One of the first phone calls I received after graduating from law school was from a friend of mine who said, "I just signed a contract, can I fax it to you to take a look at it?". Of course, my answer was "No" because there was no point in me looking over something that had already been signed. What could I have done if I saw things I wanted to change? It was too late, as the document had already been signed.
When I decided to focus on becoming a Traffic Ticket Attorney, I soon realized I would have the same problem. People called me all the time and asked if there was anything they could do with the ticket they just paid.
Unfortunately, my answer was also "No" because once you pay a ticket, you are either going to get points, or you are going to have to attend traffic school, or you are going to end up paying a hefty fine.
Again, too many people were too late. So, I'm hoping this article catches you BEFORE you make the mistake of just paying it.
One of the reasons I chose to become a Traffic Ticket Attorney was the opportunity to help as many people as I could. I've been very fortunate over the years to have helped hundreds of thousands of clients with all types of traffic ticket related matters. Of course, in almost all of those situations, the client contacted me before taking an action that could not be undone.
Therefore, when you or someone you love gets a ticket (and let's be honest, it's really a question of when, not if) whatever you do, don't rush into anything. For most tickets in Florida, you are given 30 days before you have to decide what to do.
By all means, take your entire 30 days. There's no prize for deciding early.
As long as you don't wait until the time has expired (which might mean that you have to pay more money, but not that you can't still fight the ticket), you will be in the exact same boat if you decide to fight the traffic ticket the day you received it or the last day you were still eligible to notify the court of your decision.
So, now that we've established that you have time, let's discuss what you should do with the time.
The first thing I tell people is to take a deep breath. Forget about the ticket for the rest of the day (if you can). Getting all upset and letting it negatively affect the rest of your day is not going to help you make the situation better.
In fact, when you go to sleep and wake up to realize the planets didn't collide and the world kept spinning, you will probably have the ticket in a little better perspective.
It's not the end of the world, just something you have to deal with.
And deal with it you will. By doing the very first thing I always recommend, which is doing a little bit of research into finding a local traffic ticket attorney in your area.
Let's be honest. Who knows more about the ticket you received and what you can expect than a traffic ticket attorney? If you call the right one.
As much as we all have a friend who "swears" he's got a guy who knows a guy who's mother is best friends with the chief of police and gets all of his tickets dismissed, there's just no better resource for your ticket than a local traffic ticket attorney who goes to court every day doing nothing but tickets.
The last part of that sentence was very important because believe it or not, there are plenty of attorneys who put "traffic ticket attorney" on their marketing material, but don't really do this as a major or exclusive part of their practice. They put that down to try and make a few extra dollars by taking cases they plan on passing off to someone at the last minute who doesn't really have your best interest at heart. That's not the kind of Traffic Ticket Attorney I'm talking about.
Before you hire ANY traffic ticket attorney, you must read a post I wrote that will give you the 5 questions you must ask BEFORE hiring a traffic ticket attorney. Only then will you be prepared to make the best decision that's right for you.
Basically, any honest traffic ticket attorney should tell you what will happen to you if you pay the ticket, pay the ticket and elect traffic school, or what will probably happen to you if you fight the ticket.
Only by knowing your options can you decide what to do. Many times, my office ends up telling people to just pay the ticket because there's no sense to hire an attorney for some matters. We are in the business of helping people and the right decision is obvious when you consider all the options.
My office offers a FREE CONSULTATION with an attorney (not just a secretary) to anyone who calls our office at 866-374-8355. Go ahead and call, you might learn something for FREE.