Traffic Tickets Will Cost You More Than a Fine!
U.S. News published an article describing The Real Cost of a Traffic Ticket which touched on some of the issues a Denver Traffic Lawyer would encounter on a daily basis when representing people accused of traffic violations in Colorado. Generally speaking, most traffic citations would include a fine and some points against a persons driving record -these are referred to as traffic infractions. Other traffic tickets can include some jail, along with points and a fine -we call these traffic offenses. The article referred above discusses the potential costs a person would encounter, in addition to points against your license and a traffic ticket fine:
- higher insurance rates
- higher traffic ticket fines
- bad driving record
- driving privileges suspended due to excessive points
- Some states, like Texas, charge driver surcharges every year for traffic tickets
Colorado is not one of the states that charge driver surcharges for traffic tickets every year -at least for now. The author of The Real Cost of a Traffic Ticket discussed a persons potential solutions to a persons traffic ticket:
- Hiring a traffic lawyer
- Fighting the ticket yourself
- Taking a traffic school
Hiring a Colorado traffic lawyer vs. fighting the ticket yourself: which is better? If you are out of state, it may be less expensive to hire an dnever traffic lawyer to represent you in court and fight your ticket for compared to flying to colorado from your home state. In those situations, its almost better to find the the best Denver Traffic Lawyer to help you fight your ticket while you stay home. The traffic lawyer has expert skills in looking for defects in the ticket and other technical defects with your traffic ticket -along with the experience to understand the procedure involved with fighting your ticket.
On the other hand, if fight the ticket yourself, you will be without the expertise of the law and traffic tickets -plus you will have to go to court yourself. Many people are intimidated by going to court and speaking to the judge themselves. The other bad part is that nobody will help you -everyone will expect you to know the law and cut you no breaks. This leads to possible long-term mistakes, if you have no idea what you can do. For example, I was contacted by a person who pled guilty to traffic offense, and it came up on their record, when applying for a job. Needless to say they lost the job offer and wanted to do something about a ticket that was several years old that they voluntarily pled guilty to.
Traffic Schools are an interesting concept. If you research your ticket online, you will find that there are hundreds of places willing to sell you a traffic school. I urge not to waste your money on this until you discuss it with your attorney or have been authorized to take the school in lieu of points. In Colorado, there is no real which says you can take a traffic school to reduce your points, unlike other states that do -like California.