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Do I need to hire an attorney for my traffic violation?

Most people assume that a traffic violation is something they can handle on their own. Given the fact that the general public often views traffic violations as minor offenses, they do not get a lot of attention and certainly are not the first type of violation you may think of hiring an attorney to handle.

However, depending on the unique circumstances of your traffic violation, an attorney may be an essential component in helping you avoid serious and costly consequences you may not be aware of. Consider the following information as you decide whether or not you need an attorney to assist you with your traffic violation.

Points on your license can lead to suspended driving privileges

In New York, a driver point system determines how the state regulates your driving privileges. Traffic offenses can cause you to accumulate points on your license under this system, and this can impact your driving privileges. Based on the specific traffic violation, you may face an accumulation that can cause the state to suspend your license. Having an attorney defend you in court can help you approach the traffic violation and points system with a specific defense strategy.

An attorney will protect your best interests in the situation

Having an advocate on your side even for a seemingly minor traffic violation is an important step in protecting your best interests and ensuring you get fair treatment under the law. An attorney can ensure that the process does not infringe upon your rights. In addition, an attorney is able to help you evaluate the possible consequences of your traffic violation and make decisions that help you move forward effectively.

While not all traffic violations necessarily require the assistance of an attorney, there are benefits in hiring an attorney to handle certain types, especially when driving privileges are at stake. Before you dismiss the idea, consider your particular case in light of this information.

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James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.

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