Traffic Lawyer? San Francisco Knows Better!
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Getting a traffic citation can cause you quite a bit of inconvenience, especially in a city as big as San Francisco. Unfortunately, payments from citations issued are a large source of revenue for state and local governments, so citations will not become a thing of the past for quite some time, if ever.
The conventional wisdom is that contesting your traffic citation will require you to hire an attorney to represent you and travel all the way to the courthouse so you can appear at a traffic court hearing with your attorney to plead your defenses in front of a traffic court judge. Such is not the case, though. Here are a few reasons you do not need to hire a traffic lawyer in San Francisco to help you fight your traffic citation.
Just like everyone else, lawyers need to get paid for the work they do. They need food and shelter as much as the rest of us do. However, in all likelihood, the value a lawyer adds in defend your case will not be worth what you will end up paying for the lawyer to represent you. If you are paying an hourly rate, the lawyer has an incentive to do good work, but an even stronger incentive to do more work.
If you pay the lawyer a flat fee for your defense, the lawyer will have precious few incentives to do more than the bare minimum to defend you. Either way, you will end up paying far too much just to have a lawyer on retainer for your case.
Because defending cases involving traffic citations is such a simple process, lots of lawyers whose practice consists primarily of defending their clients in traffic court make their money on volume. In other words, because there is not much work involved in any one traffic court case, they are able to handle hundreds or even thousands of pending cases at a time.
This may sound like it could lead to a flurry of malpractice claims and complaints to the local bar association, and maybe even to the lawyer’s license to practice law being revoked. Sure, in an extreme case, it could. But the most likely outcome is that you will end up with a lawyer who ignores your calls and messages.
This will leave you completely out of the loop when it comes to the status of your case and how the matter is going to proceed. If you represent yourself, you will always be aware of what is happening with your traffic citation. You will also be able to make strategic decisions about your defense on your own. There is no reason for you to have a third party get between you and the traffic court. You can defend yourself and be your own best resource.
Yes, you read that heading correctly. There is a better, much more convenient way to make your case go away so you can put it behind you. Because California law allows for something called Trial by Written Declaration, there is no need for you to disrupt your daily routine and subject yourself to the inconvenience of traveling all the way to the courthouse, waiting for your lawyer, waiting for the hearings before yours to end and participating in your own hearing. Do not put yourself through all that.
Be smart and take the easy way out. When you choose to have a Trial by Written Declaration, you will state all your defenses in writing and submit your declaration to the court. If you are found not guilty, then you win and the case will be over. If you are found guilty after Trial by Written Declaration, do not worry because your case will not be over. In the event you are found guilty, you can still have a trial in front of a traffic court judge to get a final verdict.
Well, there you have it. You do not have to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees. Instead, you can fight your traffic citation without a lawyer, especially if you use the GetDismissed traffic ticket dismissal service.
When you register for GetDismissed, you are able to assemble your own defense package and get your traffic citation dismissed without ever setting foot in a courthouse.
In fact, you will have to do little more than pick up your phone or computer and enter some information. Once you do that, you will be well on your way to getting rid of that pesky citation and moving on with your life. GetDismissed will leave you with one less headache to endure. The choice is obvious.
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.