Should I Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney?

Jan 13, 2016 | Traffic Defense

One of the most common citations issued by law enforcement is speeding and driving violations.

On any given day in Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities, I would not be surprised if law enforcement issues hundreds of driving citations.

The charges range from simply speeding, careless driving, reckless driving, driving under restraint, no proof of insurance and no registration. More serious and gratefully less common are driving cases such as DWAI, DUI, vehicular assault, and vehicular homicide. The consequences of violating the law range from a small fine and no points, to massive fines, supervised probation, and even large amounts of prison time.

As a criminal defense attorney in Colorado Springs and Teller County, I handle all types of criminal matters including traffic tickets. Often people will call me and ask whether they need an attorney to represent them.

My standard advice is that any person charged with a ticket six points or higher may benefit from the assistance of an attorney. The reason is that an adult driver (over 21 years of age) cannot receive 12 points or more in a year period, and 18 points in two years. If a person receives 12 points or more than that person’s license will be suspended for up to 1 year. Any charge that involves half of the points allowable in a year period is serious enough to involve an attorney.

Often for a first time offender, depending on the court, there is more likelihood of getting no points in exchange for a driving class or a larger fine. In traffic cases, such as careless driving and reckless driving, the charge is based on the law enforcement officer’s subjective opinion that the law has been violated. Often with the help of an attorney, you can prevail in such cases.

If you have questions about your traffic case, please call my office. I am more than happy to offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case. If a criminal defense attorney will be of no help I will honestly let you know. Having had experience dealing with hundreds of traffic tickets, I will know the best course to take. Please contact James Newby Law for a free consultation. We are now taking cases in El Paso County, Teller County, and the surrounding areas.