Author: Errol Buxton

Speeding Ticket LawyerSpeeding Ticket Lawyer

There are two things to understand before you hire a lawyer for your traffic ticket case.  First, a traffic ticket lawyer will likely cost you as much or more than the ticket itself if it is a simple speeding fine (these average about $150).  Second, hiring a lawyer is no guarantee that you’ll win and fees are non-refundable.

Knowing all of that, there are plenty of reasons you should hire a speeding ticket lawyer in many circumstances.

If the fine is high or the charge severe, then you’ll be glad you have a lawyer.  These would include things like very high speeding infractions, which can get to $500 or more or for criminal traffic cases such as reckless endangerment or similar charges.

The $200 to $1,000 you spend on that lawyer for a couple of days in court can mean saving your driving record (or even your license) and maybe even saving you from jail time.

In many traffic ticket cases, a lawyer can make a deal with a prosecutor or plea a special privilege to the judge to get your fine reduced or removed – or even have the whole case thrown out.

Of course, most lawyers aren’t Perry Mason, so don’t expect yours to find some loophole or problem with the case that blows it out of the water.  The majority of speeding ticket lawyers probably haven’t looked at anything but your name and check before the case begins – they don’t need to.

They know that their presence is likely enough to resolve the case without any special theatrics.

So hiring a traffic ticket lawyer can be a good thing in many circumstances.  If your fines are very high or if what you’re being accused of is a crime punishable by jail, you should consider a lawyer.  It could make all the difference.…

Seat Belt ViolationsSeat Belt Violations

In nearly every state in the nation, it’s illegal to drive without a seat belt.  Seat belts save lives, that is proven. Some disagree with seatbelt laws, but regardless of your view, they are in effect nearly everywhere. A recent study of the death of police officers found that more than 80% of offices who were killed in an auto crash were not wearing their seatbelt at the time. Many people don’t wear a seatbelt because there are too restrictive. Police officers don’t like to wear them because it slows their movements in and out of their vehicles following an arrest or incident. Wearing seat belts saves lives and that’s all there is to it.

It is, however, not legal in many areas for a police officer to pull you over and give you a ticket based solely on you not wearing a seat belt. In many parts of the country, a police officer cannot pull you over for not wearing a seat belt but can give you a ticket for not wearing one in conjunction with another traffic violation (speeding, missing a stop sign, etc).

In many areas, passengers who are not wearing a seat belt can also be issued tickets.  In other areas, those passengers are the driver’s responsibility and their lack of seat belt use means another ticket for the driver.  It pays to be aware of the laws in your area.

Traffic violations are common and paying traffic ticket fines is not fun.  When the mandatory seat belt fine is added to that, though, it’s only worse.  So for your own safety and to save yourself the added headache of a tack-on ticket, wear your seat belt at all times.…