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Traffic Ticket Attorney San Antonio
Have you Received a Traffic Ticket?
Although your first instinct may be to brush it off or simply pay the fine, you would be better advised to seek out the counsel and advice of a traffic ticket attorney first.
Even minor traffic infractions can have a significant impact on your life. From higher insurance premiums to permanent marks on your record that can impact future employment, you need to have your situation professionally evaluated before taking the next step.
Traffic Ticket Convictions Can Lead to Serious Consequences Including but Not Limited to:
- Suspension of driver’s license
- Increased insurance premiums
- Inability to renew drivers license
- Surcharges and fees
- Mandatory classes
- Impacting ability to get hired in certain roles involving transportation
- And more…
If you’ve received a ticket, contact our law firm today and get connected with a talented traffic ticket lawyer in San Antonio that knows the ins and out of local laws and practice. Initial consultations are always free.
*DON’T DELAY* – If you’ve received a traffic ticket you’re now on the clock and time is running out.
Did You Realize That Paying your Ticket is an Automatic Conviction?
Does dealing with traffic court seem like it’s not worth the trouble? Don’t let this false assumption put your rights in jeopardy. In San Antonio, payment of a ticket is considered an automatic plea of guilty, resulting in an automatic conviction.
Taking No Action Can Result in a Warrant for your Arrest
All tickets issued in San Antonio have what is simply referred to as an “appearance date” printed or written on them. The “appearance date” denotes the day and time that you (or your attorney) must appear before the court.
When a ticket is issued, the police officer will ask you to sign it. This signature is NOT an admission of guilt. It is a guarantee by you that you will show up in court on or before the appearance date.
If cited in San Antonio, your appearance will likely be at:
San Antonio Municipal Court
401 S. Frio
San Antonio, TX 78207-4432
However, due to COVID, contactless methods of appearing may be available and resolved by the following (subject to change):
- Call 210.207.8970 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact-free on-premise court kiosks at 401 S. Frio St. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
- Virtual Court Dockets(set by the court)
- Online to request defensive driving, probation or make a payment.
What if You Miss Your Appearance Date?
It can happen to anyone. You have a lot on your mind. You get busy, or perhaps you simply procrastinate. Before you know it, the “appearance date” has come and gone.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Failure to appear on or before the date on the ticket will result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.
This is a scenario that should be avoided at all costs. It can lead to your arrest, and being placed in a San Antonio jail for up to a week or longer. What if you can’t afford bail? You might end up losing your job or failing to live up to other obligations while incarcerated.
Additionally, the court can request that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) deny renewal of your drivers license.
What if I Have a Warrant for a Ticket?
It won’t simply go away on its own. At some point, you’ll have to face the music. The sooner you retain a traffic ticket lawyer to represent you the sooner you can put this in the rearview and move on with your life. Our talented defense attorneys are highly capable and experienced, ready to help you achieve a favorable outcome.
Potential Routes of Resolution
Plea of Not Guilty – An entry of “not guilty” will result in the case being scheduled to proceed at a future date, either as a jury or non-jury trial. Pleading “not guilty” means that your traffic ticket attorney can build a case, subpoena witnesses, and argue your case.
Compliance Dismissals – In some cases, simply providing proof of compliance and payment with regards to certain types of vehicle equipment/registration or drivers license offenses is all that’s needed to get a ticket dismissed.
San Antonio Traffic Ticket Laws
Traffic tickets and citations are issued by San Antonio law enforcement under theories of law detailed in the Texas Transpiration Code, otherwise known to the public as the “Rules of the Road”. For example, failure to use a turn signal with changing lanes.
A traffic citation is an accusation that you have violated the Rules of the Road. It does not, however, indicate that you are guilty, and as such, you may contest this ticket in court.
Your traffic ticket defense lawyer from Manuel Diaz Law Firm, PC will work with you to find the optimal legal strategy for your case, offering counsel and advice on the San Antonio court system, judges and district attorneys.
Traffic Ticket Defense
No one should attempt to defend a ticket on their own. Although certainly within your legal rights to do so, lack of knowledge surrounding procedure, process and more can put you at a serious disadvantage.
Let a traffic ticket attorney from our firm handle your ticket efficiently and reliably. We can quickly resolve traffic ticket cases, warrants and more in both county (justice of the peace) and city (municipal) courtrooms.
Call today and let our talented lawyers help you achieve a fair resolution to your ticket or warrant. The initial consultation is free.
Potential Consequences if Found Guilty
Those found guilty face the possibility of several types of penalties depending on the laws broken, where they were broken at, and other factors. For example, speeding in a construction zone often caries with it much steeper fines.
Examples of Potential Penalties if Found Guilty:
- Fines and fees
- Points on your driving record
- Court costs
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Surcharges for a period of up to 3 years
- Conviction on your driving record
Common Traffic Violations in San Antonio
- Improper lane usage (i.e. without the use of a signal)
- Failure to adhere to the posted speed limit
- Following too close for road/weather conditions
- Driving without a license
- Reckless driving
- Driving without insurance
- Expired plates
- Failure to display ID
- Failure to yield right away
- Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign
- And more…
Driver License Suspension Hearing (DLSH)
In some cases, you may receive a notice regarding an upcoming suspension of your license. This notice will come from the Texas Department of Transportation.
What Kind of Situations Would Warrant Such a Notice?
- Past traffic citations or ticket convictions
- Driving without a license at the time of the alleged violation
- Driving without insurance
- Driving on a public roadway while your license was invalid, suspended or revoked
- And more
Let our ticket defense attorneys handle any notification you get from the Department of Transportation. We can contest the suspension by requesting a driver’s license suspension hearing (DLSH).
DON’T DELAY – TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
In Texas, you have a mere 20 days from the date listed on the notice (not the postmark) to request a DLSH hearing. Failure to request a DLSH hearing within this timeframe will result in the automatic suspension of your drivers license.
Why Hire a Top-Rated Traffic Ticket Attorney From Manuel Diaz Law Firm ?
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Results Driven Traffic Ticket Attorney: Traffic Ticket Defense
Exceptional service and results-oriented representation are core tenants of Manual Diaz Law Firm, PC. Hire our firm and put decades of legal expertise to work for you.
We’ll work hard to resolve your tickets in the most favorable way possible, and do everything we can to make sure the offense doesn’t end up on your permanent driving record.
Call or message us today to set up a free initial consultation and to learn more about why so many San Antonio, TX drivers trust us to represent them in and out of court.