3 Reasons to Hire a Traffic Defense Attorney
No one wants to see blue lights flashing in their rearview mirror, especially when you are issued a summons for one or more traffic violations. Depending on the charge, you may be tempted to handle it yourself, but you may be much better off hiring a traffic defense attorney.
While the cost of the ticket will be shown on your citation, traffic charges involve numerous other costs and risks. Here are a few reasons your defense attorney will be well worth the cost.
- Reduces or Eliminates Driver’s License Points
North Carolina has two separate point systems that you are subjected to when you receive a traffic citation. The first of these, which are Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) points, accumulate on your driver’s license and affect your ability to continue to drive.
The number of potential DMV points that you could receive varies based on your citation. For example, if you are charged with littering from your vehicle, you may only be assessed one point, but if you are charged with passing a stopped school bus, you may receive five DMV points.
DMV points remain on your driving record for three years and an accumulation of 12 points during a three year period can result in your licenses being suspended. In addition to an accumulation of points, more serious violations such as DWI, hit and run, or speeding to elude arrest could result in the automatic suspension of your license.
- Reduces or Eliminates Insurance Points
The second type of points you will receive if you are convicted of a traffic violation in the state of NC are insurance points. These too are awarded based on the type of citation you are issued and can range from one to twelve points.
Whereas DMV points affect your ability to drive, insurance points impact how much you will have to pay for your insurance coverage. Insurance points indicate to the insurance company that you pose an increased risk.
The amount of increase you will see varies from company to company but could be substantial even with a few points. If your citation is for a serious traffic offense, you may even be dropped by your insurance company.
Although you may not see an immediate increase if your offense occurred in the middle of your policy period, the increase is coming. Once the points are awarded, you can continue to see an increase in your insurance rates for three or more years following your citation.
Your traffic defense attorney will know how to handle your citation in a manner that could result in the reduction of elimination of any DMV points or insurance points. Your attorney may be able to get your ticket dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.
- Saves You Missed Time From Work
You could choose to pay your citation, fines, and court fees before your court date. Unfortunately, doing so is the equivalent of pleading guilty to the charge.
If you choose to challenge your ticket or plead to a lesser charge, you will have to appear in court one or more times. Although you will know your court dates in advance, you can’t predict how long you will be there.
Your defense attorney will be able to attend these hearings for you. They will report back to you once your case is resolved. This will save you from having to take time off from work.
Carl L Britt, Jr Attorney at Law can help you resolve any traffic violation issues you may have. With years of experience in the courtroom, we have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve the best outcome for your specific offense. Give us a call today so that we can help you.