There is a large set of the population that has no idea what a traffic ticket defense lawyer does. It is very much the same as what a criminal defense lawyer does which is to ensure that the government is held to their burden and that it can prove the case while actually following the constitution, the law and the rules. It is not about whether the government has sufficient evidence to prove the violation; it is about whether the government can actually admit such evidence into court while following the constitution and laws.
For example, EVERY Dunnellon red light camera case handled by this firm was dismissed! However, several people who chose to proceed unrepresented did not have their cases dismissed, paid fines to the government and earned themselves sometimes permanent marks on their driving histories instead. In these cases, the unrepresented simply did not know what to do when the Dunnellon city officer showed up in the Marion County courthouse in Ocala to prove the traffic ticket.
Why can a lawyer get cases dismissed and the unrepresented are getting marks on their driving history and paying fines? This happens in criminal and traffic court all the time. Lawyers are supposed to do the research and have law to back them up. The unrepresented may not know when to object or what to say. The rules of evidence actually do apply in civil traffic infraction cases.
While the unrepresented may say nothing, a lawyer objects to attempts to improperly admit evidence. The government could be left with no way to identify the driver in most crash cases. In a traffic ticket case a lawyer can represent the driver in their absence and the driver does not have to be present to be identified. While some judges do not like the rule that allows an absent driver yet still requires the government prove identity beyond a reasonable doubt, most judges will follow the law and dismiss the case if the identity of the offender cannot be proven.
The life lesson to readers is that if you or a loved one are about to be in front of a judge in traffic court, criminal court or any other court, then you should consider hiring a lawyer. Click or call today to hire a defense lawyer.