Local Traffic Tickets
Plano Traffic Ticket
There's nothing worse than getting a Plano traffic ticket. Well, actually there is, but getting a traffic ticket really stinks. Whether you committed the alleged offense or not, you've got a problem that must be dealt with. And, it's going to cost some money. The questions is "How much?" The answer to that question depends on how you handle that Plano traffic ticket.
Most people who get a Plano traffic ticket, simply pay it. That's exactly what the police and the court want you to do. But, that's not a good choice. The only worse choice would be to do nothing, let a warrant get issued and get arrested. You do need to take action quickly. Just paying your Plano traffic ticket sounds like the responsible thing to do, but it's not. By paying the ticket, you are most likely paying too much, because you are exposing yourself to future, unknown costs. First, by paying a Plano traffic ticket, you are paying a higher fine than if you had fought it, and you are pleading guilty to the charge. Pleading guilty means that you are convicted of a Class C misdemeanor, which stays on your permanent record. As as result of that Plano traffic ticket conviction, you can count on paying higher auto insurance rates, for several months or even years. Once they raise your rates, it's up to you to try to get them reduced in the future. Who's going to remember to do that? We know the insurance company will never reduce your insurance rates, unless and until you ask them to. So, life goes on and you continue to renew your insurance every six months like a good responsible member of society, completely forgetting that they raised your rates a couple of years ago because of a conviction. In the mean time, you've likely paid several hundred dollars more in increased insurance premiums.
There are additional financial pitfalls to accepting a conviction of a Plano traffic ticket. The Texas Department of Public Safety will give you "points" on your driving record for each conviction. Hey, that sounds great, I got "points!" No! Not good. Too many points and they assess "surcharges," payable each month. If you don't pay the surcharges your driver's license gets suspended. Then, of course, there's the blemish on your permanent record, which can be accessed by anyone, including your employer, a prospective employer, a lending company, a prospective landlord and any governmental agency with which you might apply for a job. Handling a Plano traffic ticket the wrong way can be very costly.
Then, there's the "pain in the neck" factor with a Plano traffic ticket. You have to spend your time to go to court, talk with the prosecutor,and figure out what to do and when to do it. Don’t just pay your Plano traffic ticket and don’t just do nothing at all. There is a good alternative, which will most likely save you time, effort and money. Call attorney, Todd E. Tkach. The attorneys at the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. represent people who have received traffic tickets in any jurisdiction throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex, including Plano traffic tickets. Our goal is to have your Plano traffic ticket dismissed! Our team of attorneys and staff have the experience and skills necessary to aggressively represent you to make sure that your driving record and money are protected. For a low, one time flat fee, we’ll file a notice of representation with the court, enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf, set your Plano traffic ticket case for a court hearing, meet with the prosecutor to resolve your case, and promptly notify you of the result of the hearing. You don't even have to be there. 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 Plano traffic ticket set for a hearing. If your Plano traffic ticket is not dismissed, we’ll aggressively negotiate for a favorable plea agreement with the prosecutor or take your case to trial. Don’t wait. Call Todd E. Tkach now at 214-999-0595 to talk with one of our courteous staff members, who can explain the Plano traffic ticket process, answer any questions you may have, and ultimately resolve your Plano traffic ticket case.
Why you should fight your Plano traffic ticket
Why is it important to fight your Plano traffic ticket? Simply paying your fine for a Plano traffic ticket means that you agree that you are “guilty” of the charge. Being convicted of, or found guilty of a Plano traffic ticket can have serious consequences. There are at least four (4) major reasons to fight a Plano traffic ticket.
First, fight your Plano traffic ticket to avoid paying a fine
If you are guilty, you must pay a monetary fine. Depending on the Plano traffic ticket involved, the fine could be several hundred dollars. Hiring Todd E. Tkach to fight your Plano traffic ticket could result in a dismissal of the charges. In that event, you don’t have to pay any fine!!
Second, fight your Plano 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 Plano traffic tickets. The number of “Points” charged varies depending on the type of Plano 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. 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 Plano traffic tickets and protect your driver’s license.
Third, fight your Plano traffic ticket to avoid paying surcharges
Convictions of certain Plano 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 Plano traffic tickets. Call Todd E. Tkach now! We’ll fight for a dismissal of these Plano 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 Plano traffic ticket to stop insurance rate increases
Convictions of Plano 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 Plano traffic 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.
Plano traffic tickets are Class C misdemeanors
All Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano traffic ticket and make sure your rights are protected.
Do I have to be in Court on the day of my Plano traffic ticket hearing?
In most cases, it is not necessary for you to be present on the day of your Plano 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 Plano traffic ticket dismissed outright! If we can’t get an outright dismissal, we’ll aggressively negotiate to get the Plano traffic 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 and Fort Worth metroplex has its’ own unique procedures and fine amounts for traffic tickets. The City of Plano is no exception. Knowing the procedures and guidelines for a Plano traffic ticket 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 Plano traffic ticket case to fight for a dismissal of the charges. Call us now at 214-999-0595 to receive your free consultation.