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Dallas Traffic Ticket - Fight For a Dismissal or Reduced Fine
Get a dismissal or reduced fine by fighting your Dallas traffic ticket in court. The worst thing you can do is to simply pay your outstanding Dallas traffic ticket. If you do so, you are entering “guilty” plea on your case, which results in a conviction. The conviction stays on your permanent driving record and has multiple long-term financial consequences. Auto insurance companies always check your driving record before starting or renewing new auto policy with you. Convictions will cause an increase in your auto insurance rates for a least a year. That alone could cost you a few hundred dollars.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) is not fond of convictions for Dallas traffic tickets either. They have a special, additional, financial assessment for convictions that they like to call “surcharges.” Convictions of some Dallas traffic tickets, including driving without liability insurance, will earn you a $750.00 surcharge for a single conviction. They also keep track of your convictions by giving you “points” for each conviction. Some convictions can give you as many as 6 points. Too many points and you get additional surcharges.
If you have an outstanding Dallas traffic ticket you must take action quickly. You have only a few days to either pay your tickets or request a court date. If you don’t do either, a warrant for your arrest will be issued by the court. And, don’t simply pay your Dallas traffic ticket and don’t just do nothing. Instead, call attorney Todd E. Tkach. The attorneys at the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. represent people who have received Dallas traffic tickets or traffic tickets in any jurisdiction throughout North Texas. The best possible result on a Dallas traffic ticket, and result we always try to achieve is a complete dismissal. Although that result is not always possible, our team of attorneys and staff have the experience and skills to aggressively represent you to make sure that your money and your driving record are protected.
With Todd E. Tkach as your attorney for a Dallas traffic ticket, you can sit back and relax. We take care of every aspect of your case to a final conclusion. We’ll promptly enter a “not guilty” plea on your case, set it for a pretrial hearing, meet with the prosecutor to try to get your case dismissed, appear before the judge to enter your final plea and promptly notify you of the result by mail or email. Even if you currently have outstanding warrants for Dallas traffic tickets, we can post a bond to lift the warrants and begin our defense of the charges against you. You don’t even have to go to court, unless you want to. Don’t wait. Call Todd E. Tkach now at 214-999-0595 to talk to our courteous staff, who can explain the Dallas traffic ticket process and answer any questions that you may have.
Why you should fight your Dallas Traffic Ticket
Why is it important to fight your Dallas traffic ticket? Simply paying your fines for tickets means that you agree that you are “guilty” of the charges. Being convicted of, or found guilty of a Dallas traffic ticket can have serious consequences. There are at least four (4) major reasons to fight any tickets you receive.
First, fight your Dallas Traffic Ticket to avoid paying a fine
If you are guilty, you must pay a monetary fine. Depending on the Dallas traffic ticket involved, the fine could be several hundred dollars. Hiring Todd E. Tkach to fight your tickets could result in a dismissal of the charges. In that event, you don’t have to pay any fine!!
Second, fight your Dallas Traffic Ticket to avoid “points” on your driving record
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 Dallas traffic tickets. The number of “Points” charged varies depending on the type of 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. Accumulating twenty-one (21) points in any three (3) year period will result in a suspension of your driver’s license. If that happens, you cannot legally drive an automobile in Texas. Let attorney Todd E. Tkach represent you on your Dallas traffic ticket and protect your driver’s license.
Third, fight your Dallas Traffic Ticket to avoid paying surcharges
Convictions of certain Dallas traffic tickets 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 tickets. Call Todd E. Tkach now! We’ll fight for a dismissal of these Dallas 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.
Fourth, fight your Dallas Traffic Ticket to stop insurance rate increases
Convictions of a Dallas traffic ticket 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 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.
Dallas traffic tickets are Class C misdemeanors
All Dallas traffic tickets, code violations and other municipal tickets are “Class C” misdemeanors, according to the laws of the State of Texas. At the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach, we handle all types of Class “C” misdemeanors, as well as all other criminal code violations. All Class C misdemeanors in the State of Texas, including Dallas traffic tickets, 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. 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 Todd E. Tkach to fight your tickets and make sure your rights are protected.
Do I have to be in Court on the day of the hearing for my Dallas Traffic Ticket?
In most cases, it is not necessary for you to be present on the day of your Dallas traffic ticket hearing. However, The City of Dallas changed its' procedure in the last year. It used to be that The City of Dallas set all cases for trials. With that scenario, it was important for our clients to appear for the trial setting. Now, The City of Dallas first sets all cases for a pre-trial hearing. The purpose of which is to resolve the case without a trial, if possible. If the case can't be resolved at the pretrial, a trial will be scheduled. But, you must be present at the pretrial hearing in order to schedule your case for trial. But, 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 Dallas traffic ticket dismissed outright! If we can’t get an outright dismissal, we’ll aggressively negotiate to get the ticket dismissed outright or as a result of a plea agreement to keep the citation off your driving record.
Not all municipal courts are the same
Each city, municipality and Justice of the Peace Court throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex has its own unique procedures and fine amounts for traffic tickets. The City of Dallas is no exception. Knowing the procedures and guidelines for Dallas traffic tickets is crucial to achieving a favorable outcome. The attorneys at Todd E. Tkach, P.C. know the procedures, the substantive law, the prosecutors and the judges so that we can effectively evaluate your cases to fight for a dismissal of the charges. Call us now at 214-999-0595 to receive your free consultation.
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