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Is it cheaper to hire a Dallas ticket attorney than handle your Dallas traffic ticket yourself? In most cases, Yes! That’s hard for many people to believe, but it is true. That’s probably why most people don’t hire a Dallas ticket attorney when they get a ticket. But, they don't understand the long term financial effects of traffic tickets. And, may think that an attorney will cost too much money. I'm attorney Todd E. Tkach. Our practice involves, in part, representing people for traffic citations and the warrants that so frequently accompany them. We appear in all courts in North Texas and represent commercial drivers (CDL’s) statewide.
In considering whether to hire a Dallas ticket attorney, you should think about some of the following reasons: money, effort, time and frustration. Many areas of law involve high fees or high hourly rates. But with traffic citations, we only charge a low, one time flat fee, no matter how much time it takes us complete your case. As your Dallas ticket attorney, we begin by clearly discussing with you the entire procedure we’ll take to pursue a dismissal of your traffic ticket case. We then file a plea of not guilty with the court and set your case for a pretrial hearing. We’ll then promptly notify you of your court date and will appear in court on the day of your hearing. We’ll meet with the prosecutor to argue for a complete dismissal of your case. If we can't get an outright dismissal, we'll negotiate with the prosecutor to keep the citation from affecting your driving record, and reduce any fine amount that may be owed. You don't even have to go to court, unless you want to or if you want to set your case for a trial.
Many people don’t hire a Dallas ticket attorney because it appears that he cheapest and fastest way to handle a traffic ticket is to simply pay it. That is easy, but it’s not cheap. Simply paying your ticket is one of the worst things you can do. It’s a plea of guilty, which is a conviction. The long term effects of convictions can be very surprising. First, the fine amount you pay is usually higher than what a qualified Dallas traffic attorney can negotiate. That conviction will also cost you with increased automobile insurance rates. Then, the Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) gets involved by assessing “points,” “surcharges” and a possible driver's license suspension. These are just a few of the mostly unknown consequences of convictions.
Save yourself money, time, effort and frustration. Call the Dallas ticket attorneys with the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach now to talk with one of our courteous staff members. We will explain the Dallas traffic ticket process and answer all of your questions. With the Dallas ticket attorneys of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. on your side, you can just sit back and let us do the worrying and the work. Call us now.
What happens if I don’t hire a Dallas ticket attorney?
What you don’t know can hurt you!
Warrants for your arrest without a Dallas ticket attorney
After you receive a traffic ticket, you only have a few days to either pay the ticket or set it for a court hearing. If you fail to do either, a warrant for your arrest will be issued. In that event, you cannot resolve that traffic ticket with the court unless and until you do one of the following two things: 1) pay the maximum fine amount for the ticket; or 2) post a cash bond in an amount equal to the maximum fine amount plus court costs! Neither of those options is advisable. If you simply pay the ticket, not only are you paying the highest fine possible for that particular ticket, but you are convicted of the charge, which means it will go on your driving record. Posting a cash bond can also be problematic. The amount of the cash bond will be equal to the maximum possible fine for that ticket, plus an additional amount for court costs. The cash necessary for that bond will be several hundred dollars. The Court holds your cash until you resolve your traffic ticket, which could take several months.
Let me suggest an alternative. Keep your cash and protect your driving record! For a nominal fee, hire attorney Todd E. Tkach to post an attorney bond, lift the warrant and go to court to fight for a dismissal of the traffic ticket. You don’t even have to go to court, unless you want to. Don’t wait. Call attorney Todd E. Tkach now at 214-999-0595. Our team of Dallas ticket attorneys and staff have the experience, knowledge and skills to aggressively represent you to make sure that your rights are protected.
Avoid paying fines or get fine reductions with a Dallas ticket attorney
Simply paying your fine for a traffic ticket means that you agree that you are “guilty” of the charge. If you are guilty, you must pay a monetary fine. Depending on the traffic ticket involved, the fine could be several hundred dollars. Hiring attorney Todd E. Tkach to fight your traffic ticket could result in a dismissal of the charges. In that event, you don’t have to pay any fine!! Even if we can’t get the charge completely dismissed, we’ll aggressive negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce the fine amount and keep the charge off your record.
Avoid “points” on your driving record with a Dallas ticket attorney
The State of Texas has a “Point System” that affects your right to hold and maintain a Texas driver’s license. You are charged “Points” against your driving record if you are convicted of certain traffic tickets. The number of “Points” charged varies depending on the type of traffic ticket you are given, but ranges from one (1) to six (6) points. A Texas driver gets 2 points for most traffic violation convictions (3 points if a crash is involved). “Points” remain on a driver’s record for 3 years. Accumulating points on your driving record can result in huge “surcharges” assessed by the Texas Department of Public Safety and a possible driver’s license suspension. If that happens, you cannot legally drive an automobile in Texas. Let attorney Todd E. Tkach represent you on your traffic tickets and protect your driver’s license.
Avoid paying surcharges with a Dallas ticket attorney
Convictions of certain traffic citations can cost you “surcharges” imposed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. A yearly $100 surcharge is assessed for 6 Points on your driving record; with another $25 surcharge for each additional point. The surcharge continues to be assessed as long as the Points total 6 or more. Additionally, convictions for “no insurance” and “driving while license invalid” mandate a $750.00 surcharge each! Don’t risk being convicted of these traffic tickets. Call attorney Todd E. Tkach now! We’ll fight for a dismissal of these traffic tickets and the surcharges that accompany them. If we can’t obtain an outright dismissal, we’ll fight to get a dismissal through plea negotiations and keep the charges off your driving record.
Stop insurance rate increases with a Dallas ticket attorney
Convictions of traffic tickets can raise your automobile insurance rates. Many automobile insurance companies check your driving record before agreeing to insure you or renew your automobile insurance. Having “convictions” for traffic or speeding tickets on your driving record can cost you a lot of money. Your automobile insurance company may increase your insurance rates when you apply for new insurance or for a renewal of your existing insurance. Avoid paying increased insurance rates! Call attorney Todd E. Tkach now to protect your driving record.
Do I have to be in court with my Dallas ticket attorney?
In most cases, it is not necessary for you to be present with your Dallas ticket attorney on the day of your traffic ticket hearing. Although it can help us get a dismissal and/or to negotiate a more favorable plea agreement, your presence is usually not necessary. If you can’t be in court on the day of your hearing either because of prior commitments, work, being out of the state, or you just don’t want to take the time, no problem! attorney Todd E. Tkach can make the court appearance for you. Even if you’re not there, attorney Todd E. Tkach will fight to have your traffic ticket dismissed outright! If we can’t get an outright dismissal, we’ll aggressively negotiate to get the traffic ticket dismissed within a few months in the future to keep the citation off your driving record.
Attorney representation for all Class C misdemeanors
All traffic tickets, speeding tickets,code violations and other municipal tickets are “Class C” misdemeanors, according to the laws of the State of Texas. The Dallas ticket attorneys with Todd E. Tkach, P.C. handle all types of Class “C” misdemeanors, as well as all other Penal Code violations. All Class C misdemeanors in the State of Texas are adjudicated in Municipal Courts and Justice of the Peace Courts. Although these are the lowest level of criminal courts in the State, some Class C misdemeanors can have significant and long-term effects. Attorneyrepresentation can become very important. For example, multiple convictions for disorderly conduct can be enhanced to Class B or Class A misdemeanors, which carry jail time in their range of punishment. A conviction for a charge of Class C assault/family violence can be enhanced and can prohibit you from owning or possessing a firearm. Don’t “go-it-alone.” The long-term effects can be devastating. Call attorney Todd E. Tkach to make sure your rights are protected!
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