Traffic Tickets Details
Traffic Ticket and Warrant Attorney
Hi, I’m attorney Todd E. Tkach. The attorneys at the Law Office of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. represent people who have received traffic citations in all jurisdictions throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, including all neighboring counties.
Our goal is to have your ticket dismissed! Our team of attorneys and staff have the experience and skills to aggressively represent you to make sure that your rights are protected.
As licensed lawyers, we know that the Texas Transportation Code and the Texas Rules of Criminal Procedure contain hundreds of laws dealing specifically and solely with traffic citations.
Additionally, each city, town and municipality has its’ own unique procedures and fines regarding traffic violations. Regardless of the city or town that gave you a citation, the attorneys at Todd E. Tkach, P.C. know the procedures, the law and the judges so that we can effectively evaluate your particular case to fight for a dismissal of the charges.
Lawyer Representation for Traffic Citations and Violations
If you have been given a traffic ticket, you must take action quickly. You have only days to either pay your ticket or request a court date. If you fail to do either, a warrant for your arrest will be issued. In that event, you cannot resolve that traffic violation with the court unless and until you either pay the fine or post a cash bond. Neither of these options is advisable. If you simply pay your ticket, you are pleading guilty and the charge will go on your driving record as a conviction. Posting a cash bond could cost you several hundred dollars. And, the Court holds your cash bond until you resolve your traffic violation, which could take several months.
Let me suggest an alternative. Keep your cash and protect your driving record! For a nominal fee, hire Todd E. Tkach to prevent a warrant for your arrest. We’ll immediately send a notice of representation to the court, enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf and set your traffic ticket or traffic violation case for a court hearing. That prevents your case from going into a warrant status. If a warrant has already been issued, we’ll post a bond, lift (remove) the warrant and set your case for a hearing. We’ll then promptly notify you of your court date and clearly discuss with you the entire procedure we’ll take to pursue a dismissal of your traffic violation case or a negotiated plea agreement in your favor. Of course, a lawyer with our office will be with you on the date of your court hearing to fight for a dismissal of the charges against you. 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. You don’t even have to go to court, unless you want to. Whether you choose to attend court or not, we’ll send you a letter notifying you of the results of the hearing.
Fighting a Traffic Ticket
If you’re wondering whether you should fight your traffic citation, consider these possible consequences:
- Simply paying your fine for a traffic violation means that you agree that you are “guilty” of the charge. That means the charge will appear on your driving record as a conviction. Additionally, you must pay a fine, which could be several hundred dollars.
- Your driver’s license could be suspended. The State of Texas charges you “Points” against your driving record if you are convicted of certain traffic violations. The number of Points charged ranges from 1 to 6, depending on the type of traffic violation you are given. “Points” remain on a driver’s record for 3 years. Accumulating too many points on your driving record can result in a driver’s license suspension. If that happens, you cannot legally drive an automobile in Texas.
- The Texas Department of Public Safety assesses “surcharges” for convictions of certain traffic citations. A yearly $100 surcharge is assessed for 6 Points or more on your driving record; with another $25 surcharge for each additional point. Convictions for “no insurance” and “driving while license invalid” mandate a $750.00 surcharge each!
- Convictions of 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. If they find convictions on your driving record, they may increase your insurance rates.
- There are enhanced charges and punishments for multiple convictions. All traffic tickets, traffic violations, code violations and other municipal tickets are “Class C” misdemeanors. The range of punishment for Class C misdemeanors does not include jail time (fine only). However, convictions 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 could be devastating.
Don’t wait! Contact Todd E. Tkach now. Our team of lawyers and staff have the experience, knowledge and skills to aggressively represent you to make sure that your rights are protected.