Do I Need A Lawyer For A Traffic Ticket?

You do not need a lawyer for a traffic ticket. If you’re not a total jerk in the interaction with the officer, and you weren’t going 130 MPH, then you can very likely negotiate a really good deal on your first (or even second) traffic offense. By really good deal, we mean a reduction to something that is not a moving violation, or doesn’t show up on your record so as not to increase your insurance rates.

Hiring a lawyer is not going to get your ticket thrown out, and even if it did, the cost of the attorney is more than the price of the ticket.

I am a CDL holder. Now do I need a lawyer?

If you are a CDL holder, then you should definitely call Lion Legal.

Arkansas law does not allow a prosecutor to reduce or dismiss a traffic citation to a CDL holder, even if you were only in your personal car. This is because drivers who drive professionally are held to a much higher standard than other drivers, and that standard applies all the time.

Our only choice in CDL cases is to defend aggressively, and convince the judge that you are in fact not guilty. The fee for CDL tickets is $1,500. It’s a steep price, when compared to the fine, but it’s not the fine you’re really trying to avoid—it’s the points on your license, and the effect a conviction could have on employment status and insurance rates.

So, what should I do?

If you’re not a CDL, then this is something you can handle on your own – simply call the prosecutor and ask for a deal. Don’t start out defending yourself, just ask for leniency and take the offer of civil penalty, pass to dismiss, or any non-moving traffic violation such as immoderate driving. Fines range from $75-250, depending on the county and how fast you were going, and attorney’s fees start at $500. 

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