Do I need to contact a lawyer to try to fight a traffic ticket before the court date or can it be after as well?

I got a ticket in Texas for no
insurance. The reasons for driving
without insurance is because my had
passed away that day and I needed to get
my Father as well as myself to see her
before they had to take her away. I
purchased insurance that same day and
can provide a death certificate.

Asked on March 3, 2019 under General Practice, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Typically, the first hearing date is to enter a plea: to plead not guilty if you want a trial to "fight" the ticket, or to plead guilty if you get a favorable plea you are willing to take. If you plead not guilty, then they typically schedule the actual trial for a date a few weeks off, giving you a chance to get an attorney. So you can go to court, discuss the matter, see if (unlikely, but possible) they dismiss the matter or they offer to a reasonable plea (which is fairly likely). If they won't dismiss or offer a plea you are wiling to take, you can plead not guilty and retain an attorney.

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