should i get an attorney for a traffic citation ?

i was ticketed for failure to stop at a stop sign.i did stop, but i
believe i may have stopped short of the sign.the arresting officer was
coming around a corner at the time i was pulling away and i believe he
was not able to see me at the time.

Asked on February 1, 2019 under General Practice, Vermont

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Obviously, as an attorney, I'd like to say that you should always get an attorney, but if you have an otherwise clean or good driving record, you probably don't need one in this case. With a good record and this type of offense, while it is unlikely that the matter will be dismissed entirely, there is a very good chance that the prosecutor will, the day of trial, let you pled to a lesser offense (fewer or not points) and/or recommend a smaller fine or penalty. A lawyer probably cannot, for something as simple and basic as  this, do much more for you than you could do for yourself by speaking directly to the prosecutor, so you may as well save your money for the fines and court costs, rather than spending it on an attorney.


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