Have you incurred a traffic violation? We can help reduce the fines and help you avoid costly time and money spent in our legal system or even avoids jail time. Regardless of offense, we can help you. We have 20 years of experience assisting clients with DUI/DWAI, moving violations, and even troubling parking tickets.
The most frequently asked question that we receive is whether we accept payments. And yes, we do. We require at least half of the fee down and can accept payments on the other half. We also accept credit cards.
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I Need an Attorney?
The main question to ask is whether you need an attorney for a simple traffic offense (meaning an offense that does not involve a DUI, DWAI, Driving Under Revocation or Suspension, or Leaving the Scene of an Accident). The simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer involves asking yourself the question of “What am I willing to undergo, suffer, and tolerate in order to save the money an attorney would charge me? And how much time am I willing to spend dealing with this issue?” Then follow up that question with “Am I willing to accept the consequences of representing myself and possibly causing harm to my driving record; paying higher fines; increasing my insurance premiums; etc.?”
Can an Attorney appear in Court in my place?
Most courts allow the attorney to appear in place of the person charged with a minor traffic offense. The Cabral Law Firm has successfully appeared in place of their clients on hundreds of occasions in numerous jurisdictions throughout Colorado.
Many times clients do not have the time to wait in court for several hours. Many clients do not like the way they are treated by overworked and constantly busy court clerks. But the most often heard reason for many clients is simply that they are intimidated by the process, intimidated by the confusion a courtroom and courtroom procedures can have, and are afraid of causing harm to their licenses or impacting their insurance premiums. Many persons as well don’t want to deal with traffic, parking, confusing instructions as to which courtroom they are in.
The Cabral Law Firm is very familiar with most court procedures and court clerks. As such, many times preference is given to attorneys and their clients, thus eliminating the wait time to resolve a traffic matter. Although a person appearing without an attorney may be able to obtain the exact same plea bargain as a person represented by an attorney would get, there is no way to know such without an attorney and many times the attorneys know how to get a better plea bargain based on the jurisdiction, the prosecuting attorney, and the judge. This valuable information could save hundreds of dollars in fines and costs in addition in numbers of points against a client’s license. Not to mention that all of this happens while the client is at work, home, vacation, golf course, or the like.
Let us worry about the traffic, parking, court clerks, courtrooms, prosecutors, and judges while you rest easy with the knowledge that you are getting the best deal possible…without ever having to even see the courthouse.
How do I pay the fines and costs of court if I don’t appear in court?
While your fines are NOT included in the attorney fees charged, the Cabral Law Firm has the standard practicing policy of requesting at least 7 days (if not more) after the plea of guilty to pay the fines and costs. This is for all parties benefit as it allows us to get the information to our client and allows our client the ability to pay at their convenience.
Many jurisdictions allow fines and costs to be paid via the internet and visiting the Colorado Judicial Web Site. Other jurisdictions have their own website or will take credit card payments by phone. If the jurisdiction only allows payment by mail, we make sure our clients have the correct address and paperwork for mailing in the payments.
In some cases, the courts do not allow extra time to pay the fees but will allow a payment plan for an additional $25. Because most traffic fines and costs are less than $300 (if they are over $100), we recommend NOT making a payment plan and instead anticipate such issues and give sufficient notice to our clients.
How much does the Cabral Law Firm charge for simple traffic cases?
We charge a flat $500.00 for a simple traffic offense (meaning an offense that does not involve a DUI, DWAI, Driving Under Revocation or Suspension, or Leaving the Scene of an Accident).
All that we need from you is the attorney fees and either (1) a copy of the ticket or (2) the case number.
What are the legal requirements that allow an attorney to appear for a client in traffic cases?
Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 10(a) and (b); Rule 29(f) and Colorado Rules of County Court Procedure Rule 4.1(f) allow an attorney to appear for a client in traffic matters and petty offenses. The attorney must acknowledge that he has advised his client of the right to go to trial and has advised his client of the possible penalties. The attorney must also have the authority to enter into the plea for the client.
Once a person has the points listed below on their driving record, the DMV can suspend their license from 0-12 months, with the exception of the Minor Driver’s License. If a minor obtains more points than allowed for the entire period of their license, their license will be suspended for the entire period.
AGE GROUP 12 Month 24 Month Entire Period of License
(Minor) 16-17yrs old 6 Points 7 Points
(Minor) 18-20 yrs old 9 Points 12 Points 14 Points
(Adult) 21+ yrs old 12 Points 18 Points