It is true that California is one of the strictest states in the nation as far as traffic rules and regulations. If you are cited for breaking any of those rules and regulations, you will discover California is also one of the most expensive states in terms of fees and fines.
There is no doubt that getting pulled over by the police and handed a traffic ticket can literally ruin your day. It can also ruin your budget and seriously cut into your free time. Whether you choose to go to court to fight the ticket, hire an attorney to do that for you, take traffic school online (for hours and hours and hours) or simply pay the fine and accept the points on your license, it seems there is no way out of the impact that ticket has on your life.
Only there is a way out. It is called Trial By Written Declaration and it works far better than any of the options we’ve just described. In this blog find out if you need a California traffic ticket attorney free consultation to fight your ticket successfully.
Should You Schedule a Free Consultation With a California Traffic Attorney?
The internet is full – clogged, even – with attorney websites begging for your business. Many will offer you a free initial consultation as a way to try to convince you they can do a better job getting your traffic ticket dismissed than you can.
It is really stressful to get a traffic ticket and so it can feel tempting to just put the responsibility for fighting it into an attorney’s hands, especially after taking the time to drive to the lawyer’s office and sit through your California traffic ticket attorney free consultation. But is this really going to help?
The truth is, it probably won’t do any good to hire a California traffic ticket attorney. Here is why.
Whether you go to court or your newly hired traffic ticket attorney goes to court for you, you will both still be hoping for just one thing: that the ticketing police officer won’t show up. If this happens, your ticket will be dismissed outright. Yay!
If you go to court yourself and the officer doesn’t show up, you can just go home and you aren’t any cash for your trouble (aside from the lost income from taking time off work to go). If your attorney goes to court for you and the officer doesn’t show up, they go back to the office and bill you for their time.
Whether you or your attorney goes to court to fight your traffic ticket, if the ticketing officer does show up, it will still be up to the judge to decide whether to uphold or dismiss your ticket. In this case, it is highly likely the judge will be more likely to dismiss your ticket when it is you instead of some random attorney standing at the podium.
And here again, whether the judge does dismiss your ticket or not, if you hired an attorney, they will bill you either way.
You Don’t Have to Go to Court to Fight Your Ticket
Not only do you not need an attorney to get your traffic ticket dismissed, but you also don’t even need to go to court to do it. In fact, the backlogged, overworked California traffic court staff would like to keep you out of the courtroom if at all possible and we have proof that this is the truth.
To see it, go get your traffic citation and turn it over. On the back you will see a lot of fine print. At the top, you will see the title “Trial By Written Declaration.”
This is a process the California traffic court system has set up to help California drivers contest their traffic tickets without having to go to court – or even leave the house.
In other words, you don’t have to make any phone calls, take time off work, go to the courthouse and stand in line, stand before a judge or do any of the time-consuming and stressful things most drivers automatically think of when they are handed a traffic ticket.
You don’t have to do any of these things and you can still get your traffic ticket dismissed. Here is what to do.
How to Use Trial By Written Declaration
To get started, all you have to do is to visit us at GetDismissed to complete your online profile and set up your account.
Once your account is confirmed, you can upload your traffic ticket, tell us more about what happened and then check your email inbox for news that your defense documents are ready.
When this email arrives, download and review your defense documents, sign and date them, prepare your check for the bail amount and send the whole packet to the courthouse via Certified Mail or FedEx (this ensures you will be able to track the packet and verify that it arrived safely and by the due date).
Don’t worry about the need to post the bail amount. When your ticket gets dismissed, the court system will refund this amount to you in full.
It can take up to 90 days to receive written notification back from the court that your ticket has been dismissed (this backlog is also why the court staff really wants you to use Trial By Written Declaration rather than going to court in person).
Why Use Get Dismissed to Fight Your Traffic Ticket
Why should you use GetDismissed to dismiss your traffic ticket rather than opting for a California traffic ticket attorney free consultation?
In a nutshell, because our track record is much better! We get more traffic tickets dismissed using Trial By Written Declaration daily than most attorneys do in a month or even a year. Plus, it is fast and easy.
Check us out at getdismissed.com to learn more and get started.
What Types of Tickets Do We Help With?
GetDismissed produces results in fighting all kinds of tickets. Unfortunately, this list does not include exhibition of speed citations. Your best bet in fighting one of these infractions, is to contact an attorney. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to try and reduce fines, or even to reduce the charges to a lesser infraction which could possibly qualify for traffic school.
We do however, contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, U-turns, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact us today.