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Should I get an attorney for a minor traffic ticket?

For most of us, minor traffic tickets such as speeding and running a red light are our only brushes with the criminal justice system in SC. So, if it’s your only brush with the law, you may not know whether to get an attorney on your particular case or not. Let’s face it, most of us don’t have a criminal defense attorney on speed dial, and we aren’t sure if a lawyer will even benefit us for a minor offense.

Truth be told, you can always just show up and pay the fine. Surrender, admit guilt, pay a fine, and be done with it. But will you really be done with it? Many times, traffic offenses can raise your insurance premiums. A higher monthly payment might surpass the small-by-comparison investment in a lawyer. Additionally, multiple tickets can add up to accumulated license points, leading to a possible suspension down the road.

A lawyer can help you wade through the murky¬†world of traffic tickets. Often times, they can work out an arrangement with no points on your license and minimal risk of your insurance carrier raising your premium. Perhaps best of all, you won’t have to appear in court!

So, the answer to the question “should I get an attorney for a minor traffic ticket” is certainly up to you. While it’s always easier to just pay a fine and forget about it, you can be assured that your insurance company will not “just forget about it.”

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