Dealing with a traffic ticket or other Class C misdemeanor is not a pleasant experience for most people. The hassle of going to court, of waiting for the clerk to get to your case, and the negative consequences of a conviction on your driver history—these are all things that most of us want to avoid. But bad tickets happen to good people, so Jeff Brown is here to help you deal with that ticket. First, let’s understand what a ticket is.
What is a ticket vs. another criminal charge?
A ticket is classified as a class C misdemeanor in Texas. In other words, you are being charged with a crime when you get a ticket. Too many people believe that a ticket is not a crime, but it is. Common examples of “ticket” crimes are: speeding, failing to yield the right of way (FTYROW), not wearing a seat belt, failing to maintain financial responsibility (FMFR), public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple assaults.
The difference between “ticket” crimes and other crimes is a question of classification. Theft, domestic violence assault (Assault FV), driving while intoxicated (DWI), unlicensed carrying of a weapon (UCW), possession of marijuana, possession of other controlled substances, burglary, robbery, and other types of more serious crimes are classified as class B misdemeanors and higher and have varying degrees of possible punishment that differ from “ticket” crimes.
Crimes classified as class B misdemeanors and above are dealt with at the county level. Class C misdemeanors, on the other hand, are dealt with at either a municipal court or Justice of the Peace precinct court.
What are the possible negative consequences to a ticket?
In Texas, a class C misdemeanor is punishable only by a fine. That means no jail time. Relieved? If your ticket is the only thing on your record, then you should be. But there are other hidden dangers that you should be aware of.
If you just decide to pay a ticket fine without consulting an attorney to work out a deal on that plea, then you might be walking into a trap. When you just pay a ticket, you are technically entering a guilty plea. That means that the ticket will now should up on your criminal record as a conviction. In a normal ticket situation, that might not be so bad, but if you have multiple ticket convictions on your record, or that one ticket was a very bad ticket, you could end up with enough points on your driver history that your license becomes suspended. Then, if you’re caught driving on a suspended license, your problems just snowball from there.
Drivers with a commercial drivers license are at a significant risk. Many companies have a zero-tolerance policy for tickets. That means that if a commercial driver license holder receives a conviction, that driver runs the very real risk of losing their job.
Those with many ticket convictions on their records are also at serious risk. Many times, notices from government agencies regarding convictions and suspensions are sent to old addresses, despite our best efforts to stay on top of updating our personal information. Many of the people found in these situations then are arrested during a traffic stop because there are outstanding warrants for them in multiple jurisdictions. Then, having to deal with all these outstanding warrants, they are kept in jail and bounced from place to place to try and deal with everything, many times not even knowing or remembering about all these tickets. How do you combat all these problems?
Why should I hire an attorney to handle my ticket?
Jeff Brown is the attorney that can help you navigate the prosecutorial process to hopefully get a case dismissed or significantly reduce the lasting impacts from a conviction. Here are a few reasons why you should hire Jeff Brown to handle your ticket:
No Time. As mentioned above, taking care of a ticket yourself takes valuable time out of your day. Jeff is more than happy to go to court and represent your interests, then sit down with you and explain your options to you, and help you decide on the best course of action.
Negotiating with a Prosecutor. As a former prosecutor, Jeff knows that prosecutors have a tendency to focus on only the police report for information and ignore the other side of the story. Prosecutors also DO NOT negotiate deals directly with you if you’ve received a ticket. Prosecutors will negotiate with an attorney, and Jeff Brown will make sure that the prosecutor sees the other side of the story, and not just the police version.
Avoid a Conviction and/or Suspension. No attorney can guarantee any outcome. If an attorney does try to guarantee an outcome, get that attorney to make the guarantee in writing (HINT: that attorney won’t do it in writing). However, based on experience, Jeff Brown has been able to help his clients avoid a conviction on their tickets in many instances. Avoiding convictions will help keep your driver record clear and avoid possible license suspensions.
Get Help From an Experienced Attorney
Jeff Brown is an experienced criminal defense attorney. For many years, he has helped his clients navigate the murky waters of the criminal justice system. He has helped his clients avoid the life-changing results of criminal convictions through his detailed-oriented case reviews and skillful ability to craft a defense with those facts and the law. Jeff Brown can deliver big firm results at small firm prices. Come and see how he can help you when everything is on the line.