Traffic Ticket Secrets Review

At one point in time everyone one has gone over the speed limit, even if it was just for a moment. Most people notice, reduce their speed and continue on their way. Very few people are actually stopped and given a ticket when they speed. When it comes to speeding, luck, timing and location count for everything. A speeding ticket is usually the result of having unfortunate timing and going over the speed limit in the wrong place. Often people are ticketed when driving with traffic. Everyone is going over the limit and there is no rhyme or reason for why one car is picked over another one to receive a ticket. It really is the luck of the draw.

1. Why Fight Paying?

Once a speeding ticket has been issued there are consequences to be faced. Consequences of a speeding ticket are more extensive then just a fine. They are recorded in peoples driving records. With enough traffic violations, such as speeding, driving licenses can be revoked. Insurance companies will often increase the monthly cost of insurance by $25 for a single ticket for speeding. Once a ticket has been recorded on a person’s driving record there is concern of what the impact of a second ticket would be. The best thing is to find a way to fight the first ticket, and any that follow. The question is, how?

2. Secrets To Fighting Successfully.

Traffic Ticket Secrets gives everyone the ability to fight a ticket for speeding. For starters the book shows how to get the best plea bargain possible. This can reduce the fine and prevent points from being added to a driver’s record. Traffic Ticket Secrets points out ways to get the charges dropped, completely. There are many legal requirements missed when tickets are give and legal loopholes that can be used. For example there are legal requirements police officers frequently forget to do during traffics stops. The average person does not know what they are, and don’t know that if not done the ticket will be invalid.

3. Conclusion.

Traffic Ticket Secrets is full of tips and techniques that can help anyone with a ticket for speeding. It is all legal, but not well known. Traffic Ticket Secrets has all the information in one place making it easier to know how to successfully fight a ticket.

Blogs and Forums For Lawyers – An Effective Way to Increase Your Site Traffic

Ever thought how you can increase traffic to your site? Well, one of the most intelligent and prolific way is to involve in the process of writing blogs and forums which enhances your sites image and thus brings on added (visitors can also be increased through other Search Engine Optimization techniques) customers.

In the legal world too, such methods of communication and interaction is hugely popular and lawyers are no less in following such trends leaping forward with the vast legal world. Legal business, unlike previous days, is bigger and better now. The advent of large number of LPOs (Legal Process Outsourcing) has added to that purpose. Legal firms across the world are more interested in outsourcing services to other firms offshore (or onshore) and globally huge transactions are taking place among clients and their lawyers. Truly, recession is a boon for lawyers with large number of big and small companies going bankrupt.

With such great number of lawyers and attorneys vying for a share of the lucrative legal business, it is imperative upon lawyers to publicize themselves to portray as the best legal firm or lawyer thriving in this sector.

Blogging has become an indispensable part of our lifestyle and culture. Lawyers can use blogging as an effective tool for optimizing traffic to website. Based on different aspects of legal profession, they can express their own views on latest news or happenings, which may interest visitors or rather clients to read your piece and browse through site link or address placed intentionally within it. According to expert bloggers, blogging should have a viral effect and the power to enhance your image as well as business needs. Various blogging sites are there which satisfy your needs where you can post blog free of cost.

Forums, or more aptly community building is another tool where people from common background interact through common topic discussions supported by short articles or questions. Lawyers, sharing thoughts and views on legal matters through forums can enrich the need of a platform where one can increase visitors to their respective site either through URL links or mentioning site address therein.

Legal Rights Advice: 10 Areas of Fun Regarding Legal Help

When you think of lawyers, what do you think about? You may think about stress, hourly costs, retainer fees, expensive, people in suit and ties, court, getting sued, suing others, family dynamics, or any number of other things. Why isn’t fun, enjoyable, easy or empowering on that list? It could be. Lawyers are helping people everyday with difficult situations. They can help you with what you need. Why aren’t they?

Though there are many reasons why people don’t seek the aid of an attorney, it can be fun. In this article, there are ten things that can be fun in seeking legal rights advice. First, it can be fun to know what your rights even are. You may not even know your rights in a certain situation. Gaining advice on legal matters can help you gain peace of mind knowing there is help with what you’re going through. Not only can gaining advice be fun, but it can empower you to take the action you need to in order to handle the issue in a way that will empower you and help you sleep at night.

Second, in addition to knowing your legal rights, it can be fun to get useful facts that may help you in the future. For example, do you know the difference between a will and a trust is? Do you know what a living will/advanced directive is? Since it would be beneficial for you to have these, it would be helpful to know which one, and under what circumstances, can be right for you. There are many laws and legal questions you might have. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know who to talk to, even if you simply have a legal question you’re curious about?

Third, since wills were already mentioned, do you have a will? We all will die some day and are going to need a will. Wills can be fun and easy to obtain. Lawyers generally do all of the work when it comes to preparing a will. They know which wills are best and the wording to use. After they prepare a will, you can simply sign and have a notary sign in certain areas. It may help you sleep better knowing that your family will be taken care of, if you die in an untimely way.

Fourth, you may think wills, and obtaining legal rights advice, is expensive. It can be, but it can also be affordable. It would be more enjoyable to use an attorney on a regular basis if you knew you could afford it. It might be fun to call an attorney if you knew you wouldn’t have to pay hourly, or for each time you simply ask a question. It would be great to feel empowered to get any number of legal issues handled. Wouldn’t it be good to have an attorney on speed dial?

Fifth, it could give you great peace knowing that you don’t ever have to tolerate being mistreated by another company again. Instead of simply paying fees you don’t owe, for whatever reason, it would be empowering to know that you can have an attorney write a letter for you to any company. Many times, large companies simply give you whatever you want, or make a deal with you, just because they see an attorney’s letterhead. They don’t want to be taken to court, especially if they have a lot to loose.

Sixth, talking about having a lot to loose, do you have a lot to loose each year when you do your taxes? You may, and having help if getting audited by the IRS can calm your mind. It can be a very humiliating experience to be audited, and having help makes it less so. At least you can know what all you need to do in order to make the process shorter. Attorney lawyers can make it a little more fun by having an advocate on your side.

Seventh, having an advocate on your side if you have a traffic ticket also, warranted or not, can be helpful. Have you ever thought about talking to an attorney about a traffic ticket? They may be able to help negotiate your ticket with a prosecutor. They may also help you get the points off a record by defensive driving classes. You can decide what you want to happen, so, you’re always in control in terms of what you want the outcome with a traffic ticket.

Eighth, you can be in control with a divorce or child custody issues. The breaking up and changing of families can be hard enough as it is, without legal battles. Legal battles are often very complicated, with every different family situation. Getting legal rights advice can be essential with these complications. There’s no one-size-fits-all with divorce and child custody – especially yours. You don’t want to try and figure out what to say and do on your own.

Ninth, talking about doing it on your own, if you want to help yourself instead of hiring and attorney for everything, you’ll need forms. Whether you’re handling a divorce, child custody, landlord/tenant or with warranties, you’ll need to know how to write a letter or what to do next. Many online forms are available, from helpful attorneys, if you know where to look.

Tenth, if you get sued, do YOU know where to look for help? Getting sued is some peoples’ worst fears. The thought of having to go to court, finding a lawyer, being in the same room with someone you hate, saying the wrong think to a judge or not knowing what to expect can all be very intimidating. For most people, the courtroom can be very stressful. Being empowered by knowing what to say or having legal representation can take some stress out of the situation. Think of what a relief it would be to know where to turn if that unfortunate legal issue happened to YOU. What a relief to have the help you need in any legal situation.

There many more circumstances to use an attorney, but ten are enough to get you thinking. There are many options and types of attorneys as well as many ways to look for them. Maybe you didn’t know they could help you with all of these things, but they can. Attorneys can be very useful for many types of legal rights advice. Make sure you get your help the right way, when you need it. Why not find out how attorneys can help you? There is no time like now to find out how you can get legal help and how fun it can really be.

Lisa Starr is an Independent Legal Consultant who is committed to helping individuals obtain access to high quality, cost-effective legal services for themselves and their families. There are even affordable small business solutions. For further information about the Best legal options today on how to get all the legal rights advice to protect every member of your family, visit her website and pick up your Free Report [] immediately!

4 Key Questions You Should Ask Before Bringing Your Road Traffic Accident Claim

Being involved in a road traffic accident is likely to be a traumatic experience, even if you walk away relatively unscathed physically the shock of such an event can leave you with psychological wounds that require treatment to heal properly.

Suffering an injury, either physical, physiological or both, can have a devastating effect on your life. Your injury could prevent you from working, either short term or long term, it could make hobbies you once enjoyed impossible, and it could have a negative effect on your relationships with friends and loved ones causing them to either become damaged or break down completely.

There is no way to estimate to effects that a road traffic accident can have on you, and while bringing a claim won’t change the fact that the accident has happened and you are living with the consequences, it can make those consequences easier to manage. Bringing a claim can help you support yourself financially while you get back on your feet, it can bring you closure on a traumatic part of your life, and it can help you find (and afford) treatment options that you were previously unaware of.

However, a claim is not something that should be started lightly; you should carefully consider the pros and cons of bringing a claim, as well as your likelihood of success.

If you are confident you would like to bring a claim then it can be difficult to know where to start, how do you get the ball rolling? Should you go it alone or get a solicitor? What should you be considering before starting a claim?

This article demonstrates four of the key questions you should be asking before you begin your claim to help you make the right decision for you.

Number one: Who was at fault for your accident?

To successfully bring a claim, you must prove three elements. That the Defendant ( the person you want to claim against) owed you a duty of care, that they breached that duty, and that their breach caused you an injury.

If the Defendant was another road user, e.g. a driver or cyclist then they will owe you a duty of care, you will not need to establish this as it is accepted under the law that all road users owe each other a duty of care.

You must next prove that the Defendant breached that duty of care. This means you must prove that it was the Defendant’s fault the accident happened. The easiest way to do this is either by collecting the police accident report (if the police attended the accident they would have produced a report which establishes who they believe was at fault), through dash cam footage, through CCTV footage if it is available or through witness statements.

If the accident was not the Defendants fault, then you will not be able to claim against them. Despite what a lot of adverts say having an accident is not enough to bring a claim, it must be someone else’s fault. It cannot be a genuine accident where no one was at fault, and it cannot have been your fault for you to successfully claim against a Defendant the accident must have been caused by them, at least in part. If there is more than one person at fault, e.g., both you and the Defendant are partly to blame, then you can still bring a claim but any compensation received will be diminished based on the percentage you are found to be at fault.

e.g., if the accident is 80% the Defendants fault and 20% your fault and the case settles for £10,000.00, then you will only receive 80% of £10,00000 as you were partly (20%) to blame.

Number Two: Do you want to bring a claim yourself or go through a solicitor?

If you bring your claim via a solicitor, then you will gain the advantage of having a seasoned legal professional or a team of legal professionals on your side who will run your claim from start to finish. A lot of solicitors will take a road traffic accident claim on a No Win No Fee basis; this means if you are unsuccessful you will not have to pay legal costs. Although you could still be liable for disbursements, disbursements being anything the firm has had to buy to move your case forward, e.g. copies of your medical records, and a medical report. If you win, you will have to use a percentage of your compensation to pay your solicitors. The legal costs in cases like this will be limited to usually 25% of your compensation.

If you bring the claim yourself, then you will have to do all the work yourself, and you will likely be going up against the Defendant’s insurers legal team which can be daunting. You will also have to pay any disbursements out of your pocket as and when they arise and then possibly be reimbursed for them later if you win.

However, if you are successful, you will keep 100% of your compensation.

Number Three: Do you use your insurer’s solicitors or find one yourself?

If you have car insurance, then you may be covered for legal claims and your insurer may run the claim for you using their own in house legal team. This can reduce stress for you as it means everything is taken care of for you and you do not usually have to worry about paying any disbursements if your claim is unsuccessful. However, you will never meet your legal team unless you go to court. All contact is likely to be done by email and over the telephone; you may not have a single claim handler but a team which could mean you talk to a different person each time you phone, although this depends on the company.

If you choose your solicitors, you can pick a firm local to you so you can physically go in and see someone. You can build a relationship with that person and deal with them throughout the process. You can physically drop in when you have questions and or documents you wish to provide.

Neither of these options is more qualified than the other, and it is your decision based on your preferences on how you wish to proceed.

Number Four: What funding options are available?

Most claims involving Road Traffic Accidents can be dealt with by a No Win No Fee Agreement, where should your case be unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any legal fees, but if you are successful, a portion of your compensation will go to the solicitor in legal fees.

You may be able to bring your claim using an existing insurance policy. Your Certificate of Insurance or Policy Schedule will usually state if your car insurance includes a legal expenses policy.

Using your existing insurance policy to bring your claim has an obvious financial advantage, being that it removes the risk from you regarding the need to pay for disbursements. The insurance company will cover your legal fees for your claim if you lose your case. Some insurers will not charge you the 25% if you are successful, but some will, make sure you clarify this with them before agreeing to let them run your claim.

If you are a member of the Trade Union or other similar organisation, they may cover the cost of your claim and may have their solicitors whom they can instruct on your behalf.

Lastly, you can self-fund a claim either by paying a solicitor privately or by running the claim yourself. If you decide to pay a solicitor privately, they then will submit monthly invoices to you, which you will then have to pay. It is likely they will also ask for a sum on account of work and disbursements.

If you decide to run your claim yourself, you will be required to pay the costs of the case as it progresses. This means paying the solicitor fees and disbursements that arise when they arise. You should discuss hourly rates and how many hours worth of work your case will involve with your solicitor. Keep in mind this is the most expensive way to run this type of case, and it will not be cheap. You could end up paying out more in legal fees than you receive in compensation.


Was a friend with you in the car? Can you claim together?

While it won’t necessarily help or hinder your claim, having a friend to claim with can provide you with a unique support network. It will also give you someone to discuss matters with to help you recall events and give a voice to your concerns and thoughts.

In conclusion, deciding to bring a claim is never an easy decision or one that should be made lightly. It should be given much thought, and you should consider whether or not you have a valid legal claim, how you will fund your claim, and how you will progress your claim. If you are unsure about any of these elements a lot of solicitors offer a free advice session. Many firms will use a free advice session to assess whether or not you have a claim.

The Ridiculous Resiliency of Red Light Traffic Cameras

Red light traffic cameras have been the bane of many drivers for a number of years now. Since 2007, the State of Florida has relied on these traffic cameras to supplement (to a tremendous degree) the income of the various municipalities that employ their use. This is in spite of the fact that the constitutionality of using them has always been in question. In fact, it wasn’t until 2010 that the matter was even addressed legally. Yet it seems like every time we score a small victory in getting the use of these cameras repealed, they pop up in some other town where the question of the legitimacy of their use just goes completely ignored.

Many drivers in Coral Springs probably sighed with relief when the city took down the red light traffic cameras which it has installed at seven traffic locations. Unfortunately for motorists in this city, it seems it was only a temporary reprieve. Apparently, the cameras were not functioning properly which is the reason for their removal. It seems that the cameras “performance and accuracy” were of concern. This is something that has been a matter of consideration for all of us about the use of red light traffic cameras, but many city governments don’t seem to be listening.

By example, Coral Springs doesn’t intend to do away with its program, as so many had hoped. Instead, they intend to hire the same Arizona-based company, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) that so many other Florida cities use to install and monitor red light traffic cameras. This is the same company that is currently under examination for its practice of issuing traffic citations to Florida drivers by a non-law enforcement individual. The constitutionality of this practice is constantly under scrutiny and the practice has been dragged through the court system for years.

A recent newspaper article reported that Boynton Beach is also is still using red light traffic cameras, and intends to continue their use even though almost 60 of the tickets issued due to them were dismissed by a traffic court hearing officer last week. The response from city officials was basically, “So what?” They intend to continue to issue these tickets, in spite of the ruling. Considering that had the tickets not been dismissed, the city would have garnered almost $9,500 in fines, it’s easy to understand what motivates them to continue this practice.

“We’re continuing business as usual,” said Commissioner Joe Casello on Wednesday. “We’re still issuing tickets and going through the process.”

If not for the financial gain that these red light traffic cameras offer to the towns that use them, it is hard to fathom why some places so stubbornly hold on to the practice. The argument that they increase public safety falls apart when you consider that so many cities have instituted and then canceled their red light traffic camera programs. Boca Raton, Margate, and Hallandale Beach have all joined in opting out of the legal sticky wicket that red light camera traffic tickets create.

This obstinate noncompliance on the part of Boynton Beach officials comes on the heels of not only the mass dismissal of traffic tickets, but also in the wake of the 4th District Court of Appeal’s refusal to revisit an October ruling pertaining to traffic cameras in Hollywood. This ruling found that Florida cities cannot empower third-parties with the authority to issue traffic tickets, yet both Boynton Beach and Hollywood continue to issue red light traffic camera tickets.

These legal actions seem to be falling upon deaf ears in many communities as evidenced by a November vote in Boynton Beach to continue to support their contract with ATS. ATS has installed, and continues to maintain, the 15 red light traffic cameras that are operating in Boynton Beach, as well as the cameras in Hollywood. That’s a pretty sweet deal for this company when you consider the cost of installing these cameras, how much they get to maintain them, and the percentage of the $158 fine they get for each traffic ticket that is issued due to the cameras. The rationale of these towns in continuing to use this method of issuing traffic citations is when ATS sends the citations to the towns that they are issued for, that police officers then review them, thereby making them legal. The courts seem to be increasingly leaning in the other direction on the subject which is why so many of these traffic citations were recently dismissed. Boynton Beach failed to prove that their red light traffic camera tickets are issued any differently from any other Florida towns that use ATS.

I always advocate that drivers should fight their traffic tickets even though I know that it is really easy to become intimidated by the legal system. Many people think that you just can’t win when it comes to a traffic ticket. Drivers should, however, keep in mind that even though only 5% of traffic tickets are fought in court, a large number of the tickets that are defended are done so successfully. Consequently, when it comes to the legal controversy surrounding traffic camera tickets, the shaky ground upon which they are based makes it more likely that a good traffic ticket attorney can get your ticket dismissed or reduced.

Don’t just pay that fine because with the way things look, sooner or later these cameras are bound to become illegal. When that happens, it may be mandated that those motorists who have paid traffic tickets as a result of these cameras get a refund of any fines paid. However, the bureaucracy that would surround such a legal mess would probably make it virtually impossible to expect to actually receive a refund. When you factor in a third-party vendor such as ATS, things really get hairy. Not only would the state have to work out a system to ensure refunds to motorists, but I can assure you that the vendor is not going to happily part with any funds that it feels it earned by installing and maintaining the cameras, and then issuing the tickets. The Pandora’s Box that would be opened by such a scenario would be tremendous. It’s a lot smarter to hold on to your funds and let a good traffic ticket attorney resolve this matter before that scenario unfolds.

How to Change Traffic Lights on Your Motorcycle – The Legal Way!

Search Google for “how to change traffic lights” and you will find numerous sources of information. There are techniques that actually work for example the use of a mobile infrared transmitter (MIRT) and those that don’t like the universal remote control method. One thing that is consistent is that there is only one method that is legal for everyone in all 50 states.

A MIRT works by sending a signal to a traffic light that will either turn the light green or turn all the lights red. This technology is only authorized for emergency vehicle use. If you do not drive a police car, fire truck, or ambulance it is not legal for you to own or operate a MIRT. In Michigan the penalties of using a MIRT or pretty stiff and I assume they are similar for all states.

Michigan MIRT Law…

A misdemeanor and up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $5,000 for the unlawful POSSESSION of a MIRT.
A FELONY charge with up to TWO YEARS in jail and a fine of 10,000 for the unlawful SALE of purchase of a MIRT.
A FELONY charge with up to FIVE years in jail and a fine of $15,000 for individuals using a MIRT that resulted in a traffic accident
A FELONY charge with up to 15 years in jail and a fine of $25,000 for the use of a MIRT resulting in death.

In fact any device used by an individual to alter the normal operation of a traffic light is illegal in all states. With Penalties this stiff why risk it when there is a legal solution. Fortunately, a motorcycle accessory known as a Traffic Light Changer is perfectly legal and works great.

Most traffic lights use electro magnet sensors buried under the road surface to determine if a vehicle is present. They usually appear as large black outlined rectangles on the road surface. Left turn lanes are the most likely to find these sensors but some secondary roads also have lights that will not change until a car is present. These sensors have to be sensitive enough to detect a car on them but not trigger when a vehicle is in the next lane over.

A Traffic light changer does not alter the normal operation of any traffic device. It merely helps to inform the traffic light’s sensors that you are there and waiting. Frankly there are not enough steel parts in a motorcycle to properly trigger the traffic light every time. A traffic light changer simply makes your motorcycle appear much larger to the lights sensors. The best part is that this form of a traffic light changer is completely legal in all 50 states.

The Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/12-601.1 reads, in part:

(e) This Section does not prohibit use by motorcycles of electronic or magnetic safety devices designed to allow traffic control signal systems to recognize or detect motorcycles.

So if you or anyone you know is tired of being stuck at lights for what seems like forever get a traffic light changer today. THey will fit on any motorcycle, install in minutes, can be hidden out of site and are fully self contained. It is a perfect inexpensive and LEGAL solution to a common motorcyclist problem.

Beat a Traffic Ticket: 5 Important Tips

Every day, people across the great state of Florida are stopped, detained, and ticketed by law enforcement for allegedly committing traffic infractions. While most people decide to pay their ticket and move on with their lives, some choose to fight the ticket in court. Of these people, a great majority retain a criminal lawyer to act in their place, and handle the tickets for them. However, a select few decide to handle the case themselves and set a hearing to fight the charge.

First, the requisite warning: if you have the ability, consider hiring a professional to handle your ticket. After all, the police officer who issued you your citation has been the traffic court hundreds if not thousands of times. The hearing officer who will preside over your hearing is likely an attorney who is skilled in the rules of evidence, and who has likewise heard hundreds if not thousands of cases just like yours. Not to mention, a traffic ticket attorney will be familiar with the statutes and case law governing your particular violation. For example, a traffic ticket attorney will likely understand how to examine and officer’s radar log to look for grounds to dismiss the case when dealing with the speeding ticket.

Second, another requisite warning: while the person writing this article is a lawyer, this is not to be construed as legal advice on your particular case. The author is trying to paint a general picture of what happens in a traffic court room. Realize all situations are different. If you are in need of legal advice as it applies to your particular situation, please contact an attorney in your jurisdiction. With that said, this article is dedicated to those citizens who believe the traffic ticket was unjust and unfair. This is for the citizens who want to fight the ticket themselves in court. Without further ado, here are five important things for you to remember when you head into court. Hopefully, this article will help you get your case dismissed, or at least have the points withheld from your records.

1. If the Law Enforcement officer does not show up to the hearing, “move the court” to dismiss your case.

It can really be that simple. Unlike the traditional criminal case, where the prosecutor is the person that is bringing the action against you, in a traffic ticket case the officer that wrote the ticket against you is the person that is bringing the action. Many times, the hearing officer will dismiss the case if the officer does not show up. The thought being, if it’s not important enough to the officer, then it is not important to the hearing officer. Each jurisdiction is different, however. In some jurisdictions, hearing officers will flat dismiss the case with no officer, no questions asked. Most hearing officers, however, will grant the continuance on behalf of the officer if he contacts the court ahead of time and asked for continuance. What to do: when you go to court, check-in with the clerk. She is often the lady that is sitting beside the judge. Ask if the officer has checked in. Otherwise, look around the room! Do you see the officer who wrote you the ticket there? If not, then when you are called to the podium informed the judge that you do not see the officer present, and tell him that you are moving to dismiss the citation. With any luck, judge or hearing officer will grant your motion, and dismiss the case.

2. If you have a just reason, asked the officer if he will dismiss your case.

Remember, the officer is the person bringing the action against you. Accordingly, the officer has the power to dismiss the action against you. If you have a real, legitimate reason that you think justifies the officer dismissing the case, don’t be afraid to tell him. It truly can’t hurt. Along the same vein, if your main concern is the points on your record, asked the officer if he has any objection to a withhold of adjudication. A withhold of adjudication by the hearing officer of you traffic ticket will keep points off your record. Most of the time, when evaluating your case, the hearing officer will ask the cop what he thinks. If you can tell the hearing officer that the arresting officer does not object to a withhold of adjudication, then you will have a better shot in front of the judge of keeping the points on your record.

3. Money Matters: Ask the Hearing Officer for a lesser fine in exchange for a plea

The courtroom in many ways is like the rest of the world: everything is negotiable. If you are going to plea to your traffic ticket, consider asking the judge if he would be willing to lower the fine for you. Try to have a good reason. While this tactic doesn’t work in every jurisdiction, it is always worth a shot.

4. Money matters: if you truly cannot have points on your record, offered to pay an enhanced fine in exchange for a withhold of adjudication.

Alternatively, if your goal is to keep points off your driver’s license record, considering offering the judge paying an enhanced fine in exchange for withholding adjudication. This does not always work either. However as the courts become more strapped for cash, money now talks more than ever. An important point: when trying to work out a deal with the hearing officer, such as seeking a reduced fine or negotiating a withhold of adjudication, try not to also tell the hearing officer why you are not guilty in the first place. That rarely goes over well. You need to go one way or the other. Either you didn’t do it and you’re fighting the ticket, or you didn’t do it and you just want to work out the best resolution possible.

5. Learn the Law Before You Go Into the Courtroom

Every ticket the Officer writes is based on a corresponding law in the Statute book. Take the time to learn the law. Stop at the local law library to look for any case law that interprets your statute. You may find a legal defense that will help you get your case dismissed. Hopefully this article will help those who wish to fight their traffic tickets themselves do so successfully. While traffic tickets are just this civil matter, they can still be very intimidating going into a courtroom and representing yourself. After all, the hearing officer and police officers are pros at this sort of thing. But if you understand the process and the possible results that you can achieve, then you have a good chance of obtaining a favorable outcome.

Be Careful – Traffic Tickets May Increase Your Auto Insurance

Car insurance is required to provide financial protection to the drivers. Moreover, good track record holders and experienced drivers have to pay a less premium as compared to the new one. But drivers should be careful traffic tickets may increase your auto insurance.

All drivers have to pay the cost of driving in form of auto insurance. As there are many companies that provide this service. Coverage is also different for different drivers according to their age, sex, vehicle, driving experience and tickets etc. They decide about the best package for you after checking your past record and experience.

It is important to get training from relevant schools for drivers to avoid tickets. Although, there are many reasons of increase in car rates but traffic tickets is one of the main reasons. A well trained and careful driver can stay away from any penalty or increases. Insurance companies always have a lot of risk when they provide this service to a driver. So that these companies change their coverage and increase rates in case of any traffic tickets.

Any ticket on a license affects the rates for a long time. Sometimes the first ticket increases the rate but in most cases there may be some relaxation on first mistake. Any increase in automobile rates caused by traffic tickets may be on your record for a short time. Further, an increase depends upon the reason of tickets and mistakes of the driver. Any insurance company can eliminate a driver from its financial coverage in case of any serious traffic violation or too many tickets.

Any increase in rates may vary for drivers as different companies have different policies. All changes depend upon the significance of that particular case. It may be the case of speeding ticket at the same time as it can cause an accident. As a result, high risk involves in these kinds of cases and consequently companies increase the policys premium.

As soon as a driver gets a traffic ticket it does not change his policy at that time. However, it may happen once the company observes ticket while checking his record or at the time of renewal agreement. Generally, it takes three year to come back to the normal premium of the auto insurance.

A driver sometimes has to pay double cost if the company notices any traffic ticket on his license. Firstly, the fine associated with ticket and secondly the increase in rates. Further, one can contact his lawyer after getting a traffic ticket for any legal action. An experienced and excellent driver with good past record can get reduction from the company.

Hence, it is encouraging for a driver to maintain good record to avoid extra burden. Even if he gets a citation for any traffic violation, he can manage to avoid extra penalty by getting proper training from a traffic school. Thus, after training citation will be removed from his record. Therefore, every driver should be very careful traffic ticket may increase your auto insurance.

Invalid Traffic Stop As a Legal Defense For DUI

When you are convicted of a Virginia DUI not involving an accident, the arresting officer must have reasonable suspicion for pulling you over. While many legitimate Virginia DUI offenders do display some of the so-called “common behaviors” of drunk driving, some of these behaviors are not legally prohibited by Virginia law and therefore cannot be used as evidence of suspicion.

Reasonable Suspicion of Virginia DUI

An invalid traffic stop often results from the officer not having proof of reasonable suspicion that you were guilty of Virginia DUI. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that an officer must be able to cite reasonable suspicion of a criminal or traffic offense to be able to stop your vehicle. If no reasonable proof of suspicion is provided the Virginia DUI charge must be dismissed.

Weaving Within the Lane While Driving

If the basis for your invalid traffic stop was that you were weaving within the lane, this is not enough cause to stop a vehicle. There are many factors that can lead to a vehicle weaving within the lane, including the influx of larger vehicles on the roads. Larger vehicles tend to seem to weave more than standard cars, just because they take up more of the lane.

Changing Lanes without Signaling

Changing lanes without signaling is actually NOT a traffic violation if it occurs when no other traffic is around. If your invalid traffic stop is due to a change of lanes without a signal, and there were no other vehicles in the vicinity the officer cannot cite you for a traffic violation. This means there was no reasonable suspicion involved and can render your DUI conviction invalid.

Anonymous Tips from Other Drivers

Virginia state police have established a special number (#77) to dial on a cellular phone to report reckless and dangerous drivers. With almost all motorists today carrying cell phones, the chances of frivolous reports also increases. While citizen reports may help point out dangerous driving, the officer responding must observe the behavior themselves and collect details from the caller regarding who they are, how they identified the reckless driving, and what knowledge led them to believe the driver is committing a Virginia DUI.

If the officer involved in your DUI conviction is unable to prove they had reasonable suspicion for your invalid traffic stop or if they cite any of the above reasons for the stop, your case may be dismissed. Misinterpretation of driver behavior, false tips from other drivers and other anomalies in traffic stops have led to many invalid traffic stops and wrongful DUI cases.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Virginia, there is no time to waste! If you want to try to get your license back, you have less than 5 days to hire a lawyer. Your trial date is almost always less than 2 months from the date you were charged and, thus, waiting just 14 days to hire a lawyer could severely handicap your DUI defense.

Think Again Before You Crumple Up That Traffic Ticket!

A lot of people when they get a traffic ticket put it on the back burner and do not treat it very seriously. They do this of course until the court date rolls around and then panic often sets in. At this point, an individual often debates whether or not to simply “mail it in” and plead guilty or instead obtain an attorney and hope to plead to a lesser charge.

While it may be easier and more convenient to sign the back of the ticket, mail it in to the “powers that be” and be done with it, this is almost always not the best choice. By blindly pleading guilty to a traffic ticket, an individual risks points being placed on their license and an increase in insurance premiums often go hand and hand. This can further be of consequence to those who are prone to getting stopped for speeding. The more points a person has on their license, the less likely of a chance they may have in successfully negotiating a plea to a reduced charge.

This is all common sense of course, which is why it should be a no brainer to hire an attorney when getting a traffic ticket. The cost in legal fees will be far less than the increase in insurance rates if a ticket is ignored or a blind plea of guilty is entered.

A lot of times, people plead guilty not knowing of the consequences to only later find out that they now have numerous points on their license. They then tend to seek legal counsel to try to remedy the situation. At this point, an attorney can file what is known as a Coram Nobis, which is a request to the court to review its own judgment. This is an up hill battle to say the least and it can be expensive in terms of legal fees.

In short, when a person gets a traffic ticket, whether it be for speeding or running a red light or stop sign, it is wise to seek legal counsel right away in order to avoid unnecessary points on ones license and increased insurance premiums. To avoid financial burden and overall stress, be sure to think again before you crumple up that traffic ticket.