I received a ticket for going 45 in 35mph zone. My court date is this Wednesday and I've decided to look for an attorney to represent me. I've spoken to a few attorneys that tell me this will most likely go to trial due to my lengthy driving record, rather than hire an attorney now and come out of my pocket wouldn't it make more financial sense for me to hire an attorney after Wednesday?
If you have spoken with several attorneys, then you should be aware of their fee schedules. I prefer to be retained sooner rather than later, and it does not affect how my a charge to handle the case.
It makes more sense to have an attorney for the entire process. While you have a lengthy record, an attorney may be able to look at it and make the proper argument to convince the clerk to find you not responsible. Keep in mind that the second level hearing is mjch more strict and the judge tends to look at the specific facts of the stop, while the clerk may be more willing to consider the big picture presented to him or her.
I really cannot tell if you are just challenging a non-criminal ticket or were charged criminally for an offense related to your operation. Either way, points on your driving record are at issue and it sounds as if you want to avoid them. It is best to get an experienced criminal defense attorney working for you now for the court hearing date - not after. Having an attorney on board now increases your changes of a successful outcome.
Since this is Wednesday you have probably already had your hearing. But to answer you anyway, keep in mind one thing: How a lawyer charges you? It maybe for the entire case, whether now on board or later. It maybe on how far you pursue the issue. Either way might make a difference on your "out of pocket".
If we are really, truly talking about a speeding ticket I doubt very much that any trial court judge will waste the court's time having a trial. At the last minute you will probably be offered a deal just to get it out of the way for something more important to be tried. Take it!.
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