Traffic Violations Lawyer in Austin, TX
Were you pulled over and issued a ticket for a traffic violation? Most traffic violations are minor, but some are on the more serious end of the spectrum. Whatever type of ticket you receive, it still comes with consequences that may range from fines to jail time.
Never “just pay” a ticket. Many people don’t realize that if you pay a traffic ticket in Texas without negotiating something, you are pleading guilty and taking a conviction on your driving record. It’s worth hiring a traffic violations attorney to fight a ticket for any violation, no matter how minor.
What violations are considered minor?
Minor traffic violations are those that typically only result in minimal fines. Such violations include:
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Disobeying a railroad crossing sign
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Parking in a disabled spot
These violations incur a fine as well as points against your driver’s license that affect your insurance rates. Too many points can result in suspension and even loss of your license.
Major traffic violations have harsher consequences
What would be considered a major traffic violation?
- Driving without a license (suspended license, minor without a license, etc.)
- Hit and run (leaving the scene of an accident where you were at fault)
- Reckless driving (extremely high speeds, erratic driving)
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
These have higher fines and could even result in jail time. You will be required to go to court. If you’ve received a ticket for any of these violations it is in your best interest to seek legal representation.
Benefits of Working with a Traffic Violations Attorney
You are not obligated to pay the fine for a traffic ticket or accept the consequences without first having an opportunity to plead your case in court. Paying the ticket is basically an admission of guilt. Instead, call a speeding ticket lawyer in Austin, TX who can help you fight your ticket in, or sometimes out of court. There are many benefits to getting an attorney.
- Save money. Yes, you can actually save money by hiring a lawyer to fight your ticket. If your lawyer can get the charge dropped, you will avoid paying any fines.
- Keep your license clear. Traffic violations accrue points against your driver’s license (or on your driving record as it is sometimes referred). Too many points can eventually lead to license suspension. The more severe the violation, the more points will be added. Points eventually fall off after a certain amount of time with no further violations, or you can voluntarily attend driving school to remove points sooner, but it is still in your best interest to accumulate as few points as possible.
- Keep your insurance rates low. Those points against your driver’s license directly correlate to the cost of your insurance. Some insurance companies offer accident forgiveness plans that claim your rate won’t increase because of an accident. But be careful, your rate will most likely increase at the time you add that extra coverage.
- Avoid severe consequences. If you commit a major traffic violation, your consequences could be more severe, such as higher fines and even jail time. A traffic lawyer could help you avoid or lessen these consequences.
Get the Help You Need From an Experienced Speeding Ticket Lawyer in Austin, TX
Jason Katims, central Texas attorney at law, is a licensed, experienced lawyer. If you’ve received a ticket for a traffic violation, Jason wants to help. Whatever the violation, from a minor traffic ticket to reckless driving, your situation would be best handled by trusted legal counsel.
Don’t wait, call Jason Katims 512-900-9769 immediately following your traffic violation when the details are still fresh in your mind. Those details could be crucial to your case.
About Jason Katims, Attorney at Law
Born and raised in Texas, Jason Katims is committed to personal freedom.
In 2018, he was recognized by the American Institute of Legal Advocates as a Rising Star in the field of Criminal Law, and by the Association of American Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40. In 2017, the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized him as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Texas.
Traffic Violations FAQ
What if I just pay the ticket?
Paying a ticket means that you are pleading guilty and taking a conviction! Sometimes this can carry with it a license suspension, insurance penalties, and other hidden consequences a prosecutor is not really even legally allowed to advise you about.
“My philosophy is: if they’re only offering you a conviction, why wouldn’t you take the case to trial?” – Jason Katims
How much is a traffic ticket in Austin, TX?
Speeding tickets in Austin equate to $10 per mile over the speed limit plus court costs. For speeds over 94 mph, the fine is 199.90. Speeding in a school zone equates to $20 per mile over the speed limit, or if you were going more than 10 mph over the speed limit it’s $199.90. Unsafe speed or failure to control speed is also $199.90. For each ticket, court costs are added in the amount of $107.10.
How much is a parking ticket in Austin, TX?
Parking ticket fines range from $20 for minor violations such as parking at an expired meter to $300 for parking in a handicapped space or zone illegally. You can sometimes reduce your fine by up to half off if you pay it in full by the early payment date – but you might not want to do that.
How do I find out if I have any outstanding tickets?
You can check on the status of a ticket as well as inquire about any unpaid parking tickets on your record at austintexas.gov.
How do I contest a traffic ticket and win?
It is possible to contest a traffic ticket by showing up in court on or before the appearance date on the ticket. If you want a better chance of having your ticket dismissed, you will need an experienced traffic attorney like Jason Katims to represent you.
Can you get a speeding ticket reduced?
A speeding ticket fine can be reduced (or possibly dismissed) with the help of an experienced local traffic attorney. Having your ticket reduced or dismissed can not only save you money on the ticket fine itself, but it can eliminate or reduce the convictions on your license that can lead to higher insurance rates. Hiring a traffic attorney like Jason Katims to help with a speeding ticket is definitely worth it.
How long do tickets stay on your record in Texas?
Points that are assigned to your license as a result of a traffic ticket will remain on your record for 3 years from the date of the violation. You receive anywhere from 2-3 points for a traffic conviction.
Do you have more questions? Call Jason Katims today at 512-900-9769.