You should consult with an experienced traffic ticket attorney before paying a traffic ticket that has been referred to a collections agency (such as Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP or Penn Credit) for the following reasons:
Avoid Paying the 40% (+/-) Collection Fee
If you hire an experienced and reputable attorney (and you have multiple citations in collections), your attorney will likely be able to get the collections fee waived, which can save you money (even after the attorney fee).
Remove License Suspensions and Erase Late Fees
A knowledgeable traffic attorney can likely get your ticket(s) removed from collections and get any related license suspensions lifted (and fees waived), which saves you money and permanently removes the suspension entries from your record.
Get Your Ticket Dismissed
Depending on the county, a lawyer may be able to remove your ticket(s) from collections, lift the suspension(s), and get your ticket(s) set for hearing, which may result in the ticket being dismissed (no fines to pay - saving you more money).
Eliminate the Points (If not dismissed)
If the tickets can be beat in court, or if the Judge is not willing to set the tickets for a hearing (trial), many Judges will at least be generous enough to keep the points off of your record (which is much better than the points that you would receive if you chose to just pay the ticket while it was still in collections).
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This guide is not intended to be legal advice, nor is it meant to be interpreted as being a prediction for the outcome of your particular legal matter. Every county is different and not all counties / Judges will grant the motions discussed in this guide - this is why it is very important that you hire a reputable / knowledgeable traffic lawyer for your tickets in collections.
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