Editor in Chief, Washington and Lee Law Review, Volume 66
How to Win Your Case in Traffic Court Without a Lawyerby Janet Traken
Do you know why I pulled you over? That is the epitome of a rhetorical question, and an estimated 100,000 people hear those eight words every day in the United States for scoring a speeding ticket. Some of those tickets may be unwarranted, but only 5 percent of folks try to contest their ticket. The cost of hiring a lawyer and fighting a case does not seem… See more details below
Do you know why I pulled you over? That is the epitome of a rhetorical question, and an estimated 100,000 people hear those eight words every day in the United States for scoring a speeding ticket. Some of those tickets may be unwarranted, but only 5 percent of folks try to contest their ticket. The cost of hiring a lawyer and fighting a case does not seem proportionate to the $300 ticket, so the other 95 percent accept defeat and grudgingly pay the fine to avoid being tied up those legal fees.
Luckily, there is a way you can successfully fight case in traffic court without dishing out the dough for an attorney. How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer breaks down the steps to take once you get a ticket.
Learning the law is essential to know whether you can effectively fight your ticket, and this book breaks down and outlines the details of the law for each major type of moving violation, including speeding ticket, running a stop sign or traffic light, failure to yield, and many more. You will learn what happens once you receive these violations and which infractions you can fight without a lawyer in traffic court. You will learn which defenses absolutely will not work so you do not waste your time attempting to use them in court. You will learn how to collect your own evidence and effectively prepare for a trial.
Winning your trial is not a promise of the book, but you will be able to give it an impressive shot by learning exactly how each traffic court case is handled and what you can expect when you take your particular case to court. There is an essential difference between jury and judge-only trials, and you will learn how to prepare for each of them, as well as how to tweak your case to match any of the 50 states in which you live.
If you have received an unfair traffic violation, How to Win Your Case in Traffic Court Without a Lawyer will help you do just that. When you choose to fight, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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When I first got this book to review I immediately looked for the bio of the author. I was surprised to see that the author, Janet Traken, is a freelance writer and there was no indication of experience or knowledge of the law. This to me indicated lack of credibility and I went on to reading the book with reluctance. The first chapter of the book suggests writing down the incident and this is of utmost importance. If you do go to traffic court it's very possible it will several months after the incident and much will happen during that time. Our memories can hold just so much and by reading notes it will bring back more memories of the incident. As I perused the book further I came upon explanations of possible ticketing: Improper Passing, Seatbelt Violations, Speeding, Open Container, etc. The chapter titled "Do You Need a Lawyer" was interesting and certainly would help you decide whether you want to hire a lawyer or attempt to win the case yourself. Another important chapter is "Preparing for the Trial Step One: Gathering and Analyzing Evidence." By the time I got finished reading this book I felt I was more informed than before and do have knowledge in the event I have a traffic violation. I believe the Traken researched the topic well enough to give us the basics and a platform of where to start. This book will certainly help you decide what direction you want to pursue your violation and whether or not it's worth the time and effort to fight it or pay the fine. It's a decision only you can make and I believe gaining the knowledge from what Taken has written will make you wise enough to make the decision.
Janet Traken's How to Win Your Case in Traffic Court without a lawyer is a valuable handbook for anyone whose occupation puts them at risk of receiving more traffic tickets than normal and is also an informative layman's guide to police practices and court procedures relating to traffic tickets. There are some items that lawyers will take issue with, but the book largely succeeds in its basic goal, which is to provide readers with a good idea of how they might benefit from using a lawyer and what to do if they can't afford one. Part of the calculation anyone makes in deciding whether it pays to hire a lawyer to fight a traffic ticket is determning whether it will cost more for the lawyer than the ticket. Local authorities are well aware of this and generally set the fines with an eye to inflicting some pain, but not enough to make it worthwhile to hire a lawyer for the occasional ticket. This can encourage some abuse of the system by law enforcement, but for the most part it's efficient because it encourages the majority of offenders to simply take their medicine and pay the fine without complaint. If you have to drive for a living (or to make a living) the stakes are raised, however, since a few convictions can threaten your livelihood, even though on a per mile basis your record might compare very favorably to the average driver. Here it's useful to have a sense of when it makes sense to pay, to fight on your own or to call on the services of a lawyer. Traken does an excellent job of helping you understand what lawyers can do for you and what you can safely try to do on your own. Early in my legal career, I read a book, written for lawyers, that emphasized that proper attention to facts was usually more important to a lawyer's success in court than his knowledge of the law. This is because the legal system has been organized to try to make the right decisions based on the facts and most of the complicated procedures used in court are simply ways to get attorneys to get to those facts fairly and efficiently. When an individual can't afford a lawyer, judges are usually lenient with them about the proper use of court etiquette, as long as they feel that the individual is being straightforward about the facts. Traken makes this clear by providing straightforward advice about the ways you can bring out the facts in your favor as well as highlight the discrepancies and shortcomings that might exist in the facts being used against you. If you are respectful and sincere in your belief that you weren't treated fairly, you should have a good chance of winning your case and Traken does an admirable job of leading you step by step through the legal process so you know enough to make your point without getting bogged down in extraneous details. Of course the procedures and practices in the local courts throughout the country vary greatly, so no book could provide a definitive guide for laymen or guaranty success against all the odds. The risk here is that laymen won't know enough to realize the difference between a good excuse and a lame one or have a proper appreciation for the skill and determination of their opponent. It will pay to be cautious in any circumstance, but the book describes the most common areas people get tripped up on and will help many people make a clearer eyed assessment of the weaknesses of their own case. They should likewise be able to make a better decision about whether and how to defend themselves. Clearly written, the book progresses in a logical fashion and uses subheadings, bullet points and well-chosen examples to help readers navigate through some complicated material and understand the practical implications of various situations. My only caution would be that she might make things appear too easy to understand. As an attorney, I wouldn't represent myself in this type of matter, because it's too easy to lose the perspective one needs to properly assess the situation. If I had no choice, however, I'd do a quick re-read of this book before I got too far into the process. If you're in a situation where ending up in traffic court is an occupational hazard, you'll do well to read this book. It will help you understand the traffic enforcement system more fully and make you much more aware of the risks you face and the rights you are entitled to.