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Getting a Dallas traffic ticket is a real pain in the neck. The worst part is that now you have to do something to take care of it. You could hire a Dallas traffic lawyer. If not, you better do something pretty quickly. You only have a few days to either set it for a pretrial hearing or pay the ticket. If you don't do either, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest.
A qualified Dallas traffic lawyer will help you avoid the financial pitfalls that many people may not be aware of. Simply paying a Dallas traffic ticket sounds like the easiest, and quite frankly, the most responsible thing to do. It may be easy, but it’s definitely NOT the responsible thing to do! If you simply pay a Dallas traffic ticket, you are entering a plea of guilty. Along with the fact that you are probably paying way too much for the fine, your plea results in a conviction of the charge, which is a permanent blemish on your driving record. That’s right, permanent! But, so what? What’s so bad about a "blemish” on my record? That blemish can be very costly. To start with, your auto insurance company will likely raise your insurance rates for at least a year. That alone could cost you a few hundred dollars. Time to hire a Dallas traffic lawyer?
Other problems are created by simply paying a Dallas traffic ticket and accepting a conviction. The Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) doesn't like convictions much either. The DPS are the guys who determine whether you get to keep your driver’s license or whether it gets suspended. DPS gives you "points" for convictions. Points are not good. Too many points and they collect "surcharges" from you. Getting points and surcharges also moves you closer to a driver's license suspension. There are many possible consequences of not having a Dallas traffic lawyer and trying to handle your Dallas traffic ticket yourself.
You could try to fight your ticket in court. But, what do you do? Call the court? Go to the court? When? What do you do when you get there? The other issue is how much time all of this will take. You’ll need to request a hearing, go to court and eventually talk with a prosecutor or the Judge. Even if you do go to court, what are you going to say? Believe me, the prosecutors don’t want to hear excuses. They’ve heard them all! “My car won’t go that fast.” “I had to go to the bathroom.” “I accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.” And, of course, the best defense of all: "I didn't do it!" Excuses and stories won't solve your problem of a Dallas traffic ticket. You need an experienced Dallas traffic lawyer.
I'm attorney, Todd E. Tkach. At the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. we represent people who have received traffic citations in any court throughout North Texas. If you have a commercial driver’s license, we appear in almost every court in the state. The best result, and the result we always try to achieve is a complete dismissal of the charge. As licensed Dallas traffic lawyers, we know that the Texas Transportation Code and the Texas Rules of Criminal Procedure, and how to apply those relevant laws to the specific facts of your Dallas traffic ticket case. Don’t go-it-alone! Call the Dallas traffic lawyers with the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach to talk with one of our traffic ticket paralegals. They can fully explain the Dallas traffic ticket process and answer any and all questions you may have.
What if I don’t hire a Dallas traffic lawyer?
Can you handle it on your own? Maybe, but what you don’t know can hurt you!
Warrants for your arrest without a Dallas traffic lawyer
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 lawyer Todd E. Tkach to post a traffic lawyer 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 lawyer Todd E. Tkach now at 214-999-0595. Our team of Dallas traffic lawyers 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 Dallas traffic lawyer
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 lawyer 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 traffic lawyer
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 ticket 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 lawyer Todd E. Tkach represent you on your traffic tickets and protect your driver’s license.
Avoid paying surcharges with a Dallas traffic lawyer
Convictions of certain traffic ticket 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 lawyer 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 traffic lawyer
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 ticket 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 lawyer Todd E. Tkach now to protect your driving record.
Do I have to be in court with my Dallas traffic lawyer?
In most cases, it is not necessary for you to be present with your Dallas traffic lawyer 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! lawyer Todd E. Tkach can make the court appearance for you. Even if you’re not there, lawyer 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.
Lawyer 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 traffic lawyers 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. Lawyer representation 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 lawyer Todd E. Tkach to make sure your rights are protected!
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