I have a total of $620 in payable fines and 6 points for going at this speed. I have contemplated paying the fines, but this might in-turn get my license suspended and require me to attend a driver improvement program. on the other hand, consulting an attorney does not guarantee dismissal or reduction of the fines or points, which means spending more money that I don't have and still end up with the same consequences. I am not sure in which ways representing myself increases my chances. Please help! At the very best and worst what are my chances if I represent myself or decide to hire an attorney. Please give an answer from professional assessment or experience. Thank you.
The chances of an attorney being able to work out a reduction are excellent. Look for a lawyer who deals often with he court you are dealing with and retain him or her. Your chances on your own are minimal at best. The only advantage to self-representation is saving money in the short term, often to the detriment of the long term.
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Most times I don't recommend paying for an attorney when there is only a fine as a possible outcome. But with this one and six potential points and a license suspension in the mix, you should really consider it. My experience is judges will be much more likely to cut you a break with an attorney they know well standing next to you, both because they know you had to pay for that and out of courtesy to the attorney, as well as possibly the idea of you hiring an attorney at all demonstrates how seriously you are taking this
Your chances are much better with a lawyer, and for reasons you don't even know. There are many ways to deal with traffic cases, and options at sentencing to avoid points, as well as an appeal to the circuit court when it is possible to negotiate with a prosecutor (unlike with district court where your case will be heard first, where there is only the police officer). 45 over is pretty high, and taking driver improvement class before court could be a lot more beneficial than doing it after. Call a lawyer and discuss the options, and consider hiring one.
Assuming you know the judges, know how to cater to them, know the rules of evidence and how to apply them, and can speak well for yourself in front of a crowd, you have a chance of coming out better than paying the fines. But many (and by many, I mean all) judges get very frustrated with unrepresented parties. Yes, even on payable dockets. I know it's stupid considering payable dockets are comprised 99% of unrepresented parties, but it's human nature to get frustrated when you have 100 people a day who have no clue what they're doing. Getting a lawyer completely changes the playing field. Also, you're facing 7 points, not 6 if your bigger ticket is for 100 in a 55 and more than 9 over on the other ticket. Your other post was confusing.
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