2 citations unable to pay. What are my options?

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2 citations unable to pay. What are my options?

I recently was stopped by the police
while driving through Murphy, Tx. I
receiced 2 tickets one for speeding in
a school zone, and one for posession
of drug paraphernelia. From the looks
of things, its going to be about 1000
total. I’m currently unemployed and
don’t have very much money. Will I be
able to do community service or
something else, or am I screwed?
Please help

Asked on September 8, 2016 under General Practice, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Most of what you can do depends on the policies in your jurisdiction.  Most will offer payment plans.  If you cannot afford to even do payments, you may have to  simply sit the fines out in a county jail or do community service.  Some jurisdictions will let you set out fines on the weekends so that you can continue to work (or look for work) during the week.  Basially... it depends on what is available in your jurisdiction.  A $1000 in fees and fines can be daunting.  Usually, hiring a regular attorney is not very cost effective.  Instead of a general practice attorney, consider consulting with a ticket attorney.  Their fees can be substantially less than $1000.00.  They can also try to get you a plea bargain where in you plea guilty to one, the state will dismiss the second ticket.  This will cut your exposure in half.  The other advantage of the ticket attorney is that they will be familiar with the programs available in your area, thereby getting you quicker access to community service options. 


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