For many first-time offenses, a driver may get a break from the judge. However, traffic offenses are highly common throughout southwest Virginia. Whether you have never had a brush with the law before, or you are facing a repeat traffic violation, you need to understand your rights to allow you to make informed decisions. Paying the fine for a moving violation creates a mark on your driving record. Points on your record will likely cause your insurance rates to rise significantly. Moreover, many traffic offenses are considered criminal offenses in Tennessee that can haunt you for years to come.
I am Will Clemons, an experienced criminal defense and traffic law attorney. Most people just shake their heads after being charged with a traffic offense and then take their blows. Paying the fine, attending driving school and other consequences may seem like a small price to pay. Unfortunately, you may have other options available to you to protect and preserve your privilege to drive. At Clemons Law, P.C., in Christiansburg, I provide straightforward answers and aggressive advocacy for people who have been charged with any level of traffic offense, including reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, speeding, evading a traffic control device, failure to obey a highway sign and felony charges involving motor vehicles.
Challenging The Ticket In Court
If members of law enforcement violated your rights in conducting a traffic stop, a lawyer can stand by your side to protect your rights. Fighting the ticket may be an appropriate option, but you need to work with an attorney who knows how to find the flaws in the commonwealth's case to challenge the charges. Presenting a compelling defense requires not only knowledge of the law, but courtroom skills that can only be earned through experience.
Reducing The Charge To Eliminate Or Decrease Points On Your Record
Many traffic violations are resolved through negotiation. A traffic violations lawyer can guide you through the difficult decisions that need to be made to arrive at an appropriate bargain. I have extensive experience with the traffic code and understand the nuances of the law. In negotiating a reduced charge, you need to know more than what the potential fine may be to protect your rights.
You need to understand how many points attach to each different violation. Reducing points is critical in protecting your privilege to drive, and keeping your insurance premiums in an affordable range. A local lawyer who knows the law and how the commonwealth attorneys and law enforcement operate can be invaluable in negotiating a favorable agreement to protect your future.
Learn More About Your Options To Keep Your Record Clean
If you have never asked, "Do I need an attorney for my traffic ticket?" before, now may be the best time to start. To speak with a lawyer with experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, call (540) 305-3745 or send me an email. The initial consultation is free of charge. I can evaluate your unique circumstances and explain the legal options that may be available to you to protect your future.