Know Your Rights When Issued A Traffic Ticket

Many people believe that once they are issued a traffic citation there is not much else to do but plead guilty and pay the fine. It is important to know that there are ramifications to pleading guilty to a traffic ticket and doing so without consulting an experienced attorney is rarely in your best interest. Not only will the traffic citation reflect on your driving record but it will also have a negative impact on your automobile insurance rates.

Question: Why fight a traffic ticket?

Answer: Even though most traffic tickets are misdemeanors, they are still a crime. Traffic tickets for speeding, reckless driving or even just rolling through a stop sign can negatively affect your record, your ability to get certain jobs and your insurance rates. If you are commercial truck driver, successfully defending a traffic ticket can mean the difference between keeping your job and your license and losing them.

Question: What can an attorney do for me that I can't do for myself?

Answer: A qualified attorney knows the law and is familiar with the way the court system operates. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Ossie Brown understands the legal process, what is at stake and the legal landscape of the local courthouse. Many times, enlisting the help of a qualified attorney for even seemingly "small infractions" can save you valuable time, inconvenience, stress and even possibly your job (if you drive commercially).

Question: Should I show up for my court date even when the evidence is stacked against me?

Answer: If you enlist the services of a skilled attorney like those at The Law Offices of Ossie Brown, you can be spared valuable time and the inconvenience of court appearances as a result of your violation. Your attorneys at The Law Offices of Ossie Brown will appear in court for you and are often able to successfully resolve the matter on your behalf without you ever appearing in person.

Question: When should I plead guilty?

Answer: Almost never. There may however be certain instances when the best option is a guilty plea as part of a plea bargain that our attorneys negotiate to benefit you best. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Ossie Brown can help you understand the law, your rights and the best strategy to use to obtain a favorable result in your particular situation.

Question: What if I drive commercially for a living and have a commercial driver's license?

Answer: The attorneys at The Law Offices of Ossie Brown understand the importance of maintaining a good driving record when driving commercially for a living. We also recognize the inconvenience a court date can mean to an out of state commercial driver who is ticketed while traveling through our area. At The Law Offices of Ossie Brown our lawyers can make all necessary court appearances on your behalf so you can be spared the inconvenience of returning for any court appearances.

Protect Your Record

A clean driving record is the best option for you for your employment, your insurance rates and your future interactions with Louisiana law enforcement.

Get the legal help and the answers you need from an experienced attorney. You should always speak with a lawyer, especially in cases where alcohol or other substances are involved or suspected. Call The Law Offices of Ossie Brown in Baton Rouge at 225-343-1111 or send us an email. Our attorneys will thoroughly explain the legal process, help you understand what is at stake and counsel you as to the best way to achieve a favorable outcome for your situation.