Tarrant County peeps, I need a lawyer, ASAP!

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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.
I took defensive driving because it was the only option I had to avoid the ticket going on record. The officer caught me speeding, plain and simple. If I wasn't at fault I would fight it but I figured I'll pick my battles wisely since.

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I took defensive driving because it was the only option I had to avoid the ticket going on record.
That's a common misconception, but you are incorrect. The court has a record that you paid, and of how you pleaded (either guilty or no contest). Your state's DMV has a record of it too, because they need to know how many times you took defensive driving. As such, any cop that pulls you over in the future can see the blemish on your record, and is less likely to let you off with a warning. How Long Does A Speeding Ticket Stay On Your Record? | Unger & Kowitt

Fight EVERY TICKET tooth and nail. Keep your record clean! ONLY do the defensive driving/traffic school option if you lose in court.

The officer caught me speeding, plain and simple. If I wasn't at fault I would fight it but I figured I'll pick my battles wisely since.
So? Who cares. The officer might think you were speeding, but he or she still has to convince the Judge of that fact. He or she could have picked up another car, or maybe you were cited for basic speed law and can convince the Judge that it was actually safe to exceed PSL. Or maybe the officer just won't show up, will be on vacation, will have been transferred, deceased, comatose, whatever. If that's the case, your case will be dismissed. I don't care if you were caught red handed and you were 100% guilty. Go to court, fight the ticket. Throw as many hurdles as the prosecution as you can, and hope they screw up. Insist on your right to a speedy trial and do not waive time. Schedule your trial date as close as possible to the speedy trial deadline in your state. Furthermore, if the prosecution has 21 days to send discovery materials to you after being requested to do so in your state, then request discovery exactly 22 days before your trial date. If they fail to send the materials, then ask for the case to be dismissed on the grounds that you shouldn't have to choose between your right to discovery and your right to a speedy trial. Since the trial date was possibly only a couple of days before the speedy trial deadline runs out, the court will not be able to reschedule your trial date, and the prosecution won't be able to just hand you the materials at the trial because you'll obviously need time to review them, so the court will be forced to dismiss your case. Etc. See how that works? ;)

Remember, the prosecution has to do EVERYTHING right to get a conviction. You only have to get them to trip up once in order to get the case tossed. And there are plenty of ways you can get cases tossed even if you are 100% guilty of speeding.

If you plead guilty or no contest, there is a 0% chance that your record stays clean. If you fight it, there is some nonzero chance that it stays clean. And anything nonzero is better than 0.
 
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I’ve used Mallory Lollar Holt they have multiple offices and are pretty long lived in the area.

Construction is such a racket they’ll leave a zone for it when no works occurs for months on end and absolutely no one gives a rats ass about obeying them either.
 

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Follow up... Found lawyer that works Arlington court house a bunch...

He confirmed what I already believed to be true: Arlington doesn't give two squats about safety; they just want the revenue.

Wife went to court with lawyer, they had to actually wake up a judge since hers was in a construction zone 30+ over. Waited 3 hours for judge.

Ticket changed to equipment violation for same amount. 90 days probation, so if no driving infractions, she's clean.

Went out to process paper work with court processor, they set up a payment plan for January. My wife asks the lawyer, "Why do I have to wait to January to pay?" Lawyer says that everybody tells the court they are broke and can't pay, and then he shouts to the processor, " Hey, can she get 30 days probation if she pays today?"

Clerk gives the thumbs up.

All for safety, LOL.
 

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We should seriously expand the RDFGS to include member recommended Traffic lawyers on a per area basis.
 

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Just an FYI for those looking for one.

James Mallory is who I used when I started driving (&not RD savvy). Looks like he is still on Sandage and Berry. Its called Mallory Lollar and Holt now. Lollar is another well know traffic hired gun. Guess they partnered up.
 

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Glad it worked out. I will never fight a ticket without a lawyer.
Good advice! The legal system will resent the fact that you are not represented by a lawyer. You are seen as trying to circumvent the system. You'e not playing the game I would rather pay a lawyer than pay "guvmint."

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