Before I even start this article, I need to make a confession. Two confessions actually. First, I’m a Seattle traffic attorney. Second, I don’t refund my fees if I lose a case. That will probably give you an idea of where this article is going.
If you get a traffic ticket and want to fight it, you have two options. Option one is fight it yourself (and lose). Option two is to hire a traffic attorney to help you. Usually a traffic lawyer is going to run you between $250 and $350, depending on where you live and who you talk to. That’s a lot of money.
Some people who hire traffic attorneys feel like the person they hire is doing something they can do. So, they want a guarantee of victory. Attorneys can’t guarantee anything, so another option for people is to ask for a refund if they don’t win their traffic hearing. And, in fact, some traffic lawyers advertise that they do it.
But does that make it right? I don’t think it does.
Believe it or not, when you hire a Seattle traffic attorney, you aren’t hiring a witch doctor. You are hiring an attorney. To beat your speeding ticket, they don’t use their connections with the judge or prosecutor. They don’t go in and wink and nod and get your case dismissed. What they in fact do is analyze your ticket to make sure it is legally sufficient. Often it is not.
Because of that, the value isn’t even necessarily in getting your ticket dismissed or reduced, although that is nice. The value the client receives is in having an expert look at their situation and give them the best chance possible to have a good outcome. Though it’s on a different scale, you can think about it like this – if you go in for some sort of surgery and it doesn’t work out, you don’t ask the surgeon for his money back. You are paying him to give it his best shot.
That’s why a traffic ticket attorney shouldn’t refund a loss.