“Darn” Expensive Lawyers…!

Aren’t they? Well, especially the good ones. It’s one of those situations where we dislike lawyers, tell lawyer jokes and think they are horrible people until you need one… ain’t that the truth. We see them portrayed in TV shows, the good, kind lawyers and the bad, evil ones… it reminds me of wrestling. The […]

Aren’t they? Well, especially the good ones. It’s one of those situations where we dislike lawyers, tell lawyer jokes and think they are horrible people until you need one… ain’t that the truth. We see them portrayed in TV shows, the good, kind lawyers and the bad, evil ones… it reminds me of wrestling.

The thing is that when we’re dwelling in the realm of traffic defense and we absolutely, positively need a lawyer we are going to have to spend some money. It’s not as bad as you may think though.

Let’s examine one of the recent cases that the firm (as we like to call it) took care of. The culprit in this case (we’ll call him Douglas although that’s not even close to his real name) was cited for driving 111 miles per hour on a 70 mph zone on his way to Las Vegas. You’d be astonished to find out how many people get speeding tickets coming from or going to “sin city”. Doug got pinched by a CHP officer using a radar gun, pretty much done. This type of citation will give you 2 points on your driver’s license, a very hefty fine and the possibility of getting your license suspended and I emphasize “possibility” because although not typical it does happen. By the way, 111 is mild compared to some of the 120+ we’ve seen.

Obviously there’s no traffic school allowed in a case like this so you have to consider how much the insurance on Doug’s car will go up for the next three years and if he already had a point on his license, well… it will go up even more and remember that with four points in one year you do lose your driving privilege.

Enter the “very expensive” lawyer that can actually get you off. If you estimate the legal costs versus the combined costs of the ticket, fine, insurance and potential loss of license, the lawyer just became a lot less expensive.

You need to audition your traffic attorney. There are outfits out there that will file trial by declaration forms on your behalf or hope the officer won’t show up at the trial and charge very little or even offer a money back guarantee. Ask them to show you how many of these cases they actually win. Since traffic offenses in California are treated as criminal offenses you need an attorney that really knows what he or she is doing so do your homework and please don’t drive 111… don’t be a Doug.

By the way, if you’ve ever met Douglas you will see an uncanny resemblance to Captain Picard, perhaps that’s where he gets his “need for speed”.