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.