Factors to consider when hiring a traffic attorney
Traffic offences vary depending on how serious the offence is. The offences might be minor, like exceeding the expected speed limit by a few kilometres per hour, driving at a lower speed than expected, having a defective vehicle, driving while under the influence, driving without a licence or even serious offences like driving recklessly and causing serious accidents. However, as it happens, no matter the nature of the traffic offences that you have committed, it is always advised that you have an attorney beside you when you are facing your charges. There is absolutely no need to be helpless when a traffic lawyer may come to your aid and assist you. Notably, when you want to hire a traffic attorney, below are some of the factors that you will have to consider.
Given how extensive the legal profession is, attorneys will specialise in specific areas. When hiring a traffic attorney, make sure you look for one that is specifically proficient in traffic offences. The main reason behind this is that because they are specialised in the area, they have vast knowledge and experience to wriggle you out of the mess that you might be in.
Aside from ascertaining whether they are specialised in traffic offences, also make sure that they are licensed to operate in your municipality. Looking for the educational background of the attorney will also go a great way to assert your confidence.
How much are they charging?
Always conduct a cost-benefit analysis before you can settle on an attorney to represent you. As indicated earlier, traffic offences vary, and sometimes, the statutory punishment for an offence might be a fine. If you were to be fined say AU$500 for an offence were you to be found guilty and the attorney wants to charge you that amount, higher or even slightly lower, it will not be reasonable to work with such an attorney because the whole point of hiring the attorney is to avoid such costs.
How is the attorney's record
A good attorney is not necessarily one who has graduated from a prestigious law school or one who has dealt with a lot of clients, but one who has successfully assisted a lot of clients. Look for an attorney whose previous record speaks for itself. Such an attorney should show evidence that they have assisted clients with similar problems and that such clients are happy and likely to recommend the attorney to another person.