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Hello, I'm Karla Mitchell. Going through a legal case can be very expensive and challenging. I won't go into details, but I recently underwent my own legal battle that lasted several years. It is finally over and I successfully received a settlement, but I had to spend so much time studying law in order to play my role in my own court case. While I found a great attorney at one point, I felt completely lost initially and I don't want anyone else to experience the same thing. So I decided to create this blog for those who would like to know more about law.


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Charged With A Traffic Crime? 3 Ways An Attorney Can Assist You

by Andrew Martin

When facing a traffic ticket, you can show up in court and represent yourself if you want to. This is not the level of crime for which an attorney is provided for free. However, you can choose to hire an attorney to represent you if you are facing a traffic violation you don't agree with or wish to have the charges lessened. A traffic law attorney can represent you in court, help negotiate the charges, and advise you.

#1 Provide Representation for You in Court 

When you must appear before the judge, instead of appearing by yourself, you can appear with your attorney by your side. You can even authorize your attorney to represent you in court, so you do not have to appear in court, but your attorney will appear in court before the judge on your behalf.

The attorney you hire can speak on your behalf. They can come up with and present your defense to the judge. They will know how to be organized and will know what information to present to get the charges dropped or downsized against you. Just like in other criminal cases, an attorney will use evidence to help you get a better outcome.

#2 Negotiate the Charges

Often your attorney can negotiate the charges before you even appear in court. For smaller traffic violations, the prosecuting agency, whomever that may be, will give you an opportunity to meet before going into the courtroom. This is where an attorney can present evidence to the prosecuting agency and use that information to get your charges reduced. During these types of meetings, it is common for charges to be downgraded to a lower level or for the prosecuting agency to ask you to pay a few instead of facing any charges.

#3 Offer You Advice

Finally, your attorney can offer you advice. They can look over your case and advise you what you should say to the judge. They can offer your advice, even if they don't appear in court for you. A lawyer can provide you with information during a consultation to use when you meet with the prosecutor or the judge to get your traffic charges reduced down to a simple fine instead of a mark on your driving record. This is a great way to get legal help on a small budget.

An attorney can offer you advice on what to do concerning your traffic charges, they can show up in court for you, and they can help get your charges reduced.