What will Fighting my Speeding or Traffic Ticket cost me?
Civil Hearing Representation – starting at $1000
Criminal Hearing Representation – starting at $1750 for Clerk Magistrate Hearings
I understand that this is a lot of money for many people. If it is out of your price range to hire a lawyer, or if you aren’t facing significant fines and insurance rate increases to justify the legal costs, you can certainly consider fighting it yourself. There is a reasonable chance that you can at least get the fine reduced if you dispute the ticket, and use some careful strategies.
My exact fees depend on the complexity of the case, the number of charges, and the number of court dates I think it will take to resolve your case.
I’m always up front about every fee, so you can plan exactly what a good legal defense will cost you. That way you can make the best informed decision about what you want to do with your case.
I certainly understand that hiring an attorney was not anything you planned for. Most clients choose to pay a flat rate for their defense. You may also pay me by the hour, although that often ends up costing more money overall.
For a standard civil clerk’s hearing in Massachusetts on a straight speeding ticket or moving violation, I charge $1000. A successful defense can definitely pay for itself in saved fines, and more importantly, points on your insurance. Especially if your ticket is a second or third offense, and you are facing a serious hike to your insurance costs, or, in the case of a 3rd speeding ticket within a year, a 30 day license suspension.
For Massachusetts criminal traffic charges, such as Operating to Endanger, Operating on a Suspended License, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Reckless Driving, or Negligent Operation, my initial fee is $1500, depending on the complexity of the case.
Regardless of what you decide, an initial phone consultation with me is always provided at no cost, and no obligation. You can learn just what your rights and options are. If I can’t convince you that I will be able to protect you to your complete satisfaction, then you can simply decide not to hire me. I won’t trouble you again . . . and you’ll owe me absolutely nothing.
Some people choose to attempt to represent themselves without professional legal assistance, but it can be risky, and the outcomes are much harder to predict. Good legal representation almost always pays for itself in the results, both in saved fines and other penalties, and your own piece of mind.
You can discover for yourself how I can help save your license and freedom by contacting me via this form.
Attorney Russell Matson