San Antonio Traffic Ticket Lawyers

Traffic tickets are expensive and inconvenient. If neglected, even a simple speeding ticket can turn into an arrest warrant. If you have received a traffic ticket in San Antonio, don’t forget about it and hope for the best. Contact TPL today to begin working towards a dismissal. Start now. 

Get Your Ticket Dismissed 

Don’t waste time going to traffic court, and don’t plead guilty. TPL has years of experience working with prosecutors and judges to obtain dismissals. The process is simple: save time, save money, and obtain a dismissal. 

  • How much is a speeding ticket in San Antonio? Hundreds of dollars. The exact amount depends on the actual speed, and where the violation occurred. Bexar County and the City of San Antonio have different fine schedules.
  • How do I get a speeding ticket off my record in Texas? Don’t plead guilty. Avoiding a guilty plea is the first step in keeping your record clean. Even a simple traffic citation can have a negative impact on your record. 

Don’t Plead Guilty to Traffic Ticket

Many courts encourage people to pay citations over the phone or online. While this may be easy and convenient, it can have expensive consequences. Paying a citation online is the equivalent of pleading guilty and receiving a conviction. Don’t do it. 

Tickets Have Insurance Consequences 

One of the main reasons to fight a traffic ticket is to avoid increased insurance costs. Spending a few extra dollars on the front could potentially save hundreds, or thousands of dollars in the long run. 

  • Will one speeding ticket raise my insurance? Yes, it’s possible a single citation could increase insurance rates. Learn more.
  • How much does a ticket make your insurance go up? According to CarInsurance.com, one ticket can increase rates substantially. Review their informative table here.
  • How long does a ticket stay on your record in Texas? Tickets are never automatically expunged from the record. Therefore, a record theoretically exists forever, however, for insurance purposes, it’s approximately three years. Learn more.

Suspended Texas Driver License 

Outstanding tickets prevent the renewal of a Texas Driver License. Outstanding citations inaldivate driving privileges, and result in an arrest warrant for Failure to Appear. Driving While License Invalid is a serious criminal charge, enhanceable to Class B Misdemeanor status, and punishable by time in county jail.  

  • What is a Texas Occupational Driver License? An Occupational Driver License allows individuals with suspended driving privileges to drive legally during the period of suspension. Learn more. 
  • Is it worth hiring a lawyer for a ticket? It’s always important to have trusted legal counsel for any criminal matter. Tickets can have expensive insurance consequences, and result in points against your Texas Driver License. Learn more.

Trey Porter Named San Antonio Best Criminal Defense Lawyer 

Mr. Porter has been voted by his peers as one of San Antonio’s Best Lawyers every year since 2015, with specific recognition in the fields of Criminal Defense and DWI Defense. Mr. Porter is also recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer, and holds a 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO, where attorneys are rated based on skillful litigation, client satisfaction, peer endorsements, and positive results. Learn more.

In most situations, I will be able to get your ticket dismissed. Sometimes this will be an outright dismissal for technical reasons. More often than not, this will be through negotiating a simple driving probation period where you pay a fine and agree to avoid additional citations in exchange for a dismissal.

No matter what, don’t plead guilty. Many courts will allow you to pay online without appearing. While this is convenient, it almost always results in a conviction. Texas assigns points to drivers’ licenses based on convictions. The more convictions you have, the more points you get.

The accumulation of a certain number of points can have negative consequences on your driving privileges and eligibility. If your Texas Driver’s License is suspended or revoked, you may be eligible for an Occupational Driver’s License (ODL). You can learn more about ODLs here.

The following can all negatively impact your driver’s license:

  • Speeding
  • Running a red light
  • Running or rolling a stop sign
  • Failure to yield
  • Illegal lane change
  • Traveling the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Negligent accidents with other vehicles or property
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to maintain financial responsibility (insurance)
  • Expired Registration
  • Reckless driving

If you are holding a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and you’ve received a traffic ticket, even if it was while driving your personal vehicle, you need to contact me immediately. CDL drivers are held to a higher standard in Texas. In most cases, probation is not available, and you can’t get out of it by taking a driving class.

Your CDL is tied directly to your livelihood. Don’t put everything in jeopardy because of one mistake.

Texting while driving is incredibly dangerous. While it has been banned in various jurisdictions throughout Texas, the ban has only recently become a Statewide law.

Go here and take the pledge against texting and driving. It could save a life.

Distracted Driving is now punishable by a fine up to $99 for first-time offenders. The fine for repeat offenders is up to $200. If an accident is caused by texting and driving, it could be charged as a Class A Misdemeanor with serious consequences of up to 1 year in jail, and a fine of up to $4,000.

Driving without insurance can have serious consequences. In addition to other moving violations, failure to carry auto insurance in Texas can result in a maximum fine of $317 as well as surcharges of $250 a year for three years on insurance once you obtain it. If found guilty, it becomes a permanent part of your driving record.

It is imperative to avoid these consequences at all costs.

Driving While License Invalid or Driving While License Suspended is considered a Class B misdemeanor in Texas. If convicted, you up to 180 days in jail, plus a fine of up to $2000.

If you have a prior DWLS/DWLI conviction, then the DWLS/DWLI charge will be enhanced to a class A misdemeanor. This means the possible jail sentence and fine double.

Many people think that fighting their speeding ticket is futile because they were actually speeding. While it is often the case that an individual was speeding, it is important that you Do not Plead Guilty. Even if you are guilty of the offense, you can avoid a final conviction. This is important because it saves you time and money down the road.

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    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED .15

    Driving facts involved failing to maintain a single lane and speeding. Client refused breath test and forced law enforcement to obtain search warrant for blood. Blood test result was not used after challenge from Defense, and State waived and abandoned charge.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    Client was a college student, worried about the collateral consequences of an alcohol offense. After negotiation and review of the traffic stop, the case was dismissed. Client received no criminal conviction. The charge was later expunged and deleted from client’s record.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED .15+

    Client was involved in minor accident. Client was at fault in accident. A young executive, client was concerned that a criminal conviction for DWI would result in termination. After review of the traffic stop, it was clear the officer lacked probable cause for arrest. State eventually dismissed DWI charge. Client received no criminal conviction.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DWI 2nd

    Client, a military veteran, was facing up to one year in jail. State could not prove intoxication by alcohol, and was prepared to proceed on loss of use by marijuana. After challenging the State to prove that marijuana was ingested at or near time of driving, and that marijuana impaired client’s driving, the State dismissed the case on the day of trial.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    Driving facts involved a false claim by police that taillight was out. After challenging the reasonable suspicion for the traffic stop, the State was forced to dismiss the case when video did not match police report. Client has since expunged arrest, and has no criminal record.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    Client is a public school teacher and faced immediate termination upon conviction. The facts of the case were bad. State was unwilling to budge in negotiation, and matter was set for trial – the last shot at avoiding a conviction and preserving client’s livelihood. State was forced to dismiss on day of trial. Client has no criminal record, and has since expunged the DWI arrest.

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