Traffic Lawyer Fairfax, VA
Do I need a Traffic lawyer for Traffic Court?
I’m a traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va. Every day I get a call from a person who got a traffic ticket. I always say, “Tell me about your situation, because you may not need a traffic lawyer.” This is because Traffic Court can hear cases about little inconsequential matters such as a lack of an inspection sticker (where all the Judge can do is fine you, and they usually dismiss it if you get it done prior to court) to some DUIs with mandatory jail sentences. The unhelpful lawyerly answer to the question is “it depends.”
Note: Our lawyers practice in Fairfax, and all other counties of Virginia. We have offices in Fairfax, Arlington, and Staunton. We reference Fairfax, Va. in this article because it is the largest jurisdiction in Virginia with the most rigid procedures. Work done to Fairfax standards meets or exceeds the standards in every other jurisdiction in the Commonwealth, so it is common to use it as a benchmark.
A traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va will first ask you what type of charge you have and what your driving record is like. With these two pieces of critical information, an experienced traffic lawyer can tell you if you need an attorney or not.
Traffic Crimes Versus Traffic Infractions
If your offense is a traffic crime, then you should hire a traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va.
If you have been charged with a traffic crime, you should hire a traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va. Common traffic crimes include, DUI, Reckless Driving, Driving on a Suspended License, Hit & Run, and No Operators License. These could result in jail and some of them, if convicted, will be put on your permanent criminal record.
If your offense is a traffic infraction, then you may or may not need a traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va.
The non-criminal traffic charges are known as “traffic infractions.” The maximum punishment for a traffic infraction is usually $250. (There are some add-on financial penalties, such as Speeding in a Highway Safety Corridor, so look at your code section in the Virginia Code to see what the maximum punishment is).
So, as you can tell above, most people will not want to hire a traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va for a legal fee of $1,500 or more when the maximum punishment for a traffic infraction cannot be any higher than $250. There are other considerations, though. If your driving record is bad, while the Court cannot suspend your license for a traffic infraction, the DMV may do so if you have accumulated too many points. You can look on the DMV web site to determine if the DMV will suspend your license. First, go on the DMV web site and get a copy of your DMV record. This will show you how many points you presently have. Then consult this web site to figure out how many points that your potential traffic infraction will put on your DMV record, and what the DMV will do to your license with that many points. If your calculations show that the DMV will put you on probation or suspend your license, you may want to hire a traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va, even though your charge is just a mere traffic infraction.
Also, many people ask me, “What will my insurance do?” That is not a legal question. That is an insurance question. I suggest that you contact your insurance agent and he/she can tell you if your rates will go up. Every insurance company has a different policy concerning points and infractions.
In summary, if your charge is just a traffic infraction, you may not want to pay for a traffic lawyer unless your driving record is bad. If it is bad, you may need to challenge that traffic infraction, and to do so you would be better off hiring a traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va. Finally, if your charge is a criminal charge, such as DUI, Reckless, Driving on Suspended, Driving Without a License, you should hire a traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va. Our web site has other articles on these criminal traffic offenses for which a traffic lawyer Fairfax, Va is needed.