Delaware Traffic Ticket Lawyers
The first state to join the union, Delaware is home to an incredibly rich history and diverse landscape. It’s also home to very strict traffic penalties, and those who are unfortunate enough to get traffic violation tickets will need to take the necessary action to settle their fines or to challenge them outright. Fighting traffic tickets in Delaware isn’t always easy, and if you feel like you’ve been given a ticket that you don’t deserve you’ll probably need to rely on lawyers for overcoming the penalties. The only other option is to pay the ticket and face the fines. It it a wise move to enlist the help of an experienced Delaware traffic ticket lawyer.
Range of Basic Traffic Law Areas
Before you find an attorney to help you, you’ll want to take a second to learn just a bit more about basic Delaware traffic ticket laws. Traffic laws in the state are similar to those anywhere else in the country. Tickets can be written for a wide range of things including:
- Running a stop sign or traffic light
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Driving on a suspended
- Driving while revoked
- Careless driving
Serious Fines and Penalties
Of these, DUI charges are certainly the most serious, but all of these mistakes can lead to fines and other penalties. Fines vary depending on the offense and any history of offenses. For instance, red light violations cost $112.50, but late payments will add to the fine. First offenses of DUIs will begin at $230 and reach over 1,000 dollars. Subsequent offenses can reach as much as $2,300 in some cases.
Fighting the Ticket
When you’re given a Delaware traffic ticket, you have two options – pay the ticket or fight it in court. To pay a ticket voluntarily, you will essentially plead guilty to the crime. You will need to pay by either phone, fax, in person, or online through a simple system. In most cases these fines are low and you won’t be assessed extra points on your license if you meet basic requirements like speeding within a short threshold over the limit.
To fight the charges, you will have to physically visit the courthouse in the county you received your ticket in and defend yourself against the charges. This involves entering a not guilty plea before the judge and then proving that you are innocent of the charges. If you’re found not guilty, you will be free to go without penalty. However, in most cases those found guilty will have heavier financial costs when they go through a trial program – largely due to court costs.
Defending yourself against a traffic ticket can be tricky and almost impossible in some cases. That’s why most who decide to do so opt to hire a lawyer for their defense. In some cases attorney’s fees can exceed the actual fines, but in certain instances it is still worth considering a not guilty plea – particularly if the charges are more severe or will negatively impact your ability to drive. An attorney will be able to help fight for you and will understand the laws in a way that the average person simply can’t. If you’re given a traffic ticket, you have options. Choosing the right path is important, and well worth thinking about.
Hiring an Attorney
I am attorney John R. Garey, and I have helped many clients fight traffic tickets. Why? If you pay the fine without challenging the charges, Delaware sees it as an admission of guilt.
It is always a good idea to meet with an experienced traffic violations lawyer to discuss the charges. If this is a second or third traffic violation, I can represent you in court, so that your rights are protected, and you do not need to take time off work.
* Foreign language interpreters are available
* Free initial consultation about your traffic violations defense case
To schedule a free initial consultation in the Dover law offices of John R. Garey, P.A., contact me. Before going into private practice in 2003, I served as a prosecutor in Kent County, Delaware. I know the court system, and understand how to find weaknesses in the State’s case.
Call me at 302-744-9290 for fair, cost-effective traffic violations defense.
Get seasoned representation on your side
I defend against the following types of traffic violations, including:
- Driving without a license or driving after suspension
- Driving without insurance
- Seat belt violations
- Running a red light
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Failure to obey the command of a police officer
Many clients do not know that traffic violations transfer from one state to another. If charges are serious, for example, you could lose your driver’s license in your home state.
If you are from out of state, and are ticketed in Delaware, I will try to get the charges reduced, and will represent you in court, so that you don’t have to attend in person.
Many people do not realize that if you are involved in an accident, it is not wise to sign off on the ticket. You would be considered guilty, and might be held responsible for negligence in the future.
If you are stopped by a police officer and ticketed or arrested for DUI, contact my Dover, Delaware office for a free initial consultation. Or call 302-744-9290.