Traffic School vs. Hire an Attorney
Why do either?
Traffic tickets in California are expensive. The middle tier of a Speeding Ticket will cost you $367 in fines alone, but for most people, the bigger cost is the hidden cost: Insurance Premium Increases.
Many traffic violations risk placing an automatic 'point' on your license. Insurance companies look at these points when deciding how much to charge you for car insurance. Just one point on your license can increase your car insurance by $200. Over the 3 years the point will stay on your license, that's $600 more in car insurance payments.
When a motorist gets a ticket, frequently the concernmost top of mind is how to remove the point from their driver license.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, a lot of people chose Traffic School to remove the point from your license. But traffic school isn't cheap, you'll need to pay the court $50-55 admin fees to process your traffic school completion. Additionally, you'll need to pay the traffic school $20-30 to take their course. Finally, let's not forget that the DMV states that a traffic school course should last a full 8 hours.
The total cost for Traffic School adds up:
Cost of Fine: $367
Court Admin Cost: $55
Traffic School Cost: $30
Total Traffic School Cost: $85
TOTAL COST OF TRAFFIC TICKET: $452
(Time investment: 8 hours)
Hire an Attorney
In contrast, a less frequently exercised option is to hire an attorney to contest your ticket. Hiring an attorney can be cheaper than you think, and their success rates are second to none.
At Fixed, we are able to source you an attorney from $150. Often your attorney can get the points removed from your ticket and can sometimes even get a complete dismissal, eliminating the fine as well.
In addition, they do all the work for you. You often don't even have to go to court.
The total costs for an attorney:
Attorney Flat Fee: $150
Existing cost of fine: $367
Expected Savings: $217
Net Cost of Hiring an Attorney: -$67
That's right, a good attorney can actually SAVE you money.... and save you from sitting through an online traffic school for 8 hours.
Get the ticket and penalty point dismissed
The attorneys we work with have had over 10,000 tickets dismissed.
We'll review your ticket free of charge and tell you your options to get it dismissed.
(There is nothing to lose!)