Recently I've been reading various accounts on message boards of how traffic attorneys work and some of them are close to being accurate, but many of them are comical if not illegal.
I've seen explanations that range from "they know the judge and wink and the case gets dismissed" to "they walk in and plead no contest and ask for a dismissal."
I obviously can't speak for every traffic attorney out there, only my traffic law firm, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The work begins long before we walk into court. It actually begins when a client walks into our office (or sends us the documentation via email or fax). What happens next is the work of over 17 years of experience, but basically, it's the following:
The first person who received the ticket scans it to identify in which county the ticket was given. Once we know that, we can then begin the process of breaking it down in order to get the best possible result for our client. You see, unfortunately, every county is different in what they will allow as a defense. Motions that work in one county, just do not work in another county. Sad, but true.
We have materials for each county that details motions that we can use to try and get the case dismissed. These motions are based on the traffic ticket itself. Things like the statute cited, when it was filed, what markings are or are not on the ticket are all things we can argue to help get a traffic ticket dismissed. Most of these motions must be prepared before we walk into court, and some of them we are able to file and win prior to the first court date.
Once the pre-trial motions have been identified and prepared, we wait until the first court date is set. The first court date is usually a Pre-Trial Conference where the officer is not subpoenaed, it's just the judge and the attorney. At that time, any motions that we can argue in court, are reviewed and properly presented to the judge.
As is the norm for all motions, we win some and lose some, but this is just the pre-trial conference, so the ones that are not won are returned so that we can prepare to win at trial.
At the trial, there are many more motions that we can argue, because at the trial, the officer is present and we get an opportunity to cross examine the officer. This is where many more cases get dismissed.
There are times cases get continued and that's fine with us. We don't charge any more money to the clients, and in many cases, a continuance will work in the client's favor when the ticket comes back to trial at a later date.
At the end of the case a letter is mailed out with results.
Hopefully, that explains how all traffic attorneys work, but I can only speak about the traffic attorneys in my office. Since 1995, we've helped over 500,000 people and we've been doing it the exact same way to get the best possible results for our clients. If you want more information, feel free to give us a call at 866-374-8355.
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