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Barry D. Kowitt is one of the founding partners at Unger & Kowitt, where they have helped over 500,000 people fight back. 

In this blog, he shares with you his views on the traffic ticket system, as well as providing traffic ticket solutions that really work, no gimmicks. Hint: saying "my car doesn't go that fast" isn't going to cut it.

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How much does a traffic lawyer cost?

 

how much do traffic lawyers costThe question of how much does a traffic lawyer cost is one we get asked all the time.  No doubt, it's a legitimate question.  And with just a few quick facts, you can get an answer from almost any attorney that handles traffic tickets

How old is the ticket?  What's it for?  What county is it in?  These are likely to be the you will be asked by the attorney you contact, because these questions basically allow for a calculation of the amount of work that's involved. 

But when you are asking the questions of the attorney, should price be one of the first questions you ask?  Hardly, in fact, it should be the last.  Here's why.

To ask a question about price, you are assuming that traffic attorneys are like Diet Coke (tastes the same no matter what pay for it).  Diet Coke happens to be a commodity.  You are wise to shop around for the lowest price, because regardless of what you pay for it, it is pretty much going to look, taste and quench your thirst exactly the same.  The only difference when you consume Diet Coke, happens to be what you pay for it. 

     

Traffic lawyers are not  Diet Coke.  They come in all shapes and sizes (literally and figuratively).

What I mean by that, is some traffic lawyers are small one man/woman operations, and are usually cheaper because they have less overhead, but must rely on outside assistance for help.  When they do that, you should have a right to know.  How confident can you be that the person being called on to assist the attorney is really putting forth the proper effort?  How many other attorneys is this outside help working for? If it's more than one, why not just find out who, so you can call them up and shop around.  Better yet, why not just hire them directly.  Cut out the middle man. 

More importantly, if this attorney who is helping out, is being hired by multiple traffic attorneys, what's the real incentive for them to do a good job on your case?  If they screw up, it's no skin off their back, as the attorney who hired them will lose the client who will hire another traffic attorney the next time who will only go and hire that same person to handle the case.  You see how this only ends up hurting the client, who, in many cases, has no idea who is actually fighting on their behalf in court?  Many times, the results obtained by these attorneys is not as good because they have no incentive to "go the extra mile" and try for a better result.

Conversely, some firms are not one man/woman operations and appear to charge more.  These firms have dedicated traffic lawyers, who do nothing but fight traffic tickets all day for one firm and have a vested interest in the outcome.  Many of them have been with the same traffic ticket law firm for many, many years and would personally stand to lose their jobs if the results were not consistently very good over time.  Who would you rather hire?  For me, personally, I always prefer someone who has their own "skin in the game," as the saying goes. 

It's important that you not be penny wise and pound foolish.  Do not hire an attorney to save $10-$20 if doing so could be the difference between hundreds or thousands of dollars in higher court costs or higher insurance increases.  It's the old "price vs. cost" argument.  Sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

Don't be afraid to ask these questions before you ask how much the traffic lawyer is going to cost.  Because if you don't get a good answer to the first question, the next one becomes irrelevant.

                                     


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Hello, i have this traffic ticket i've been going to court for since 2011, its for speeding.40mph doing 70
Posted @ Sunday, September 30, 2012 7:07 PM by Quinn Phillips
Hi Quinn and thanks for posting on our blog. I'm sorry you've been dealing with your ticket since 2011. As you can now see, tickets can drag on and paying a one time fee to a lawyer can save you lots of time. Especially when you have a speeding ticket for 30 over, which is a mandatory court appearance if you don't hire a lawyer. Would you like to hire me on this so you can stop wasting time going to court?
Posted @ Sunday, September 30, 2012 7:55 PM by Barry Kowitt
How much does a lawyer cost to handle a driving on a suspended license charge? thanks
Posted @ Friday, October 26, 2012 6:13 PM by mike hudson
hello, i have a speeding ticket going 86 on a 65. How much would it cost me to hire a lawyer with experience as your self?
Posted @ Friday, November 09, 2012 8:16 PM by Martin Sanchez Jr.
Martin, 
Thanks for coming to our Blog. To answer your question, I would need to know the county your ticket is from. If it's Dade, Broward or Palm Beach, the fee is only $79.00. If not, it's slightly higher. Call my office at 800-489-4125 and they will be happy to tell you. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Sunday, November 11, 2012 6:11 PM by Barry Kowitt
I my name is christian i just earned myself my first texing ticket and would like to know any tips to fight it. 
so far i have my phone bill proving i was not texing or reading but i would like to know if their was anything elses. Here is what i have: I am in california, my ticket cost is 177, i can go to traffic school as a plan B if i do not get it dismissed, i have also extended my court date visit.
Posted @ Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:08 PM by Christian
Christian, 
 
Thanks for the questions and sorry to hear about your ticket. Unfortunately, we don't have a texting law in Florida, so I cannot offer you advice on how I would fight it if it were in FL. Additionally, I am not licensed to practice in CA, but I will pass along your information to an attorney in CA that might be able to assist you. 
 
Good Luck. 
 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Friday, December 28, 2012 8:48 AM by Barry Kowitt
I bought a new motorcycle in 2010 and racked up several tickets ranging from speeding to driving while my license was suspended. They now amount to around $4k as i have paid a couple of them (driving with license suspended). My question is is hiring an attorney the best route for me or should i just pay them myself? and if so who in Orlando florida would be a good and i mean GOOD traffic laweyer?? Thanx!!
Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:30 PM by Adam
Adam, 
 
In order for me to give you the best advice, I would need to research your driving history. To do this, I would need your driver's license number. Don't put it on the web. Call my office and ask to speak to Marie. We charge a nominal fee for researching, but it will be the only way for me to tell you exactly what you should do and whether it's worth it to hire an attorney. You can call us at 800-489-4125. Thanks. Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:39 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hello 
Im from Ontario and I got a ticket for Fail to Yield from stop sign after a crash 
the other vehicle was a valet car, the officer said if I take it to court my witnesses will likely not appear 
what are my options.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:53 PM by Alina
I received a ticket for "Possession of a suspended license" in Arizona. I knew it was suspended but I had no clue it was a criminal offence to have Possession of it.... What should I do?
Posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:22 PM by wes
Hi I was arrested for driving with a suspended license and I wasn't aware that it was suspended I got out same night and took care of it the next day I am going to court tomorrow my question is what do I need to be prepared for court. I chose not to hire an attorney.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 10:11 PM by Nick
I have received three camera tickets within a week of eachother. Two state I am going 56 in a 45 and one states I am going 60 in a 45. It is the same camera everytime, the ticket is in the city of El Mirage in Maricopa County. In all of the pictures I have my sun visor down so you can not see my eyes but my nose and mouth. I would like dispute as it is not me. Should I consult an attorney?
Posted @ Monday, February 18, 2013 9:29 AM by TS
I was caught speeding two days back in Collier County at 106 mph, first time offense. Need attorney help to represent me in the court. It will be great if you can give me an idea about how much will your fee be and what do you think is likely to be the court fine (for speeding)? Thank you
Posted @ Wednesday, March 06, 2013 2:44 PM by Ash
I received a careless driving ticket yesterday. I did hit somebody from behind on I 95 during a traffic jam. I have a good driving record. What would be my cost for defense. This happened in Broward County
Posted @ Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:52 AM by jon
On 3/21/13 at 9:32am coming out of Orlando airport when I was caught speeding 59 mph in 35 mph speed limit. I don't believe I was speeding , since their were other vehicles traveling about the same speed. I was issued a citation for unlawful speed 44mph speed applicable 35mph Fl statue 316.189(11. What is the best advice ? Is it worth fighting? How much would it cost?
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 12:07 PM by Joseph Simplicio
I received a ticket for an unregistered vehicle in New Jersey and when i went to court the judge kept saying driving with a bad license yet my car was parked in front of my home and when i called the insurance company and the dmv they both stated that everything was current in their system if i order a abstract and show that they sent me a registration card before the date of the ticket should i be okay in court?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7:58 AM by Travis
I received a ticket for running a stop sign last week in Broward county where I live. What should I expect to pay a lawyer to take care of this and what results could I expect? I have a clean driving record 
Thanks!
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 8:45 AM by Lloyd
Hello Barry. This is my question. I paid my red light camera violation on the due date of 04/12/13. It was the $158 amount. I paid by phone. Upon confirmation, the automated phone system stated that my payment would post 04/13/13, making it a day late! Now what is going to happen? Is my license going to be suspended? Will they send me a UTC and I just pay a higher amount? I live in Tampa and the violation was in Tampa. By the way, the intersection does not have a photo enforced sign. Thank you.
Posted @ Saturday, April 13, 2013 1:51 PM by David
Hello Berry. I live in Texas. And it has come to my attention that I have a active warrant and tickets in the state of Florida from 2007. This comes as a very unpleasant surprise to me. Because I have never driven in Florida. I have been trying to resolve this online and over the phone but with no success. I'm at a loss to what to do.
Posted @ Monday, May 13, 2013 4:07 PM by Luke Feliu
I got A Speeding Ticket Doing 88 on 70 on my way to Tellahasee Fl. on Mothers day how much will it cost me if you represent me Please. There were many cars on the same lane but the Officers follows me idont know why. 
Thanks
Posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:08 PM by Gbenga
I had lost my license in the 80's and got about 4 DWL but can get them back , how much would a attorney cost for 5 DWLR tickets
Posted @ Monday, July 08, 2013 8:46 PM by Johnson Kelvin
Hi. 
Luke from Texas here. About a year ago I paid off some tickets and went to reinstate my license. found out I could not because of a ticket in Florida from 2007. I have never drove a automobile in the state of Florida.. And my last trip to Florida was in 2004. But come to find I have a active warrant from missing court from this ticket..
Posted @ Wednesday, August 07, 2013 2:15 PM by Luke Feliu
My son received a ticket for "Possession of a suspended license" in Arizona. He knew it was suspended but despite numerous court appearances it was never taken from him. He has even used it as ID when going to court. He had no clue it was a criminal offence to have Possession of it and has not driven since it was suspended. What should he do?
Posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:01 PM by Dawn
For Arizona matters, we recommend you contact this firm in Arizona http://corsorhude.com/. Unfortunately, not being aware something is criminal doesn't excuse the violation.  
 
I would contact the local attorney in AZ and see what he has to say.  
 
Good Luck. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 5:22 PM by Barry Kowitt
I recently received a citation in Atlanta Georgia for following to closely violation code 40-6-49. My car did not hit any car. This is my first ticket i have ever got. I am 22 years old and a full time student in college and i also work. Need some advice, anything would be helpful. Also should i get a attorney?
Posted @ Friday, November 01, 2013 10:31 PM by albert
Albert, 
 
I'm sorry, but I am only licensed to practice in Florida. On our website, under the resources tab is a link for out of state tickets and there is an attorney in GA you may want to contact. I just wouldn't feel comfortable telling you what may happen in GA.  
 
Thanks and good luck. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Saturday, November 02, 2013 9:42 AM by Barry Kowitt
Hello. I have a red light ticket which i was unaware of and due to my living circumstances i did not receive it in the mail. I got pulled over and found out my license was suspended. Within the past 4 years i got pulled over twice with my license suspended unknowingly. I know there is a possibility of me losing my license for 5 years due to the punishment. I plan to reinstate my license before my court date and hope for leniency from the judge. Should i hire a lawyer to help me fight this or just go to court alone.
Posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 10:00 AM by Charles
i have several unpaid traffic tickets from 2008 and 2009. there is a total of 13 tickets. i dont want the points on my license. 12 of them are toll violations and 1 of them is dwls. i was not able to pay them bc of a controlling relationship but now i am looking to get my license back bc i am a single mother of 2. i know i need to hire an attorney but not sure where to start. the tickets are between 2 counties.. hillsborough and pasco. if there is any information that u can provide me with i would greatly appreciate it. thank you.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:29 AM by wendy
Wendy, 
 
The problem with the tickets you mentioned is that they are VERY old. You shouldn't get points for the toll tickets, as they no longer carry points. I would go to the clerk and see what the damage is to clear everything up. If you don't like what the clerk says, feel free to give me a call and I'll see what I can do for you. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 5:29 PM by Barry Kowitt
when i went down to the clerks office they said each ticket will carry 3 points, so if i was to pay the tickets out right.. my license will still be suspended because of too many points accrued. each ticket is about $254 with a total of 13 tickets so that is a lot of money. i previously talked to an attorney last year and he stated that he could most of the tickets dropped and no points but i am not sure if he can actually do that with so many tickets and the tickets also being between 2 counties. thank you
Posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:16 PM by wendy
The only thing I can think of because back in the day, the tickets used to carry points which is why the clerk is saying that. I can't believe your only option would be to pay the tickets (even if you had the money) and rack up all those points which would suspend your license. Then you'd have to get a hardship to drive. Makes no sense. I can try to file a motion for you, but I'm concerned. I don't want to take your money if I can't help you. Call my office and ask to speak to Marie. I'll try to make some preliminary phone calls on your behalf. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:31 AM by Barry Kowitt
Hello, 
 
I received a ticket in Indian River County from a FL State Trooper ten business days ago for 87/70 on the turnpike ($233/4 Points). I am a Michigan resident and therefore cannot be present to fight the ticket, and due to the state to state issues, cannot take a driver's course in either state to drop the points. How much would it cost to have someone from your firm go to court on my behalf? 
 
Rachael
Posted @ Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:22 PM by Rachael Jakubowski
I caught speeding 55 in a 35. I also got citated for dwls in hawaii what will happen? . Please let me know. Thank u for your time. Aloha
Posted @ Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:03 AM by watz
Hello, 
 
I got a speeding ticket in October, 2012. Was caught going 99 in a 65 on a straight away road around midnight with no other cars on the road. The highway patrol lady did not show me the radar on how fast I was actually going. I received notices that I need to appear in court. When I received my first court notice, I called the court & a lady who works with the phone calls said I don't need to appear in court, which was a relief because it is about 3 hours to where I live. I continued to try to reach anyone at the court, called about 15 different time, stayed on hold waiting for someone to pick up for hours at a time. Also sent an email, but no one seems to respond. Checked online for a price, but it says, " contact court". Today I received an order of suspension, which is totally ridiculous cause I would've paid the ticket a long time ago if they would just respond. How should I go about this? Thanks
Posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:18 PM by Dominic
Watz, 
 
I'd love to say I know what's going to happen in Hawaii, but I'm only licensed in Florida. Best bet is to try and find someone locally who can tell you what will happen and how to help you with the DWLS. 
 
Good Luck. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:41 PM by Barry Kowitt
Dominic, 
 
There's a lot going on here. Let me try and give you my best explanation. When you get a ticket for going 30mph over the speed limit, it becomes a separate class of speeding ticket. You no longer have the option of paying it, which is why it said "contact court." It is a "mandatory court appearance" ticket, meaning either you or your attorney MUST appear in court, or they will suspend the license (which you already found out). 
 
What county is this from? Call me and I'll see what I can do for you if you like. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry 
 
800-489-4125
Posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:47 PM by Barry Kowitt
I got a ticket this Wednesday April 23 for non stop on a red light, the light was yellow. I was driving at Plaisant St, Belmont Massachusetts.How much I have to pay to get a lawyer?
Posted @ Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:28 AM by Sadrac
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