Local Traffic Tickets
Garland Ticket Lawyer
Hiring a Garland ticket lawyer can save you money, but will also save you time, effort and frustration. After you get a Garland traffic ticket, you must take action quickly. You only have a few days before your ticket goes into warrant status. So, what do you do? Pay the ticket? Ironically, that solves your immediate problem and on first thought seems to be the responsible thing to do. But, just paying the traffic ticket will likely cost you more than if you had hired a Garland ticket lawyer to go to court for you.
I’m attorney Todd E. Tkach. The Garland ticket lawyers at the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. represent people who have received traffic citations in the City of Garland or any other city or municipality in North Texas. We make appearances in all municipal and Justice of the Peace courts throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex. Our goal is to save you money, time and frustration. By using our experience, education and skills, we try to have your ticket dismissed! As licensed Garland ticket lawyers, we know the Texas Transportation Code and the Texas Rules of Criminal Procedure, and know how to use those laws effectively as they apply to your specific case. If we can't get a complete dismissal, we'll prevent the ticket from effecting your driving record and will reduce the fine amount as much as possible.
Just paying a Garland traffic ticket is a bad idea. Doing so results in a conviction of the charge, which can have immediate and long term effects. First, by paying the ticket, you likely paid a higher fine amount than if you had hired a Garland ticket lawyer. Also, you will most likely have to pay increased auto insurance rates. Then, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) gets involved. They give you "points" on your driving record for convictions of traffic citations. Too many points and they could suspend your driver's license. There's also the surcharges. Too many convictions and you have to pay monthly surcharges to the DPS. If you don't pay your surcharges, your license will be suspended. Call the Garland ticket lawyers with the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach now to talk with one of our courteous staff members, who can explain the traffic citation process, answer any questions you may have, and ultimately resolve your traffic ticket case.
With the Garland ticket lawyers of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. on your side, your worries are over. We’ll immediately file a notice of representation with the court, enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf, set your case for a pretrial hearing, attend the hearing, meet with the prosecutor at the hearing, negotiate the best result on your case and promptly notify you of the results of the hearing. A Garland ticket lawyer with our office will handle every step of the process. Even if your case is in warrant, we can post an attorney bond, lift the warrant and proceed with your case. If your speeding or traffic ticket is not dismissed, we’ll aggressively negotiate for a favorable plea agreement with the prosecutor or take your case to trial.
What happens if I don’t hire a Garland ticket lawyer?
There are multiple potential pitfalls that could be avoided if you hire a Garland ticket lawyer. What you don’t know can hurt you!
Warrants for your arrest without a Garland ticket lawyer
After you receive a Garland 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. With an outstanding active warrant, you cannot resolve your Garland traffic ticket unless and until you take some direct action. If you don't, eventually you will get arrested. If you get arrested, you can always "sit out" your fine and warrant fee or pay your fine and warrant fee. Either way is not a great option! Not only do you have to sit in jail for a few days, but at the end, you're convicted of the ticket. You could post a cash bond. But the amount of the bond will usually be several hundred dollars, or more. The Court holds your cash until you resolve your traffic ticket. If you fail to appear for court, you forfeit your cash bond and another warrant for your arrest gets issued.
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 Garland ticket 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 a Garland ticket 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 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 Garland ticket 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 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 Garland ticket lawyer
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 Garland ticket 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 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 Garland ticket lawyer?
In most cases, it is not necessary for you to be present with your Garland ticket 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! 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 Garland ticket 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. Attorney 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 attorney Todd E. Tkach to make sure your rights are protected!