Tarrant County peeps, I need a lawyer, ASAP!

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Wife got a ticket, and tried to hide it from me until a court reminder came in the mail and I happened to get the mail that day.

Haven't seen the actual ticket yet, but the court date reminder said 83 in a 50 MPH Construction Zone. I don't think she realizes exactly what she's toying with here sitting on this.

Trial is set for Sept 10th and according to the letter, there needs to be 30 days for any pretrial motions, so we're not giving the lawyer much time to act here.

If you've dealt with a good Tarrant County traffic lawyer, please let me know ASAP.
 

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Good luck. When you get an attorney, make sure she get's a serious lecture from him/her about the consequences of ignoring the court.
 

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Ouch sorry to hear that... Good luck!
 

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Sorry to hear about this. I hope you find a really good lawyer because they are extra hard on anything that happens in construction zones. This is one that I would damn sure get the lawyer to settle out of court! Good luck!
 

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Lawyer can maybe get it push down road little ways. So he can get his ducks in a row. But, letter coming in mail they know ticket is not being taken seriously.
 

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Does "court reminder" mean that the court just reminded her when her initial trial was scheduled (courtesy notice), or does it mean that she failed to appear and they rescheduled and sent a notice reminding her of this fact?
 

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Possible just a reminder. Call court clerk an ask. Different in every state most likely.
 

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Instead of lawyer recommendations you might wanna start looking for new wife recommendations.
I'm actually interested in WHY the wife tried to hide the ticket from him. If it was because of some argument over CMs earlier (she argued that they weren't necessary, etc) and her not wanting to have to eat crow over the ticket, well, that's actually pretty funny.
 

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Nope, she's not been ignoring the court, she requested a trial date because she wanted to contest it. She felt like there were inadequate markings where the speed changed to lower in the construction zone. The mailer was a reminder of the court date. The letter I saw today was the first I had seen the speed indicated.

What she didn't understand was the severity of 33 over. In Texas, anything 25 over means defensive driving ain't an option. And construction zones add to the problem. I advised her when the court reminder mailer came to seek a lawyer, I'm going to have to press this issue tonight.

She's definitely of the "out of sight, out of mind" mindset. She'll push this down the road until she gets in a bind if I don't press the issue.
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I'm actually interested in WHY the wife tried to hide the ticket from him. If it was because of some argument over CMs earlier (she argued that they weren't necessary, etc) and her not wanting to have to eat crow over the ticket, well, that's actually pretty funny.
I think it was more of a lie of omission. I didn't ask, so she didn't tell. I don't think she thought it was a serious as it really is though, or she wouldn't be putting this off. We all understand the importance of not getting that first one on the record, but 33 over isn't a joke, and she's not going to take your level of time to research the applicable laws to represent herself.

And yes, she thinks my RD is a noise box. Might be a little of that in the omission as well.
 
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I love how the attorney profile of John Giofreddi is of him sitting at a bar with a beer. Perfect for DWI defense! Actually, it seems like that's all he does is traffic infractions and he has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

https://www.gioffredi.com/attorney-profile/
 

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I've gotten one ticket here in Texas, and they sent me a mail reminder as well. It doesn't mean you're ignoring anything it's just the normal system.
 

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@aim4squirrels - Sorry to hear about this, and unfortunately don't know any Tarrant Co. attorneys to recommend. While DD is out of the question, when you talk to the lawyer, you might ask about whether deferred adjudication is still an option.

[EDIT: in fact, before you spend the money on a lawyer, you might call the court clerk and ask whether deferred adjudication is an option.]

[EDIT2: Looks like Tarrant County calls it Deferred Disposition/Probation (Deferred Disposition (Probation)). The page linked does say it may not be (not isn't) available for over 24 MPH over, or in a construction zone with workers present. I'm assuming there weren't any workers present or she wouldn't have been doing that speed]
 
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I love how the attorney profile of John Giofreddi is of him sitting at a bar with a beer. Perfect for DWI defense! Actually, it seems like that's all he does is traffic infractions and he has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

https://www.gioffredi.com/attorney-profile/
Honestly I think that’s exactly why that pic is there. It’s marketing. He wants you to know he enjoys a drink or two, too, and is on your side.


@aim4squirrels - Sorry to hear about this, and unfortunately don't know any Tarrant Co. attorneys to recommend. While DD is out of the question, when you talk to the lawyer, you might ask about whether deferred adjudication is still an option.

[EDIT: in fact, before you spend the money on a lawyer, you might call the court clerk and ask whether deferred adjudication is an option.]
Defensive driving is NOT out of the question. It’s just not automatically available. The court can agree to it if they want. Or deferred. There’s probably no harm in calling the clerk and asking, but I wouldn’t expect too much.
 

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Honestly I think that’s exactly why that pic is there. It’s marketing. He wants you to know he enjoys a drink or two, too, and is on your side.



Defensive driving is NOT out of the question. It’s just not automatically available. The court can agree to it if they want. Or deferred. There’s probably no harm in calling the clerk and asking, but I wouldn’t expect too much.
Yeah, but it's worth a shot, especially if she has a clean record otherwise.

[EDIT: Here's Tarrant County's page on Defensive Driving (Driving safety course) - not clear whether you can get DD since it says "must not exceed the posted speed limit by more than 24 MPH." But that may just be for being able to automatically get it. Looks like it may still be possible, but would require court approval.]
 
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Looking into these guys:


Anybody got any feedback? Tarrant County based so they should have somebody in Arlington's courthouse on a regular basis, which likely means they know the players down there.

We're not going to play around with this one, I'm going to give it to an attorney if I have my way. I'd rather pay a lawyer than the city of Arlington and my insurance company.
 

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What she didn't understand was the severity of 33 over. In Texas, anything 25 over means defensive driving ain't an option. And construction zones add to the problem. I advised her when the court reminder mailer came to seek a lawyer, I'm going to have to press this issue tonight.
I don't see what the big deal is about 33 over per se. It's kinda like a CVC 22348(b) in California, in that you can't do traffic school (although in CA a 22348(b) is also a MANDATORY court appearance, but not sure if that applies here). In any case, IMHO no one should EVER take the option of doing traffic school unless you actually lose your court case. Even if your insurance doesn't know about it, cops can still look up that record, and the state keeps track of it, because they need to know how many times you did traffic school. At least in FL, the incident remains on your driving record for 75 years, which is practically forever. So the important thing is to fight the ticket to the end and keep your record clean. As such, I wouldn't even take plea deals that hide the incident from insurance since I'd rather roll the dice and try to keep my record clean. Remember that there is a big difference between how long any points assessed for a violation remain on your record vs. how long the record of the violation remains, and the latter is often much longer than the former.
 
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