If you’ve received a traffic ticket, you may think that you can save yourself some money by representing yourself in traffic court rather than hiring a traffic lawyer.However, the opposite more often proves to be true. Furthermore, trying to fight a ticket yourself can cost you in intangibles, such as wasted time and unnecessary stress.
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
There may be technicalities or extenuating circumstances in your case that could work in your favor, but if you don’t know what they are, you won’t know to bring them up in court. A traffic attorney will listen to your case with a knowledgeable ear and then formulate a fact-based strategy to gain a favorable outcome for you in court.
You Don’t Have the Tools To Cut Through Red Tape
Even if you have some knowledge of what you need to adequately defend yourself, as a private citizen, you don’t have ready access to the evidence that you would require to clear your name, such as data from the speed detection device or traffic camera footage. Would you even know where to begin looking for those things? Even if you do, there is a lot of obstructive bureaucracy standing in your way. You may not know how to cut through all that red tape, but an experienced San Diego traffic ticket lawyer has the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain the evidence needed to make your case.
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Your Time Is Valuable
While your actual time in traffic court may be rather short, you’ll need to arrive at least 30 minutes early to avoid incurring further penalties for failing to appear. You may need to budget even more time than that to allow for finding a parking place, walking to the courthouse, and queuing at the security counter. That’s not counting the time you’ve already spent trying to prepare your case. If you hire a traffic attorney to represent you, in some cases you may not be required to show up to court at all.
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