San Diego Traffic Ticket Lawyer

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
Traffic tickets are a major revenue-builder for the county.  A speeding ticket, red light ticket or other minor violation can costs hundreds of dollars.  Points on your driving record may cause your insurance company to raise your premiums and an accumulation of points can lead to a license suspension.  In addition, missing court or missing a deadline can lead to even higher fines, a hold on your driver's license, and a warrant.  Tickets for driving without a license, driving without insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle, etc. are exceptionally expensive.  It is not uncommon for a few tickets to spiral out of control and end up costing you thousands of dollars or your driver's license.  To make matters worse, dealing with the traffic court and the DMV can be frustrating and unsuccessful. 

If you or a loved one has warrants for failing to appear in court or has had difficulty obtaining or maintaining a driver's license, it may help to have an experienced defense attorney on your side.  For more run-of-the-mill traffic tickets (speeding, red light, lane change, cell phone), it may not always be cost-effective to hire an attorney.  For traffic offenders who have not done traffic school in the past 18 months, it may be possible to keep the point off of your license and pay the fine for less money than attorney's fees.

If you have recently attended traffic school, have a multitude of points already or are facing pricy or serious violations, it may make sense to hire an attorney to give you the best chance at beating your ticket.  Due to the long time it takes to get a traffic case to trial, officer memories fade, and officers might not even appear at your traffic trial date if they have more pressing obligations.  If the officer does appear, and took strong notes relating to your traffic stop, your attorney may be able to negotiate your ticket down to a non-point violation (e.g. VC 38300).  This way you will avoid a point on your license, pay a small fine, not have to attend traffic school, and perhaps most importantly, retain your traffic school eligibility for a future violation.

Keeping your driving record clean and maintaining a license can be very important for all drivers, but is especially important for drivers who drive for a living.  Truck drivers, Taxi/Uber/Lyft drivers, EMTs and must take greater steps to avoid traffic convictions and points.

Some traffic-related tickets are misdemeanors and are not handled in traffic court.  Driving without a license or with a suspended license are both frequently charged as misdemeanors, subjecting the defendant to jail time and probation.  If you or a loved one is facing a misdemeanor traffic ticket, it becomes even more unwise to defend ones self. 

Contact the Law Offices of Nicholas Loncar now for a free consultation with a San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney.  We can discuss your specific situation and you can decide whether you stand to benefit from having an attorney fight your ticket or criminal case on your behalf.  Frankly, there are many times when hiring an attorney on a traffic ticket is not worth the attorney's fees, but in some cases, retaining counsel can save you thousands of dollars and keep you on the road.

Nicholas M. Loncar, Esq.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
San Diego DUI Lawyer
t: 619-930-9515
f: 619-930-9516


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