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Criminal Defense Against Traffic Violations

Explore the benefits of hiring an experienced Long Island traffic lawyer

Some people never consider hiring an attorney to fight a traffic violation. They consider the matter so trivial that the costs of hiring an attorney far outweigh any conceivable benefit. This, however, is often not the case. Never pay a speeding ticket or any other traffic violation before consulting an experienced traffic lawyer in your jurisdiction. If you or a loved one faces a traffic violation in Nassau County, contact Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC today.

Why should I consider hiring a Long Island traffic lawyer?

Paying a traffic ticket usually seems like the simplest course of action. But always remember that paying a ticket equates to pleading guilty to that offense, and leads to a mark against your license and possibly also on your criminal record. It may lead to higher insurance premiums and, potentially, the loss of your license. Pleading guilty to the wrong ticket at the wrong time can have catastrophic consequences.

It is almost always worthwhile to have a free consultation with a traffic lawyer if you are facing a traffic violation such as:

  • Speeding
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Hit and run
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Aggressive driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Disobeying a traffic signal

Due to the current state of the economy, many states and municipalities have sharply raised their traffic violation fines and added surcharges for repeat offenders in recent years.

What exactly can a traffic lawyer do?

Traffic lawyers do not care if their clients are guilty or innocent. Nine out of 10 people stopped for speeding, for example, may be guilty of the crime of which they are accused (although the clocked speed may be incorrect). Sometimes a traffic ticket is defective on its face – an experienced lawyer can spot a defect and sometimes get a dismissal.

An experienced traffic lawyer will ask who ticketed you, and in what jurisdiction. They will then determine the court where your case will be tried. That is the point where the real benefits of hiring a traffic attorney may kick in, as your lawyer negotiates with the judge and prosecutor in your case. In many cases, your traffic lawyer tries to:

  • Bargain a dismissal of your moving violation(s) in exchange for guilty pleas on nonmoving violations
  • Work for a dismissal if the officer in your case fails to appear as a complaining witness
  • Work towards a dismissal of charges after a probationary period

Find out if a Long Island traffic lawyer can help

At Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, we understand the ins and outs of Nassau County criminal and traffic courts, including those in the smaller villages, and may be able to help your case in ways you cannot imagine. Contact us today online or at 516-294-0300 to schedule a consultation.


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