I received a reckless driving ticket in Las Vegas (doing 50mph in a 25mph zone) and I live out of state, so I'm considering getting an attorney to represent me. One I spoke to said they charge a $500 fee up front and they would attempt to get the ticket reduced to a parking violation (I don't think that's likely) or to a speeding ticket with a fine and traffic school. (which I feel is more likely) Once I give them my money, what prevents them from taking my money and running? How do I know they will show up for me on my court date and do what they say they will? This is my first experience with anything like this, so I am a bit apprehensive. I will probably pay the same whether I handle it myself or obtain the attorney, but if the latter gets the reckless off my record, I'd prefer that.