Local Traffic Tickets
Mesquite Traffic Violations
Getting a Mesquite traffic violation really stinks! It's not the worst thing in the world, but probably not far behind going to the dentist. The problem is that once you get the Mesquite traffic violation, you have to do something. Either pay it, or fight it. If you don't do either, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.
Of those two choices, the first (paying the ticket) is the worst option. By paying your Mesquite traffic violation, you are pleading guilty to the charge and are probably paying a higher fine amount than if you had fought it. By pleading guilty, you are also convicted of the charge. "Convictions" are not good. They remain on your driving record permanently. If that were the only downside it wouldn't be so bad, but auto insurance companies and the Texas Department of Public Safety ("DPS") can and will charge you money for convictions. Your insurance carrier will raise your rates if convicted. The DPS will give you "points" on your driving record. Too many points and the DPS assesses "surcharges" against you. So, although paying your Mesquite traffic violation seems like the right thing to do, it's not. Neither is doing nothing at all.
You should fight your Mesquite traffic violation. The process is very easy, if you call attorney Todd E. Tkach. For a low, one time flat fee, the attorneys at the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. will handle your case from beginning to end. You won't have to do a thing. We first file a plea of not guilty with the court. That immediately stops a warrant from being issued. Even if a warrant has been issued, we can file an attorney bond to lift the warrant. We then set your Mesquite traffic violation case for a pretrial hearing. At the hearing, we will meet with the prosecutor to try to get your case dismissed. We use our knowledge and experience with the substantive and procedural laws to get a dismissal or a favorable plea agreement. Any such plea will include a fine reduction and a clean driving record at the end. Our team of attorneys and staff have the experience and skills to aggressively represent you to make sure that your rights are protected.
Call the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach now to talk with one of our courteous staff members, who can explain the Mesquite traffic violation process, answer any questions you may have, and ultimately resolve your Mesquite traffic violation case. 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 traffic violation
Why is it important to fight your Mesquite traffic violation? Simply paying your fine for a Mesquite traffic violation means that you agree that you are “guilty” of the charge. Being convicted of, or found guilty of a Mesquite traffic violation can have serious consequences. There are at least four (4) major reasons to fight a Mesquite traffic violation.
First, fight your Mesquite traffic violation to avoid paying a fine
If you are guilty, you must pay a monetary fine. Depending on the Mesquite traffic violation involved, the fine could be several hundred dollars. Hiring Todd E. Tkach to fight your Mesquite traffic violation could result in a dismissal of the charges. In that event, you don’t have to pay any fine!!
Second, fight your Mesquite traffic violation 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 traffic violations. The number of “Points” charged varies depending on the type of Mesquite traffic violation you are given, but ranges from one (1) to six (6) points. A Texas driver gets 2 points for most Mesquite 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 traffic violations and protect your driver’s license.
Third, fight your Mesquite traffic violation to avoid paying surcharges
Convictions of certain Mesquite traffic violations 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 traffic violations. Call Todd E. Tkach now! We’ll fight for a dismissal of these Mesquite traffic violations 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 traffic violation to stop insurance rate increases
Convictions of Mesquite traffic violations 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 traffic violations 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.
Mesquite traffic violations are Class C misdemeanors
All Mesquite traffic violations, 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, including Mesquite traffic violations, 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 Mesquite traffic violation and make sure your rights are protected.
Do I have to be in Court on the day of my Mesquite traffic violation hearing?
In most cases, it is not necessary for you to be present on the day of your Mesquite traffic violation 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 traffic violation dismissed outright! If we can’t get an outright dismissal, we’ll aggressively negotiate to get the Mesquite traffic violation dismissed within a few months in the future to keep the citation off your driving record.
Not all municipal courts and 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 violations. The City of Mesquite is no exception. Knowing the procedures and guidelines for a Mesquite traffic violation 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 Mesquite traffic violation case to fight for a dismissal of the charges. Call us now at 214-999-0595 to receive your free consultation.