When you simply just pay your ticket, you are admitting guilt and receive a conviction on your driving record. Convictions may result in points being assessed to your driving record and the accumulation of points may lead to higher insurance premiums and your license may be suspended.
Not Eligible for Driving School - If you have received a citation and you are currently ineligible to elect driving school, you will receive points on your moving-violation citation unless you take your ticket to court. Even when you take your ticket to court, you are not guaranteed to obtain a "no points, no school" outcome but your chances may increase greatly by having a Tampa Ticket Attorney represent you. You are only allowed to elect driving school once every 12 months and 5 times in a lifetime, but a Judge may order you to take driving school at any time.
CDL Drivers - If you recieved a ticket and you hold a valid Florida CDL, you should definitely have an attorney fight this ticket for you - especially, if you were operating your commercial vehicle at the time you were issued the citation. These tickets could potentially result in a temporary / permanent CDL disqualification and loss of employment.
Don't Want to Take Driving School - If you value your time and your time is money, why waste four (4) hours taking an online driving course to avoid points when you may not have to. If you have a reasonable driving history, as determined by a traffic attorney, you may be able to pay a nominal retainer fee to have an attorney negotiate a "no points, no school" outcome.
You Are Innocent - You want your day in court because you believe the officer issued your ticket in error. These situations arise frequently in accident cases where the only witness is the other driver and the officer chose their story over yours. It is important that you consult with a Tampa Ticket Attorney to confirm that you have a valid defense that is worth pursuing.
If you want to protect your driving privilege, you need to hire Traffic Attorney David Gilbert. There are many benefits to hiring an experienced traffic ticket attorney to represent you in court:
You Don't Need to Appear in Court
You do not need to appear in court if you have a Tampa Traffic Attorney appearing on your behalf. This is true even for "mandatory court" offenses (i.e. unlawful speed 30mph+ over posted limit). If a trial is being held, your attorney may have you complete an affidavit of defense so that your testimony can be admitted without you actually being present in court. There are some cases where it would be beneficial for you to appear before the Judge or Hearing Officer but these cases are rare and depend heavily on local practices.
Experienced Traffic Ticket Attorney: Thousands of Tickets Resolved
An Experienced Tampa Ticket Attorney will be familiar with local court practices and procedures. It is this knowledge that gives your attorney the insight and ability to know which defenses will succeed and what negotiation tactics will work to your advantage. When you have an attorney represent you for your traffic citation, the attorney will be able to negotiate directly with the officer that issued the citation and work out the best possible disposition based on your driving history. Best of all, you will not need to appear in court and you will not be required to testify if you have a Tampa Traffic Attorney appear on your behalf.
The Attorney Fees are Reasonable
My fees vary greatly depending on the facts of your individual case, the complexity of the offense, and where the case is going to be heard. Please call our office at (855) 529-3283 for a free consultation and no-obligation fee quote for your case. Costs, if any, are additional.
Rarely Any Additional Costs
With the exception of fines and court costs, you only pay us a one-time flat fee to handle your case. However, if you prefer us to handle certain issues such as late fees, fine payment, etc., an additional fee may be incurred for this service.
Whenever your case does not get dismissed, the Judge / Hearing Officer has the authority to impose a fine of up to $500.00 ($1000.00 in some cases). However, the majority of cases are resolved with a fine that is less than or equal to the fine listed on the citation. In a limited number of courts, the Judge will regularly impose subpoena costs (Normally $40-$90) on top of the face value fine. We often turn away potential clients because their specific situation would not justify paying this additional amount. Feel free to give us a call to get a better understanding of what the potential cost could be, short term and long term.