You may think of traffic attorneys as lawyers who mostly handle serious traffic cases that might lead to jail time, like charges that involve driving while intoxicated or reckless driving. It's true that they handle these kinds of cases, but they will also handle any more minor traffic violations that you might be dealing with. There are several reasons you may want to do this. They include the following.
Keeping Your Insurance Rates Lower
One of the things that happens when you get a traffic ticket without fighting it is that your insurance rates are going to go up. How much they will go up may depend on a lot of factors, like what kind of violation it is, but it is pretty likely to go up. You may want to call your insurer to find out exactly how much your insurance is going to go up to help you weigh the cost versus savings of hiring a lawyer. It should be noted that some lawyers may not charge you if they can't get anywhere with your case. This varies, of course, and you will want to talk to lawyers in your area to get a better idea of the availability of this. However, it may help you make your decision.
Keeping Your License
Most, though not all, US states have a points system for driver's licenses. If you get too many points, your license could be suspended or even revoked. The number of points your license will be assigned will vary based on the system your state uses. For states that don't use a point system, there are still traffic violations that can lead to losing your driver's license. Also, most states have some offenses that will cause you to lose your driver's license regardless of how many points you've accrued. If you're facing the possibility of losing your license, a lawyer may be able to help you. Even if they can't get the ticket dismissed, they may be able to help you get it reduced to a lesser violation or a lesser punishment, like traffic school.
Keeping Your Driving Record Clean
This may be particularly important if you're a professional driver, in one way or another. This is a broad category that a lot of people fit into; whether you do third-party app driving as a side hustle or your primary job is driving in some capacity, having a good driving record is often essential to keeping your job. An attorney may be able to get the ticket dismissed or moved to a lesser violation so you can continue to work.
To learn more, contact a traffic violation attorney.