|Traffic Tickets - City of Dallas|
The Attig Law Firm, located just around the corner from the City of Dallas Municipal Court can help you with your City of Dallas Traffic Tickets.
City of Dallas traffic tickets can result in many problems for you, your driver's license and your insurance:
1) Traffic Courts are required to report convictions to the Texas Department of Public Safety
2) Your insurance company has the ability to research your traffic ticket history through the Texas Department of Public Safety. If you are convicted of certain traffic tickets, your insurance can - and likely will - raise your insurance rates.
3) If you have four (4) moving violations in 12 months, or seven (7) tickets in 24 months, the Texas Department of Public Safety can suspend your license as a "habitual violator".
After you receive a traffic ticket or citation from a police officer in the City of Dallas, you will have only twenty-one (21) days to pay the fine or appear in court to contest the ticket. If you do not appear in court, a citation for "Failure to Appear" will be issued - adding more fines and penalties to your citation. If you still fail to appear, a warrant for your arrest could or will be issued.
There are only two ways to get rid of the arrest warrant: 1) post a cash bond for the fines that you owe, or 2) hire an attorney who can post a bond on your behalf. Many people chose to hire an attorney so that they do not have to come up with the hundreds of dollars needed to post a cash bond. Even paying an attorney is often cheaper than posting the bond.
The Attig Law Firm charges the following rates for legal representation for traffic tickets issued the City of Dallas:
* $75 per offense for City of Dallas Tickets
* $150 per offense for past due City of Dallas Tickets, or tickets where a warrant has been issued. (This fee is for any City of Dallas offense that was issued more then 21 days earlier and for which no appearance was made and no fine was paid).
The Attig Law Firm will attempt to have the ticket dismissed or negotiate a plea agreement on your behalf. Tickets can sometimes be dismissed if they are outside the "statute of limitations", if the City of Dallas is unable to prove you committed the offense, or if there is some other flaw in the citation. If the ticket cannot be dismissed, a common outcome is a plea agreement known as deferred adjudication.
Deferred adjudication is a type of probation that may be given in traffic court. In most cases, you will have to pay some money on the ticket and also agree that you will not get a ticket for a certain period of time (30 - 180 days from your court date). If you are under 25, the City may also want you to take a defensive driving course.
The Attig Law Firm may be able to assist with other Class C Misdemeanors such as public intoxication, minors in possession, Class C Assaults, or other city code violations. Contact us for our fees on such matters as the attorney fees do vary for these types of matters.
The Attig Law Firm does accept all major credit and debit cards. Please note that if you pay by credit or debit card, the Attig Law Firm will add 3.5% to the rates above; these rates are charged to us by our bank so that we can offer the convenience to our clients who wish to pay by credit or debit cards.