The freedom that comes from getting behind the wheel of your car must be balanced against your obligation to comply with the motor vehicle laws in the state of Louisiana. If you break a traffic law, you can be cited by law enforcement and face various consequences for the violation. You may be required to pay a fine and the citation will appear on your driving record for a period of time. If you commit too many driving offenses, especially of a serious nature, your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked.
Being cited for violating traffic laws or receiving traffic tickets may not seem like a major offense. However, the fines can total several hundred dollars even for a first ticket. In addition, citations can raise your auto insurance rates and the potential loss of your license for repeated tickets. In addition, citations can disqualify you from certain jobs that require a clean driving record. For all of these reasons, if you receive a traffic ticket, you should consult our New Orleans criminal defense attorneys.
J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC Can Help You Fight New Orleans Traffic Tickets
When you receive a traffic ticket or citation, paying the fine without disputing the ticket can be seen as an admission of guilt. Points may be placed on your driver’s license depending upon the nature of your offense (three or four points are common for a standard moving violation). Having the ticket and points on your driving record will likely drive your insurance rates up and mar your driving record, sometimes for years.
The time to take action on your traffic ticket is before you have admitted guilt and/or paid your traffic fine. When you contact an experienced New Orleans criminal defense attorney at J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC, you can explore all of your options for fighting your traffic ticket. We may be able to negotiate a deal where you are able to avoid points on your driving license by attending traffic school. We also may be able to get the traffic ticket thrown out or reduced to a non-moving violation.
When you are issued a traffic ticket, you have the right to plead not guilty and to defend yourself, just as you do when accused of any other violation or crime. In fact, you do not have to prove your innocence; it is the prosecutor’s responsibility to prove your guilt. We can defend your traffic case by casting doubt on whether the evidence presented is true or by showing that there was insufficient evidence that you committed the violation. As your New Orleans criminal defense lawyers, we will assess your options and help you choose the best course of action to avoid conviction for your traffic citation.
Contact a New Orleans Criminal Defense Lawyer at J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC
A traffic citation is a legal action taken against you by law enforcement and it should be taken seriously. Don’t allow an unfair conviction become part of your driving record and don’t sit back and accept the consequences of a traffic ticket. Instead, contact a New Orleans criminal defense attorney at J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC today to learn how we can help you to fight your ticket and keep your driving record clean.