FAQs About Traffic Tickets and Other Criminal Charges
Houston Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer
Founder & Managing Partner
The Gilligan Law Firm
“Do you handle matters other than traffic tickets?”
Yes. We defend all types of Criminal Charges as well as Ordinance Violations. So please don’t hesitate to call me when you’ve been charged with any type of violation.
“What is a traffic ticket?”
A traffic ticket in Texas is written notice to a person that he has violated a provision of the Texas Transportation Code. Every year, thousands of drivers in Texas receive traffic citations. But — many get off without having to pay fines and without having any points applied to their driver’s license.
You see, not everyone who receives a traffic ticket is guilty. In fact, a traffic ticket is simply a policeman’s opinion of what happened. The policeman’s opinion might be wrong. So don’t hesitate to fight a traffic ticket, because you may not be guilty and you certainly don’t want any points against your driver’s license.
“Do I have the right to see the radar gun or the lidar gun?”
No. You do not have the right to see the radar gun or the lidar gun.
“How can an attorney help me?”
An experienced attorney can guide you through the legal pitfalls of our complex justice system. Without a lawyer’s help, you might fall victim to the myriad of traps that await you unless you have in-depth experience in our legal system. Most drivers don’t.
In my view, you should never fight a traffic citation alone. If the citation is important enough to fight, then it is also important enough to hire a lawyer to represent you.
Why Should I hire an attorney for a City of Houston traffic ticket?
Quite simply, Defendants without attorneys are routinely taken advantage of by the judges and prosecutors.
What can you do that I can not do?
Properly represent you. It is true that a man who represents himself has a fool for a Client. The truth is that anyone one of us could do anyone else’s job with the right education and training. For example, you could fix your own car when it breaks down, but a mechanic has the knowledge and expertise to diagnose the issue and resolve it with as little hardship on you as possible. Likewise, my record, longevity, skills, and reputation do more for you than you could ever do for yourself.
I’m guilty, why shouldn’t I just take defensive driving?
The legislature did not want traffic tickets to be a source of revenue and has given you an armor of rights to protect you against the state’s attack. However, you must contest the ticket to get the protection. The state has a big burden that it does not need to meet if you choose to let it off the hook by taking defensive driving. After all, if your ticket is dismissed, you don’t pay any court costs or fines.
What are your results?
I have enjoyed representing thousands of clients over the last 17 years and a recent audit has shown that more than 90% of the cases are dismissed.
What guarantees do I have that my ticket will be dismissed?
None. It is illegal and unethical for an attorney to guarantee an outcome on a criminal case. There are just too many variables to do so. I would never want you to think that just because you hire an attorney that your case will be dismissed.
Will you match the fees of other attorneys?
No. For those attorneys who charge less than me, you may want to ask yourself what is that attorney NOT doing for such a fee.
What if I don’t have email and can’t call during your business hours?
Please leave a message as to when you can be reached and we will do our best to do so.
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“If you have questions about traffic tickets — or any type of criminal charge —
please don’t hesitate to call me. I’ll be happy to help you in every way.” — Spencer
Telephone (713) 529-9200
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