Should I get an attorney to fight speeding ticket in California?
This is a valid question whether or not it makes sense to hire an attorney to fight speeding ticket in California. Almost all speeding tickets in California are infractions unless there are other circumstances that may elevate it to a misdemeanor in combination with another charge. So, for an infraction for a speeding ticket you need to look at the total cost of the speeding ticket if you plead guilty and request traffic school verses the cost of hiring a speeding ticket attorney.
Here is an example of the costs involved for a California speeding ticket:
- Speeding ticket fine: $380
- Court fee for traffic school: $ 50
- Traffic school fee: $ 20
- Total Cost of speeding ticket: $450
In this example you need to ask is this the true total cost of the ticket; the answer is NO. You also need to allocate some value for the time it takes for you to attend traffic school to deal with the ticket as well. So with that you need to understand how much a lawyer is willing to charge you to go to court and fight the speeding ticket.
Cost to hire an attorney to fight speeding ticket in California?
This is a more difficult question to answer because most attorneys will not publish a fixed flat fee rate for a legal service. You are likely to get published rate with little disclaimers such as: from $199 or fr $99. Generally, the words “from or fr” are shown in very little font and the price of $199 or $99 is in very big bold font with vivid colors. The reason for this is to give you the false information about the price. These services may start with a lower fee but sure enough sooner or later you will be charged more. That is why the disclaimer “from” is always there. But let’s say that you finally spend $500 to have an attorney go to court and fight the speeding ticket. Well, using the example above:
If the attorney wins your case: You have spent $50 more than if you would have just taken traffic school.
If the attorney does not win your case: You have spent $380 for the fine and $500 for the attorney, that is $880. Now if you do traffic school you will pay another $70 for a grand total of $950.
As you can see in this example, regardless what happens you will end up spending more money than what you would spend if you go at it alone. Getting an attorney to fight speeding ticket can be expensive.
Is there another alternative to fight a speeding tickets in California?
The answer is YES. You can do a trial by written declaration either on your own or you can hire a service to do that for you. If you know how to prepare a speeding ticket defense then that is the cheapest way. If you don’t know how to prepare a speeding ticket defense then we can do that for you for a low flat fee all you need to do is to sign up and send us a copy of your ticket.
Once you have considered all the options the answer becomes clear to hire an attorney to fight speeding ticket or seek other alternatives.