I Want A Trial On My Traffic Ticket: Should I Hire An Attorney?

If you want to contest a traffic offense you must decide whether to hire an attorney to represent you or to represent yourself. Because of the less severe penalties given in some traffic offense cases, than in other criminal cases, the free legal services of a court-appointed attorney are usually not provided.

This may come down to a cost/benefit analysis: You must weigh the cost of hiring an attorney to represent you in court against the possible penalties. If you face just a fine it may not be worth hiring an attorney but if your driver´s license is at risk of being suspended because of points it may very well be worth the expense.

Student Legal Services has a policy of representing students in certain types of traffic offense cases in Lancaster County. Even if your case does not fall within the Student Legal Services guidelines for representation, an SLS attorney can review your case and help you consider your options.