Greg Smith and Associates, Criminal Defense Attorneys/
Salt Lake City (Murray)
Free 15 Min. Consultation  :  Nights & Weekends  :  Easy Payments

801-651-1512  -  24/7

Free 15 Min. Consultation 24/7

801-651-1512


Feedback From Satisfied Clients

"The domestic violence and DUI crimes that I was charged with would have ruined my career. Thank you for saving me! You are worth every penny I paid you."

More Testimonials

Avvo Clients' Choice Award. 5 Stars

Lawyers.com Reviews

Matindale Hubble Client Champion Lawyers 2018

Google Reviews


   Review Us On Google


Should I just pay the traffic ticket?

Most people who get their first speeding ticket don't know what their options are, and unfortunately in Utah, you cannot simply "get rid of a ticket" by paying some small sum; further, in Utah traffic matters are often infractions or crimes.

More often than not, people who call us think that they have to pay the ticket and that there is no choice. This is not the case in many cases, and we suggest you fight everything (in order words, typically, there is a deal to be had!).

Mark Edwards prosecuted traffic matters for years, and here is what he says:

"After prosecuting traffic tickets for years and going to court for clients for them for years, I have found there can be many creative solutions that satisfy both the need for the government to get justice and the need for the defendant to not have severe consequences."

Wise words indeed.

The most common way for defendants to minimize the consequences of a traffic ticket is to get a Plea in Abeyance. A Plea of guilty is held by the court and held in abeyance pending certain conditions being met. In other words, it does not go on a record, then get removed later on. It's sort of like the Judge taking the guilty plea and shelving it for a while (often around a year or so). Often, if the defendant pays fees, takes a traffic school course, and keeps his nose clean during that time period, the case may then be taken off the Judge's shelf, and thrown in the legal trash can (dismissed). In other words, It's not a conviction, and there are no points added to their drivers license. But, if you commit that offense again, the prosecutor may tell the Judge you've been given a "PIA" in the past, and the Judge should now deal with you more severely.

As Mr. Edwards points out:

"Point are important to bear in mind, and such can involve your auto insurance agent. Keeping your premiums low because of a clean driving record can make a huge difference in how much you spend on insurance."

"Commercial drivers have other considerations. Depending on the jurisdiction, there can be creative solutions for them to avoid convictions that could cost them their jobs."

The most important thing to remember is to get an experienced attorney who knows what to ask for and how how to get it for you. Don't do this alone. Hire experience. Call us now at 801-651-1512 for a free consultation.

Tags: traffic stops, criminal defense


Feedback From Satisfied Clients

"The domestic violence and DUI crimes that I was charged with would have ruined my career. Thank you for saving me! You are worth every penny I paid you."

More Testimonials

Avvo Clients' Choice Award. 5 Stars

Lawyers.com Reviews

Matindale Hubble Client Champion Lawyers 2018

Google Reviews


   Review Us On Google




Clients with disabilities or impairments
Access to our office is available to clients and their family members at all times. Special equipment and communication devices are available upon request for our clients with visual, hearing, speech and physical impairment. In addition, arrangements can be made for verbal or sign language interpreters if needed to communicate between our attorneys and the client and family. Please notify our law office if any additional accommodations related to your disability or impairment are necessary to make your consultation more comfortable.



Greg Smith and Associates
111 E. 5600 S. #105
Murray, UT 84107

Salt Lake City, UT

801-651-1512


Typically No Retainer - Easy Payments. *Call for details.


Greg Smith and Associates, Criminal Law Attorneys, represent clients in Salt Lake City (SLC) and all throughout the state of Utah.


DISCLAIMER: I understand that I am contacting a corporation, not an individual, and that if I do business with the law firm, it will be with that corporation, not any individual(s). I understand that Greg Smith and Associates is not the legal name of the law firm, rather, it is "Aafordable Legal Advocates, PC." I also understand that whatever may relate to, or arise out of, any communication with the law firm, which results in any type of legal action, such must be brought in the Third District Court of Utah, West Jordan Department, and that this is mandatory not permissive.


© 2020 by Greg Smith and Associates. All rights reserved.     Disclaimer  |  Site Map  |  Privacy Policy

Disclaimer

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

The user and reader of this information should beware because although we strive to keep the information timely and accurate, there will often be a delay between official publication of the materials and their appearance in or modification of this system, and every case must be looked at individually. Thus, we make no express or implied guarantees that the information on this site is correct, and it should not be relied upon. The Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations remain the official sources for regulatory information published by the Department of Labor, and before you do anything, you should consult an attorney, who can review the specifics of your matter. We will make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention, but laws and regulations are constantly changing, and we may at times even misinterpret them.

×