TRAFFIC TICKETS 101---WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU GET A TICKET
As a former Nassau County traffic prosecutor, I'll give you a basic primer on traffic tickets and some things that you might not know that can affect you in the future.
Do I need to hire a lawyer for a traffic ticket?Only you can really answer this question. Some things you should take into consideration are the following: (1) hiring an attorney means you don't have to appear in court in most instances; (2) an experienced traffic lawyer has legal training to be able to either have tickets dismissed or reduced to a much lower level than you would yourself; (3) many traffic tickets carry points which, if assessed against your driver's license, could cause an eventual loss of license and/or government imposed driver responsibility fees. An experienced lawyer should know how to help you navigate the DMV point system; (4) there are often collateral consequences associated with traffic tickets such as loss of license, increased insurance premiums and significant monetary penalties.
All of these and other reasons should be taken into consideration when deciding whether to hire an attorney for your traffic matter. While the need to do so may seem unnecessary, if you proceed on your own and lose your license, undoing the damage can be much more costly and without any guarantee that the damage will be undone.
Miscellanous ConsiderationsYou may be entitled to a supporting deposition depending on what county in which the ticket was issued and the nature of the charge. If the supporting deposition is not received or is received but is facially and/or jurisdictionally defective, you may be entitled to a dismissal. Like any profession, the law is complex and only seasoned practitioners are typically able to navigate the nuances of traffic cases. You should consider hiring a competent lawyer to handle your traffic matter.