My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. – Steve Jobs
These are prophetic words considering that Jobs was arguably one of modern America’s most prolific innovators who died at the relatively young age of 55. Yet in that somewhat short lifetime, as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple, Inc.; co-founder and CEO of Pixar; and founder and CEO of NeXT, Inc., he managed to change the way Americans think about and use technology. Some of the most commonplace electronic items that we use every day to communicate and transact business would never have come into existence had it not first been conceived in the mind of Jobs, or tweaked by him to become a better product.
No matter your station in life, no matter your goals, we all have daily lives that need to be managed. Even though time can be construed as an ethereal concept, it is that by which humans operate. When we sleep, when we eat, when we play, and when we buckle down and get to work are all dictated by time. Consequently, most of us don’t have the luxury of wiling away the hours of our day with reckless abandon. In fact, for many of us, time is at a premium so wasting it in an effort to navigate the tremendous traffic that is often found on South Florida roadways can be a frustrating experience.
It is that frustration that often leads to the volumes of traffic tickets, most often speeding tickets, that are issued here. You get in the car and just want to get to that business luncheon or make your 8 a.m. meeting, but a sea of bumpers and brake lights sits between you and your appointment. Weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, or lean on the gas pedal a bit too much seems all too tempting. The problem is those pesky cops and their radar guns. One minute you are making good time and think that you might even have time to grab a cup of coffee, and the next minute you are seeing spots before your eyes as a result of the flashing lights on the police car that’s behind you. Considering that it looks like he is riding on your bumper, there’s no doubt that you are who he is after. There goes your meeting, and there goes your quick cup of joe. This is not going to be quick. The traffic stop is just the beginning of the time that you will have to expend upon this speeding ticket process, especially if you choose to fight your traffic citation in court. Many people don’t realize the time and effort that this process consumes. When you go to court there is a lot of standing around, sitting around, and just generally waiting. In fact, you will probably have to come back another day to have your day in court. Those who work within the court system are just like the cop, simply filling their day without regard to your needs to fulfill yours.
Just like you would hire a dentist if your tooth hurt, you should hire a traffic ticket lawyer to fight your ticket. If you decide to go to Court yourself in lieu of a hiring a traffic attorney, once you do appear in court, you should request that your speeding ticket be dismissed or at least reduced. Going into court prepared and sounding like you know what you are talking about by doing your homework may work in your favor here. You should, however, keep in mind that there are other considerations such as your attitude or your appearance. If you show up and are not dressed decently or you have a chip on your shoulder, the judge or hearing officer is probably going to feel that you don’t respect the court or the system and deny your request. In addition to the great deal of time that hiring a traffic ticket attorney can save you, there is the very real likelihood that it will save you a lot of money in the long run if you can avoid the fines and penalties associated with getting a speeding citation. Remember that the process of fighting a traffic ticket can be extensive and costly. If you are considering doing so, which you certainly should, be sure to consider all of your options before enter into the endeavor.
Call the Traffic Ticket Team at 954-967-9888 for a free consultation. We will be happy to discuss all of the alternatives that may be available to you.