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Clearly, in these times where many municipalities are ratcheting up their traffic enforcement, you have a better chance than ever to get pulled over for a traffic infraction. However, there are a few things that you can do to maximize your chances of getting a warning or a minor, and perhaps, non-moving violation when you get pulled over.

1. When you see those flashing lights, pull over. Too many times, drivers take their time to pull over or pretend like they did not see or know the police officer was behind them. Not smart. Usually, you have some idea that the police officer is pursuing you, so pull over as soon as possible. It shows respect and an immediate understanding that you know why he or she is coming after you.

2. Turn off everything. Turn off your engine, your radio, and your cell phone. Also, put your keys on top of the dashboard. Again, this shows respect and deference to the authority of the police officer. Remember, when you are being pulled over, it’s the police officer’s discretion that dictates whether you’re going to get a ticket. speeding ticket lawyers

3. Windows down, hands on the wheel. Whenever possible, put your windows down and keep your hands visible on the steering wheel. Do not fumble through your stuff. Do not put your hands in a location where the police officer cannot see them. If your license, registration, and insurance card are easily accessible, get them as soon as possible. If, however, you have to look for these items, it’s better to wait for the officer to ask them of you, and then tell him or her where you need to look for them.

4. Be polite. This cannot be stressed enough. Even when you think the police officer is wrong or unfairly pulling you over, you have to be polite. You will seriously jeopardize your chances of getting a warning, and even risk the police officer refusing to allow a favorable plea bargain if you give him or her attitude. Some police officers do not bother to say anything except ask the driver for their info, and then they proceed to walk back to their car. At that point, you have the option to say nothing and then go to court to deal with it if he or she gives you a ticket or you may choose to say, “excuse me, officer, if possible, I would really appreciate your discretion . . . ” Then, if appropriate, give the police officer a good reason for providing such discretion such as a clean driving record, no points, or any other GOOD reason. A fight with your spouse or significant other is not a good reason. Remember, you can have a conversation with the police officer, but you have to be cordial.

5. Be honest and don’t argue. This goes along with being polite. If the police officer pulled you over, and you just went through an intersection with a “yellow” light, then be honest and say, “well, officer, it must have been because I went through that intersection . . I may have timed it wrong but I did not feel I could safely stop in time. ” Similarly, if you have a good idea that the officer stopped you for speeding, you’re better off saying, “well, officer, I could only think that I must have been speeding . . . I apologize . . I must not have realized how fast I was traveling. ” Clearly, there is no “magic” excuse, but if you show candor and honesty with the police officer, he or she will be more inclined to “give you a break.”

5. Say thank you or take the ticket. If the police officer gives you a warning or a non-moving violation, thank the officer for his or her discretion and safely drive away. If he or she gives you a ticket, you should just take the ticket and safely drive away. After the ticket is issued, there is no point in arguing. That will just hurt your chances of getting a favorable plea deal. You are better off driving away and then retaining a good lawyer to deal with the ticket.

We all know that sinking feeling in your stomach when you see those flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. It is not a pleasant experience, and many of you who may be reading this may have already just received a traffic summons. Save these tips for next time, and remember to be safe out there.

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Reduced Fines When Your Ticket is Reduced?

A factor in the total cost of a ticket that people sometimes fail to consider is the possible reduction of charges. Because the final amount of your fine depends almost entirely on the section of the law that you plead guilty to or are convicted of committing, agreeing to a reduction of charges – such as a lower speed, non-speeding ticket, or parking ticket – can dramatically reduce how much a Texas speeding ticket costs.

For example, say you get a speeding ticket for traveling 83mph in a 65mph zone. If you plead guilty, you will be assessed a fine plus accrue points on your driving record. If you plead not guilty, however, and are able to secure a plea bargain to a 0 point violation then your fine would be assessed accordingly. Typically, the less serious the conviction, the lower the fine and other penalties.

Only you can decide what course of action is best for your particular situation. If you will be seeking legal counsel, however, please consider our office for your representation. We have been representing clients charged with traffic violations and misdemeanors in Texas for many years. We offer affordable fees in most courts and appear on your behalf in most cases without you having to attend. We offer free consultations by phone, email, and in-person at our office. For a free consultation of your case, please contact us with the details of your case.

How does Workers’ Compensation Apply to Workers in the Construction Industry?

The first thing you will need to find out is whether or not your employer is a workers’ comp insurance subscriber or non-subscriber. This may seem like a straightforward question and answer, but the truth is, many low to mid-level construction managers may not have the answer or understand the question. The higher your manager has to go up the food chain to get an answer, the longer you will have to wait, and the response may be incomprehensible. The attorneys at our Law Office are here to help you navigate through the bureaucratic mess and ensure that you are compensated fairly.

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Workers’ compensation provides compensation to workers injured on the job while at the same time providing subscribers with a high degree of immunity to lawsuits, except in the rare case that a worker dies and the employer was grossly negligent. In this case, the worker’s family may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Due to the current legal structure of the workers’ compensation insurance system, if you are injured doing construction work for a company that carries workers’ compensation insurance, you cannot file a work injury claim.

If You Can’t Sue Your Employer Because he or she has Workers’ Comp Insurance, What Can You do?

You may be able to file a lawsuit against other parties to recover financial damages or get the relief you need. Other defendants in construction accident cases often include property owners who own or control the job site, other contractors, the general contractor, equipment manufacturers, and leasing companies.

Any of these other defendants could provide you with additional compensation to pay for your injuries. Our attorneys can conduct thorough investigations to determine exactly how your accident occurred, and identify all potential defendants in your case. We are dedicated to finding every possible source to secure the compensation you need.

What Benefits Should You Expect to Receive Under Workers’ Comp?

Up to 70% of any wages lost during recovery time in which you were unable to work.
Note: the max on this is capped at $600/week.
If the injury impairs you for life and renders you unable to return to work, you may be entitled to this benefit for the rest of your life.
Per diem compensation for mileage driven to and from places where you obtained medical treatment, prescriptions, and other necessary medical supplies.
100% coverage or reimbursement for any medical treatment, prescriptions, or over-the-counter medications and supplies related to the specific injury in question.