Do I need to contact a lawyer to try to fight a traffic ticket before the court date or can it be after as well?
Question Details: I got a ticket for no insurance. The reasons for driving without insurance is because my had passed away that day and I needed to get my father, as well as myself, to see her before they had to take her away. I purchased insurance that same day and can provide a death certificate.
Typically, the first hearing date is to enter a plea: to plead not guilty if you want a trial to "fight" the ticket, or to plead guilty if you get a favorable plea you are willing to take. If you plead not guilty, then they typically schedule the actual trial for a date a few weeks off, giving you a chance to get an attorney. So you can go to court, discuss the matter, see if (unlikely, but possible) they dismiss the matter or they offer to a reasonable plea (which is fairly likely). If they won't dismiss or offer a plea you are wiling to take, you can plead not guilty and retain an attorney.