Guarantees are only as good as their definition. For traffic ticket guarantees, it is no different. Know what those guarantees mean before you jump on board.
The Truth About “No Points” Guarantee
A guarantee is only as good as the outcome you desire. You wanted “no points,” but at what cost?
FIRST: The Florida Bar Prohibits Lawyers From Issuing Guarantees
Rule 4-7.13(b)(1) specifically states that typical traffic ticket guarantees are unethical and violate Florida Bar advertising rules.
RULE 4-7.13 DECEPTIVE AND INHERENTLY MISLEADING ADVERTISEMENTS: A lawyer may not engage in deceptive or inherently misleading advertising.
(b) Examples of Deceptive and Inherently Misleading Advertisements. Deceptive or inherently misleading advertisements include, but are not limited to advertisements that contain:
(1) statements or information that can reasonably be interpreted by a prospective client as a prediction or guaranty of success or specific results;
Read the entire rule HERE.
What Is Really Happening When You Are Guaranteed No Points
A “No Points” guarantee means that if you end up with points you get your money back. If you paid $125, you get your $125 back. It does not mean your fine and court costs will be paid.
This guarantee puts a financial incentive on the lawyer to make sure you do not receive points. This means other variables come into play such as higher fine amount and traffic schools to avoid points.
There is only one guarantee no-points approach for traffic tickets that I know of – elect the driving school option. I point this out on my website. If you do that you will not receive points – guaranteed.
Other guarantees are that you will not have to attend court, no school, and reduced fine. Be sure to ask about these guarantees if you are hiring based on them.
What You Really Need To Have Done Besides Guarantees
The most important thing you get from hiring a reputable traffic lawyer is the effort to protect your privilege to drive and not receiving points. Points mean higher insurance rates. It is often better to pay a higher fine than to receive points. In the end you will be paying less.
Finally, Understanding What Can Happen at a Hearing
People are often confused and believe if they hire a traffic lawyer to represent them on a ticket, their ticket will be dismissed. This is not true. Your ticket may get dismissed but that is typically rare. The reason you hire a lawyer is to:
- set your ticket for a hearing.
- have a traffic lawyer represent you at the hearing.
- avoid having to go to the hearing.
- avoid having to deal with continuances and resets.
- hopefully have ticket dismissed.
- hopefully get fine reduced.
- hopefully keep points off your driving record.
- hopefully avoid traffic school.
Understand that none of that may occur. You may receive a higher fine, points, and have to go to a driving school. The bottom line is there are no guarantees in court. If you have questions about this – ASK!
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