If you receive a traffic ticket or you are arrested for DUI, the immediate impact might be a loss of your liberty, substantial fines and/or costs, and loss of your driving privileges. If the driving offense is serious, you might face even more serious consequences following a misdemeanor or felony conviction. While a ticket for exceeding the speed limit by less than ten miles over the speed limit might not merit hiring a criminal defense lawyer, serious traffic offenses like reckless driving, DUI, driving on a suspended license, and other serious motor vehicle offenses can result in serious criminal penalties that impact your life for years. Even if you are just charged with speeding, you should seek legal advice because you might need representation depending on your situation, such as if you drive for a living.
Why You Need an Inland Empire / Los Angeles Traffic Violation Defense Lawyer
If you receive a traffic ticket, your individual situation and the nature of the offense will dictate whether you need legal representation. If you have a commercial driver’s license, a significant number of points against your driving record, or a career involving driving, any type of traffic conviction could jeopardize your driving privileges or ability to keep your job. As a Southern California Motor Vehicle Offense Lawyer, I can meet with you and help you analyze whether you need to retain counsel.
If you have a clean driving record, receive a ticket for traveling less than ten mph over the speed limit, and do not need to drive for work, for example, these circumstances might not merit full legal representation. By contrast, the holder of a commercial driver’s license or a motorist facing misdemeanor or felony charge might want a criminal defense lawyer to avoid jail time, a criminal record, and other adverse consequences of a conviction. The Law Office of Danny Saleh limits its practice to criminal defense, so we can evaluate your case and determine whether your situation justifies retaining a private attorney. Serious traffic offenses for which we provide effectively and tenacious defense include:
- Driving without a valid license
- Hit and run causing property damage, injury, or death
- Possession of alcohol in a vehicle by a minor
- Failure to stop for a police officer and submit to a law enforcement safety inspection
- Driving on a revoked or suspended driver’s license
- Open container in a vehicle
- Failure to use a required ignition interlock device (IID)
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)
- Traveling the wrong direction on a divided highway
- Attempting to throw an object at another vehicle or vehicle occupant on a public roadway
- Reckless driving causing property damage or bodily injury
- Participating in street racing that causes an accident
Candid Evaluation of Your Needs & Tenacious Defense of Your Rights
These are just a few example of motor vehicle offenses that do not constitute mere “infractions.” An infraction does not expose an individual to incarceration or the risk of probation. Rather, the penalty imposed for an infraction is a fine up to $250. Misdemeanor or felony driving offenses can result in a criminal record, incarceration in county jail or state prison, more substantial fines, probation, required classes/counseling, loss of driving privileges, and other forms of punishment.
If you have received a citation or been arrested for a traffic-related offense in the Inland Empire / Los Angeles or surrounding areas of Southern California, Pomona traffic violation defense attorney Danny Saleh offers a free consultation, so he can evaluate your situation and discuss your alternatives. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.