Local Traffic Tickets
Mesquite Speeding Ticket
Getting a Mesquite speeding ticket isn't the worst thing, but it probably doesn't rank far behind going to the dentist. Just getting the speeding ticket isn't the worst part. The worst part is that you have to do something about it, and pretty quickly. If you don't, within a few days, your Mesquite speeding ticket will become a warrant for your arrest.
There are a few different ways to proceed after getting a Mesquite speeding ticket. You could do nothing at all, and wait to be arrested. Even the most resilient of people don't choose this option. So what should you do? Pay the Mesquite speeding ticket, right!? After all, you were actually speeding. That's the "right" thing to do, right? WRONG! Simply paying a Mesquite speeding ticket is a guilty plea, which results in a conviction. Convictions are, to say the least, frowned upon by auto insurance companies and the Texas Department of Public Safety ("DPS"). You know, ... the guys who determine whether you get a driver's license or get to keep it after you get it. Convictions cause auto insurance rate hikes, "points" on your driving record and the assessment of "surcharges" from DPS. Too many points and your driver's license gets suspended.
So, at this point, you're probably wondering what to do, since all we've told you is what not to do. That is, don't let it go to warrant and don't just pay it. Set your Mesquite speeding ticket for a court hearing? Well, you're getting warmer. Setting it for a hearing prevents your case from proceeding to a warrant. But, then you have to go to court. What do you do once you get there? Wait endlessly to hear someone scream, "NEXT!" Then what? Talk to a prosecutor? If so, what do you say? Some of the following are among the most popular excuses for speeding tickets: "Everyone else around me was going the same speed"; "I have an old car, there's no way my car can go that fast"; "There's no way the cop could see me"; "I was having a medical emergency"; and last, but not least, the greatest legal defense of all time: "I DIDN'T DO IT!" Pure genius.
Trust me when I say that the prosecutor has heard all of those excuses before, on numerous occasions. They don't want to hear sob stories or lame excuses. What they need to hear, in order to dismiss your Mesquite speeding ticket or reduce your fine amount is a legitimate legal defense from an experienced and qualified Mesquite speeding ticket attorney. Don’t just pay your Mesquite speeding ticket and don’t just do nothing at all. Instead, call attorney Todd E. Tkach. The attorneys at the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. represent people who have received Mesquite speeding ticket or traffic violations of any kind in any jurisdiction throughout North Texas. Our goal is to have your Mesquite speeding ticket completely dismissed! Our team of attorneys and staff have the experience, education and skills to make sure that your rights are protected. For a one time, low flat fee, we'll take care of your case from beginning to end. Even if a warrant has been issued for your arrest, we can help. We’ll post an attorney bond to lift (remove) the warrant and then get your case set for a hearing. When the case is completed, we’ll promptly notify you of the result. 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.
Why you should fight your Mesquite speeding ticket
Why is it important to fight your Mesquite speeding ticket? Simply paying your fine for a Mesquite speeding ticket means that you agree that you are “guilty” of the charge. Being convicted of, or found guilty of a Mesquite speeding ticket can have serious consequences. There are at least four (4) major reasons to fight a Mesquite speeding ticket.
First, fight your Mesquite speeding ticket to avoid paying a fine
If you are guilty, you must pay a monetary fine. Depending on the Mesquite speeding ticket involved, the fine could be several hundred dollars. Hiring Todd E. Tkach to fight your Mesquite speeding ticket could result in a dismissal of the charges. In that event, you don’t have to pay any fine!!
Second, fight your Mesquite speeding 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 Mesquite speeding tickets. The number of “Points” charged varies depending on the type of Mesquite speeding 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 Mesquite speeding tickets and protect your driver’s license.
Third, fight your Mesquite speeding ticket to avoid paying surcharges
Convictions of certain Mesquite speeding 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 Mesquite speeding tickets. Call Todd E. Tkach now! We’ll fight for a dismissal of these Mesquite speeding 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 Mesquite speeding ticket to stop insurance rate increases
Convictions of Mesquite speeding 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 Mesquite 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.
Speeding tickets are Class C misdemeanors
All Mesquite speeding tickets, code violations and other municipal citations 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 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 make sure your rights are protected.
Do I have to be in Court on the day of my Mesquite speeding ticket hearing?
In most cases, it is not necessary for you to be present on the day of your Mesquite speeding 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 Mesquite speeding ticket dismissed outright! If we can’t get an outright dismissal, we’ll aggressively negotiate to get the Mesquite speeding ticket dismissed within a few months in the future 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 / Fort Worth metroplex has its’ own unique procedures and fine amounts for speeding tickets. Each court has its’ own procedures and guidelines. Knowing each court’s procedures and guidelines is crucial to achieving a favorable outcome. Regardless of the city or town that gave you a speeding ticket, 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 particular case to fight for a dismissal of the charges. Call us now at 214-999-0595 to receive your free consultation.