No matter the potential liability of your legal problem, it is always a good idea to contact an attorney to see how much the problem could affect your freedom, finances, or life. Most people know the wisdom of hiring an attorney if they are charged with a misdemeanor, felony or sued in civil court. However, many do not know that they can and should hire an attorney for a traffic infraction or a small claims suit.
The Cost of A Traffic Infraction Is Higher Than the Fine
The liability of a traffic infraction is much higher than the fine on the ticket and can continue to harm the individual for years to come. Like most states, Indiana has a fine for speeding, but we also have a point system(2–8) assigned to each traffic violation depending on the speed and potential harm the violation could cause. An individual who receives too many points in a year will have his or her license revoked. Additionally, an individual who receives more than 18 points in a two-year period could be labeled a habitual bad driver – a label that can have very serious consequences, from losing one’s license to losing all future license privileges. Further, every insurance company uses the state’s point system to determine the cost of an individual’s coverage. Depending on the insurance company, one ticket can cause a driver’s rates to skyrocket. Simply paying the fine on the ticket will be seen as an admission of guilt by the state and insurance companies, which allows the state to add infraction points on your license and insurance companies to raise your rates.
How can an attorney help?
Traffic infractions can be fought in court just like any other criminal or civil action. Just like in criminal court the state is required to prove that you are in-fact guilty of a traffic infraction. A defense attorney makes certain that the police and the State’s prosecutor perform their job thoroughly. Like any other case, a person is deemed to be innocent until proven guilty. This rule applies to traffic just as much as every other area of the justice system. While no attorney can guarantee a particular result, you cannot beat a traffic infraction if you do not try. Armed with a thorough understanding of the law and the courts, an attorney may be able to defeat the State’s case.
With a free phone consultation, my staff and I can clearly explain all of your options, identify which approach will bring the best results, and tell you honestly if it is in your best interest to hire our firm. Please call (812) 269-2836 if you would like to learn about the options available to you.