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Garland Traffic Lawyer
Among the many good reasons to hire a Garland traffic lawyer are convenience and cost. Most people don't hire attorneys to handle their traffic tickets. Many times, it's because they think it will cost too much money. Sometimes, they decide to rely on the bad advice from a well meaning friend who told them "how to fix it." Unfortunately, in most cases, they end up spending more money than if they had hired a Garland traffic lawyer at the beginning. In addition to the inconvenience and cost reasons, there's the time and frustration factors to consider when you handle your own ticket.
I’m Garland traffic lawyer, Todd E. Tkach. The Garland traffic lawyers at the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. represent people who have received traffic tickets in any jurisdiction throughout North Texas, including Dallas, Denton, Collin, Tarrant, Ellis, Kaufman and Rockwall counties. For a low, one time flat fee, we handle your traffic ticket case from cradle to grave. After hiring us as your Garland traffic lawyers, we immediately file a notice of representation with the court to prevent your case from going into a warrant status and request that your case be set for a pretrial hearing. At the pretrial, we us the relevant substantive and procedural statutes,and apply them to the facts of your case to try to get your citation dismissed. If we can't get a dismissal, we'll meet with the prosecutor at the pretrial hearing to negotiate a plea agreement to keep the ticket from affecting your driving record and reduce the fine amount as much as possible. Call the Garland traffic lawyer 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.
Hiring a Garland traffic lawyer can save you money, time and frustration. Not only can we likely save you money with the fine, but we can also save you from the long term costs. Sure, at first, it seems easy to handle your own ticket. Just pay it! That ends it, right? Nope! Paying the ticket results in a conviction, which can have future costs, including, Texas Department of Public Safety surcharges, and "points" on your driving record, and increased automobile insurance rates. Going to court to handle your ticket can also be very time consuming and you may not get a good result. Let us deal with hassle of municipal courts; the parking, the over zealous security guard, the not so polite clerk who can take your frustration to a new level, and the judge, who has heard your story a thousand times. Let the Garland traffic lawyers of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. relieve you of pain in the neck of traffic ticket defense.
What happens if I don’t hire a Garland traffic lawyer?
Everyone has the right to represent themselves in any criminal proceeding. But, what you don’t know can hurt you!
Warrants for your arrest without a Garland traffic 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 don't, the Judge issues a warrant for your arrest. Once the warrant is issued, you have to take action. The problem won't just go away. You could just wait to be arrested and "sit out" your time. NOT a good option! You could also just pay the ticket. But, as discussed above, that's not a good option. You could post a cash bond in an amount equal to the maximum fine amount plus court costs and the warrant fee. But that can be problematic as well. The amount of the cash bond will be equal to the maximum possible fine for that ticket, plus an additional amount for court costs and a warrant fee. There may also be collection fees. The cash necessary for that bond will be several hundred dollars, and with some charges or with multiple tickets, will exceed a thousand dollars. And, at that point, the process has just begun. You still have to go to court to resolve the underlying ticket. If you fail to appear in court, the court keeps your cash..
Let me suggest an alternative. Keep your cash and protect your driving record! For a nominal fee, hire attorney 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 attorney Todd E. Tkach now at 214-999-0595. Our team of Garland 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 a Garland 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 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 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 attorney Todd E. Tkach represent you on your traffic tickets and protect your driver’s license.
Avoid paying surcharges with a Garland 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 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 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 attorney Todd E. Tkach now to protect your driving record.
Do I have to be in court with my Garland traffic lawyer?
In most cases, it is not necessary for you to be present with your Garland 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! 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.
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 Garland 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 attorney Todd E. Tkach to make sure your rights are protected!