ticket Defense And Possible Penalties
There are many different traffic violations in Connecticut that most people don’t realize can have a significant impact on your life. Some traffic offenses carry the possibility of prison time. Others, by themselves, can cause a suspension of your license for a period of time. Still others, in combination with prior convictions, can cause your license to be suspended, or result in the requirement that you complete an operator retraining program. And, of course, there is the impact any traffic conviction can have upon your auto insurance premiums.
If you have received a citation in Connecticut for any traffic violation, you need someone in your corner who has solid experience, a strong reputation, and knowledge of the law, the system, and the players. If you receive a ticket for an offense that carries possible prison time, you will be required to appear in court. And in that case, you absolutely need to hire an attorney to assist you. If, on the other hand, you receive a ticket for an offense or offenses that carry fines only, you have two options available to you:
- You can plead guilty and pay the fine, which constitutes a conviction that will show up on your record and may result in the assessment of points.
- You can plead not guilty (you can do this online), after which a court date will be scheduled.
Benefits Of A Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney
Your initial consultation with a Connecticut traffic ticket defense attorney can give you more information about whether or not it is in your best interests to fight the ticket. Most people don’t realize all of the benefits typically associated with fighting a traffic ticket, and don’t see how investing in an attorney can save them a great deal of costs down the line. For example, at the very least, if you live out-of-state, or work full time, you can save money in time and travel costs by having the attorney appear on your behalf to negotiate and resolve the matter without you having to appear.
Reduced Charges Or Fines And Possible Dismissal
It is much better to at least know what you are looking at when contemplating the prospect of hiring a criminal defense attorney to defend you in a traffic matter. Accordingly, you should not pay any ticket or admit guilt until you’ve had the opportunity to speak directly with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A Connecticut traffic ticket attorney may be successful in getting your traffic ticket dismissed, resolved without a conviction through a charitable contribution, or minimized significantly through a lesser offense and/or a reduced fine.
So, before you pay that fine, call tel:860-530-1781 or email J. Christopher Llinas, Esq. at Llinas Law, LLC for a free consultation to discuss your case and go over your options.