5 Reasons Why Investing in a Legal Defense for Reckless Driving is Worth It

Sure, you can consider hiring a general defense attorney to represent you in your reckless driving case, but is that really the best use of your time and money? If you’re not convinced that you need to hire a lawyer who specializes in reckless driving, take a few minutes to read these five reasons why investing in a specialized legal defense can be well worth it. After that, keep reading to find out what you should look for in an attorney.

1. The Case Outcome Could be Better with an Experienced Lawyer

Although you might have a perfectly logical reason for exceeding the speed limit, defending yourself is likely never the best option unless you have legal training. Even then, hiring a trained attorney who is well-versed in traffic laws and has experience negotiating reckless driving cases could result in the best outcome. You might also be concerned about the cost of hiring representation, but your fines and court costs could add up to considerably more if you are convicted of the charges.  If you haven’t already, learn how to build an emergency fund to help take care of unexpected costs like a legal defense.

2. The Attorney Will Have Confidence in Representing You

An attorney who doesn’t specialize in reckless driving cases might not seem knowledgeable and confident enough for you to consider hiring him, but one who specializes in these kinds of traffic law cases will. Look for an attorney who is confident in his ability to represent you and has the experience to back up his claims. For example, Schwartzapfel lawyers in New York state their qualifications up front, “We are not just another law firm out there trying to make a name for itself. On the contrary, we are experienced criminal lawyers, who have been fully trained to handle cases related to traffic offenses specifically.”

3. Your Job Requires You to Drive

If your license is suspended, you might be able to make arrangements to get where you need to go without actually driving. But if a requirement of your present job is driving, and you’re facing the consequences of a suspended license, you’ll have major issues. In fact, you’ll no longer be able to drive legally as part of your job, which might cause you to lose your job and your income.

4. You’ve Had Other Traffic-Related Convictions

If you have other traffic-related convictions on your record, the court might take them into account when deciding whether to convict you of reckless driving. Other traffic convictions can make you seem like a careless driver in general, which can be even more difficult to defend on your own.

5. You Were Speeding Way Above the Speed Limit

Although 20 miles or over above the speed limit is considered reckless driving, the faster you were going, and the circumstances surrounding your speed all have a bearing on your case. If you were speeding way above the speed limit, especially in an area where foot traffic is known to occur, it would likely be more difficult to defend your actions.

What You Should Look for in an Attorney

Now that you know why investing in specialized legal representation is worth it, here’s a few things you should look for in an attorney.

1. Free Consultation

Look for an attorney that offers a free consultation, so that you can meet the attorney and explain your situation. Sitting down in advance with an attorney who you might choose to represent you can help you get a feel for how attentive the attorney will be, how informed he is and whether you feel comfortable turning your legal defense over to him — all for no cost.

2. Payment Options

Find out in advance what kind of payment options the attorney can provide you with should you choose to hire him. For example, you might want to use a credit card for payment, so you can pay off your debt gradually instead of having to pay in full up front.

3. Possibility That the Lawyer You Consult With Will be the One Who Works With You

Sometimes that attorney you consult with might not be the one that ultimately represents you in your case. That could be a disappointing turn of events if the attorney you initially consulted with made you feel comfortable and confident about working with him. To avoid surprises, ask if you’ll be working with the lawyer you consult with or if another lawyer will possibly be assigned to your case.

We Bought a SNOO Smart Bassinet – And Made a Profit!

It’s been 7 months since our 2nd daughter, Talia, was born, and I can finally write about our experience buying and selling our SNOO. For those unfamiliar with what makes this bassinet so special, here’s a video clip showing it in action:

About a month after she was born, we were ready to get some sleep, but Talia had other ideas. She was still waking up every 2-3 hours, and it was making us crazy. We knew that there was an option to buy a SNOO, but they’re really expensive, and could they really work that well? The price on the site was $1,160 plus tax plus shipping, so the total would have ended up being nearly $1,300 – and it wouldn’t have even arrived for 3 weeks!

We Caved and Bought One

We wanted sleep, but $1,300 seemed like a bit too much to pay. After all, parents have been dealing with crying babies for thousands of years, and if they could survive, surely we could. So I started looking on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for something more reasonable, and after a few days of waffling, finally decided that we’d buy a used one for $650.

I figured that our worst case scenario was that we’d use it for a few months and sell it again for $300-$400. If I could buy it for $650, I should be able to sell it for that much, too, right? And even if we took a bit of a loss, getting some sleep was going to be worth it!

We Got Our Sleep Back!

We got the Snoo, set it up, adjusted the settings (it’s kind of intense at first!), and within a few days, Talia started sleeping just a bit longer each night, and not having to sit there shushing her and instead being able to stay in bed was really nice.

At around 6 months, she was beginning to outgrow it, so I got ready to sell it. I put it on Facebook Marketplace with a $750 price tag, hoping I could make a nice profit on it! I got a few bites, but not at the price I wanted. I was happy to be patient, but I got a message with an interesting proposition: someone wanted to rent it out over Thanksgiving for visiting family. We agreed on $100 for a week, which sounded fantastic to me, and she picked it up and delivered it back to us without any issues.

Then I listed it on Facebook again with a reduced price of $700, and agreed to sell it for $650 a few days later. They came to pick it up and handed us same amount of cold hard cash that we had paid just a few months earlier.

All in all, we got to use the Snoo for 5 months, and were left with an extra $100 and countless hours of sleep than we started with.

Prioritising Your Spending This Christmas

When the festive season rolls around, it is easy to become distracted by the deals and the lists that your children or friends and family have given you, to the point where you may even consider looking at payday loans to help you cover the cost. However, this does not have to be the case so save the loan for a potential financial emergency and read on to see our tips on prioritising your spending on the lead up to Christmas

Set a Budget

One of the simple ways to prioritise your spending is to set a budget. Whether this is an overall budget or a budget per person this will help to cut the overall cost and allow you to enjoy the shopping experience. You can also apply a budget to Christmas food as well as your gifts, to help ensure that you have all the essentials for your festive feast without breaking the bank. This budget that you set yourself is crucial to stick to because although it may be tempting to splash the cash on some succulent sausages or spend money on the finest bubbly for the grandparents, this can all add up to a hefty sum when looking at the bank statement in January!

Search For Deals!

Shopping around the holiday season can be manic, with people fighting for the last gift for their loved ones and others wandering the store with tensions running high trying to find the right present, it can seem tempting to just grab something and go. However, by searching for deals on your key items that you need, you can find them for the cheapest price. This will help you to prioritize your savings and aid your financial status in the long term.

Order Online

Alternatively, if you want to avoid the Christmas rush entirely, then why not plan ahead? By ordering online, you can not only find yourself some amazing deals but you can have them sent to your house in plenty of time. Also with a number of unmissable discounts online available over the Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend, you may be able to find yourself some outstanding savings on that must have Christmas gift you have planned for a loved one!

Shop Around

When a gift that your loved one really wants is out of stock it can be a very stressful time. However, it is important to remember that some of the stores that you find online may stock your item at varying prices. By shopping around you allow yourself the option to look for the gift from multiple retailers and who knows you may even find an alternative gift that they will love even more!

With these tips as well as a number of others, you can be sure that you will have a completely stress free Christmas period, allowing you to spend time with loved ones and enjoy the most important gift of family. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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