Wake County Traffic Ticket Attorney Says Even Minor Citations Must Be Taken Seriously
Raleigh, N.C. (PRWEB) May 05, 2012
Wake County traffic ticket attorney David Coolidge said today that anyone who received a ticket or was otherwise charged during the state’s recent “No Need 2 Speed” law enforcement campaign should secure legal representation to ensure their rights are protected.
“A person shouldn’t face a court’s judgment without a legal representative to stand with them as their advocate and advisor,” said Coolidge, founder of the Coolidge Law Firm in Raleigh, which provides legal assistance to those charged with Wake County speeding violations.
Coolidge noted that Lindsey Kabbes, an Elon Law School graduate with recent experience as a criminal defense attorney in Harnett County, recently joined the firm as an associate.
Kabbes, who played both basketball and volleyball while earning her undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Peace College (William Peace University), handles primarily traffic and misdemeanor cases.
“As a competitive athlete Lindsey values commitment and dedication, and this translates in her efforts to obtain the best outcome for her clients,” Coolidge said.
State and local law enforcement officers issued 39,150 traffic and criminal citations statewide during the “No Need 2 Speed” campaign last month, according to a Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) news release. Officials cited 13,435 drivers for speeding, slightly more than one third of all charges made.
During the campaign, officers issued tickets for 2,832 safety belt and 426 child passenger safety violations. They also made arrests on 1,003 drug charges and 829 driving while impaired (DWI) charges. In addition, they apprehended 819 fugitives and recovered 51 stolen vehicles across the state.
“If a person is found guilty of even the most minor traffic violation, it is not as simple as paying a one-time fine,” Coolidge said. “Traffic ticket convictions can result in points against a person’s license, which could eventually result in suspended driving privileges and higher insurance premiums for several years.”
In Wake County, the 3,154 traffic and criminal charges made during “No Need 2 Speed” included 1,265 speeding tickets, 38 DWI charges, 136 seat belt or child restraint charges, 72 drug violations, 203 fugitive arrests and seven recoveries of stolen vehicles.
When an individual is charged with a crime, there are legal issues to explore and factors to consider that could work in the defendant’s favor, Coolidge said.
“Misdemeanor offenses may be punishable by jail, probation, or community service hours, which a defense lawyer could help one avoid,” he said.
“A lawyer will be on your side throughout the entire process,” he added. “A person doesn’t have to face speeding or any traffic or criminal charges on their own.”
About The Coolidge Law Firm
The Wake County traffic ticket attorneys of The Coolidge Law Firm provide skilled, experienced and aggressive legal representation to those throughout Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville, Knightdale and other communities in Wake County and its surrounding area who have been cited for moving violations (such as speeding, reckless driving, unsafe movement, passing a school bus or expired license, inspection and registration) or charged with driving while impaired (DWI). The firm’s practice areas also include drug possession, sex crimes, student crimes, theft, robbery, violent crimes, domestic violence and probation and parole violations. Additionally, the firm also represents those in criminal matters involving habitual felon status, motions for appropriate relief (MAR) and expungment. To learn more about The Coolidge Law Firm, call (919) 239-8448 any time of day, any day of the week or use the firm’s online form.