Areas of Practice: Traffic Defense
If you received a traffic ticket you should not pay the ticket or plead guilty before consulting with an attorney. Often an attorney can negotiate a resolution that dismisses the charge or avoids a moving violation from appearing on your driving record.
Traffic violations can be charged as Infractions, Misdemeanors, or Felonies, depending on the circumstances. Pleading guilty can have serious consequences on the outcome. Apart from an obligation to pay the face value fine on the ticket, the offense may appear as a conviction on your driving record that will certainly have long-term consequences.
Moreover, in Indiana, individuals who have numerous prior convictions, can eventually be designated a "habitual driving offender" and risk a 10 year license suspension.
An experienced attorney should discuss your case in detail with you, review your driving record, and obtain all of facts surrounding the offense.
The attorney will then meet with a deputy prosecutor and attempt to negotiate a plea agreement. Such an agreement recognizes that the State has an interest in disposing of many cases without going to trial. At the same time this eliminates the Defendant's inherent risks associated with going to trial.
What to Do If you receive a Traffic Ticket: