There are times when you obviously need a traffic lawyer, and then there are times when it’s not as obvious.
When you’ve been charged with a DUI, you’re definitely going to want the help of one of your area’s criminal defense lawyers. Being convicted of a DUI has serious consequences, after all. You could have your license suspended for a year if you refuse the chemical test, which increases to two years on the second offense and three on the third, according to Colorado’s Implied Consent Laws. You could also receive jail time up to one year or up to 180 days, fines up to $1,000, and license suspension of nine months. After all, drinking and driving is a serious issue that claims 30 lives a day — about one death every 51 minutes.
But what if you get a ticket? Do you still need a traffic lawyer?
Well, it depends. The truth is that not every traffic charge requires you to go to court. Speeding, parking infractions, and more can all be generally settled by paying a fine, which is usually far less than the cost of hiring a traffic lawyer.
Other traffic charges are more serious, and may require legal help. These differ between states, and you may want to refer to your state’s vehicle code for more details, but generally, some of the more serious traffic infraction requiring legal help include:
- Repeat speeding tickets
- Reckless driving
- Hit and run accidents
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving uninsured
- Driving with a revoked or suspended license
- Driving with an expired license
- Outstanding warrants for unpaid tickets
- Arrest warrants for unpaid traffic violations
You’re obviously going to need the help of DUI attorneys if that’s what you’ve been charged with, but if you have a ticket, you may not need the help of a traffic attorney. It all depends on your driving history.