Top 5 Things to Look For in Hiring a Traffic Lawyer

October 27th, 2020 by admin No comments »

1. Location. Make sure the attorney you choose has some familiarity with the area in which you received a ticket. Small Town and Village courts have a lot of idiosyncrasies that local attorneys are likely to know about and can better be of service to you. Also, the less travel time an attorney has to make to court, the less likely he/she is to charge.

2. Communication. Make sure that when you contact a traffic attorney, he/she is up front with you and conveys his/her advice in an articulate fashion. Most attorneys will offer a free initial phone consultation. Based off this consultation, size up what the attorney has to offer and if you establish a good rapport, this is a positive indication as to how the attorney-client relationship is likely to go.

3. Price. Be mindful that there are some attorneys out there who advertise a very low flat fee, but once you hire them, they change their tune and inflate the price to reflect your “special” or “unique” circumstances. The old saying holds true in that “You get what you pay for.” Don’t be so quick to hire an attorney solely on price, as more often than not, the lowest priced attorney is not necessarily the most competent attorney.

4. Referrals. Do an online search when hiring a traffic attorney. If someone refers an attorney by name, check them out for yourself, either by doing a Google or Bing search or by going directly to their website. In this day and age, most attorneys have their own website. If they don’t, that may tell you something right of the bat. By going to an attorney’s website prior to speaking with them, you will get a chance to go into the conversation already knowing something about them and when speaking to them, you can see if the information they give you “jibes” with the information that is on their site. You would be amazed as to how many attorneys don’t know that they even HAVE a website, let alone know what content about them and their services is on it.

5. Experience. Make sure that the attorney you hire to represent you in your traffic matter has actually handled cases like yours in the past. Many attorneys dabble in all sorts of areas of law and if traffic is not one they handle on a regular basis, they are not in a good position to advocate in your best interest. The attorney you choose does not have to have a legacy dating back to the 1800’s. Nor do they require “over 50 years combined experience.” More times than not, an attorney who has handled his/her fair share of vehicle and traffic cases will suffice. Just make sure that this area of law is one in which they consistently and continuously take on.

You certainly don’t want to hire an attorney who has tons of experience in traffic law, but has been out of the loop for a good number of years. Like mentioned above, all City, Village, and Town courts operate a bit different and have their own way of doing things. By hiring a lawyer who is “in the know” will ultimately be of best interest to your legal needs.

One Way Traffic Attorneys Win Cases

October 16th, 2020 by admin No comments »

Before I get too far, let me let you in on a little information. I am not trying to sell you anything. I am not trying to lull you into a false sense of hope about the outcome of your speeding ticket. In fact, I can’t even guarantee you that after you read this article you’ll be able to beat your ticket.

But I can guarantee you this – you’ll have at least one tool in your arsenal to help you fight your traffic ticket.

I’m a Seattle traffic lawyer so I know about this stuff. I litigate anywhere from 5-10 traffic tickets each week. Most I win, some I lose. But I always go in with the goal of keeping my clients’ driving records clean. And that’s what you should do too. So, here we go!

What I’m going to talk about today is a procedural defense to a speeding ticket. The great thing about rules, particularly in the practice of law, is that they must be followed. If they are not followed (well, most of the anyway), then the document or the case, or the item is defective, and the court won’t allow it to be a part of the case. This is great for traffic attorneys, as we are always looking for ways to keep things out of the case.

One of the procedural requirements for traffic citations, in Seattle at least (there may be different rules in different place, so check first), is that the case must be filed within the court within 5 business days of it’s issuance. So, for example, if you are issued a speeding ticket on Monday, then they must file the ticket by that next Monday, assuming there are no legal holidays (Tuesday is day one, then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday).

If the case is not filed within 5 days (and this happens much more often than you might expect) then the ticket is defective, the court will not hear it, and it will be dismissed! So, one of the first things you should look at with your ticket it the date it was issued and the date it was filed with the court. If the cop waited too long, you could have an issue that could get your ticket dismissed without any trouble!

Informed Traffic Attorney – Could Save You a Fortune

September 27th, 2020 by admin No comments »

Traffic violations carry penalties that range from a fine to the confiscation of one is license (points can accumulate on your driving record leading to automatic suspension of your license). They affect your auto insurance rates and in more, serious cases you could have to face jail time, probation, license suspension, and/or vehicle immobilization for your traffic ticket.

Defending a speeding ticket can be a daunting task if you are unfamiliar with the law system. Every state in the United States has its own strict code of rules and regulations and it is really very difficult for a driver to follow all the rules in his daily life. However, keeping into consideration the safety of many lives, one must take care not to violate traffic rules. But sometimes, knowingly or unknowingly people violate traffic rules either because of hurry or ignorance and here start their problems.

We know that a drivers license is needed for most day-to-day activities and work purposes but what if your driving license is suspended just because of points you gain on your traffic ticket. Just think of not being able to drive to the grocery store; or to pick up your children after school or a sporting event; or drive to work. Think of it for a moment – really think about it.

Of course, being careful with your driving, updating your licenses, vehicle papers and insurances and making sure you are following traffic rules are your best ways to avoid a traffic ticket, a traffic attorney is your best help when it comes to beat your pay speeding ticket, you have already received. Your unfamiliarity with local traffic law may lead you to face problems later in getting the best defense possible. You may miss certain traffic ticket defenses which may eliminate or greatly reduce your traffic attorney ticket. This is where a traffic attorney with experience can help you. Getting a help from an informed traffic attorney could save you a fortune.

Do not underestimate the consequences of a traffic citation as traffic convictions can sometimes mean you have been convicted of a crime. If you do not know the system, then you do not know the options available to perhaps lessen the charge(s) or get them dismissed. By taking the help a traffic attorney to follow the suitable steps for traffic defense, you can not only avoid having a bad driving record but also can protect your driving privileges.

For in a Traffic Attorney

June 13th, 2020 by admin No comments »

But you know nothing about traffic ticket defense and don’t feel like going to court, to look like an idiot or otherwise. So you consider hiring a traffic attorney. And let’s say you are in Seattle, for example, so you Google “Seattle traffic attorney.” And you get 1.5 million hits. And you know going into it you feel a little uneasy. Some of your friends have had great success working with an attorney, and some have had terrible experiences. So what should you look for in a good Seattle traffic attorney? Here are five things that might help.

Almost all of us have gotten a traffic ticket before. Speeding, illegal turn, running a stop sign, driving in the HOV lanes, whatever it is, when you get the ticket the first thing you think of is how high your insurance rates are going to go and how much it is going to cost you. And then you talk to a buddy who says he fought his ticket and got it dismissed. And then you talk to someone else who says you are an idiot if you don’t fight your traffic ticket because they can be beat.

First, you need someone that doesn’t claim that they will definitively be able to beat your traffic ticket. While that sounds a little counter intuitive (we all want someone that can win, after all), it makes sense when you think about it. Traffic law, like all other areas of the law, is predicated on two things – the law and the facts. If the law is on your side, but not the facts, you could lose. If the facts are on your side but not the facts, you could also lose. And if nothing is on your side, you might lose. But you never know until you get the opportunity to look at everything. So, a major red flag is that your potential traffic lawyer claims to have an unusually high rate of success.

Third, don’t necessarily look for the cheapest traffic lawyer. For the most part, they are pretty cheap overall. For example, in Seattle I’ve seen charges anywhere from $175 to $350 for a simple traffic ticket. So shelling that out to have someone help is usually worth the payment (plus you don’t have to go to court, take off work, etc.). The thing is with paying a little more money is that you usually get better service. A smaller fee means that attorney needs to take on more cases to pay the rent. Fewer cases means more attention on you.

Fourth, make sure you get someone who’ll return your calls. If you call them to talk and they don’t call you back for a few days, that isn’t a good sign. Like any other lawyer, traffic ticket attorneys are usually busy people. But that doesn’t mean they can’t take ten minutes to touch base with you or shoot you an email to let you know they’ve received your information and are taking a look at it.

Fifth, don’t wait until the last minute to hire an attorney. The longer you wait, and the closer the date gets to your contested hearing, the less time and leverage you have to find the lawyer that is right from you (and probably cheaper). If you wait until the week of your hearing you may find your fee is higher because of the scheduling work that will need to be done by the person you hire. If they have to pay someone to appear somewhere else so they can be at your hearing, that may come out of your pocket.

Second, though, you do need someone that has as a major part of their practice traffic law. Don’t ask the attorney who put together your will to go in there and take care of your speeding ticket. He might be able to do it eventually, but like any other area of the law, there is a certain amount of specialized knowledge involved in the practice of traffic ticket law.

Bottom line, hiring a traffic attorney is a lot like hiring any other service professional. Take a little time to check them out, make sure you can trust them, and don’t wait until the problem spirals out of control. If you do get a traffic ticket you should always fight it. The worst that can happen is that you pay the fine.

Marketing, Promoting and Advertising Your Business

February 28th, 2020 by admin No comments »

One thing that goes without saying in today’s business world, is that regardless of the nature of your home based business, a website is an absolute MUST. Whether you have a product or service to sell, whether local or global, your business will go nowhere fast if you don’t have an online presence. If you need internet marketing help, you’ve landed on the right article. I’ll give you some home based business marketing ideas that will help you promote your business successfully.

The first step is choosing a domain name and getting it registered. You can build your own website (if you have the time) and host it yourself or you can have everything done by another company (if you have the money). Either way, you have many options and tools at your disposal that can align with your business plan and budget. Also note that you can still start your own home based business even if you don’t have a product or service to sell. There are thousands of individuals and companies that have products you can sell for them while earning a commission, called affiliate marketing.

Of the many business marketing strategies known to man, internet marketing is, hands down, the best strategy to use for promoting a home based business as it is the cheapest method and has the potential for reaching millions of people all over the globe. Driving traffic to your site through online resources is like killing two birds with one stone. You can tackle print advertising by writing articles and publishing them to directories and ezines and by submitting ads to the many available (and most of them free) classified ad sites. Online media advertising encompasses writing press releases and distributing them to press release sites. One of the biggest and most popular online advertising trends today is via social media advertising through sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn where you build relationships with your customers. Forums and communities are also great ways to build relationships which helps promote your home based business in the long run. Simply Google your market or industry with the word ‘forum’ or ‘community’ behind it and search for one or two that seem to be the best fit for you.

All of these methods of online advertising contribute to search engine optimization (SEO), which is to say improving your online visibility and escalating in the search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Your goal is to claim the #1 spot in the organic search results (the results on the left, not the right side which are paid ads). This is where your traffic will come from. If you are 800 in the list of search results, no one is ever going to see your site because very few people have the time or patience to scroll through 800 search results. Research shows that people typically won’t even scroll past 4 or 5 search results, let alone 800.

Can you grasp the importance of internet marketing for any business? If you are new to the internet marketing phenomenon and don’t know exactly where to start, there are many great programs or systems online that walk you through every aspect of marketing your online business. A lot of these systems were created by online entrepreneurs who have spent thousands of their own dollars trying to figure it all out over the years and finally DID. Their sacrifices have made it easier for newbies to become successful at their own online home based business. If you are new to running your own home based business, I recommend you find a great system (do your research, read reviews, ask questions in forums) and start marketing your home business from there. Don’t waste the time and money that so many of us have in going it alone, without a proven system, as it will just set you back further and hinder your progress.