February 21, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Can I Really Get A Ticket For Text Messaging While I Drive? Why You Need An Experienced Law Firm To Help You Handle Traffic Tickets.

In California, under California Vehicle Code Section 23123.5(a), a person my not drive a car while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication. This law is currently in effect and you can be cited for an infraction for violating this law with a first-time fine of $20 and $50 for every subsequent ticket. Also, you could be required to attend court which could greatly interrupt your school and/or work schedule.

However, there are certain arguments that an attorney can make on your behalf to fight the ticket. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23123(c) a person will not be considered reading, writing, or sending a text message communication for dialing or entering in a phone number or name to make a telephone call or for receiving a phone call. Therefore, if you were cited for sending a text message and were in fact attempting to make a phone call or receiving one, an experienced California traffic ticket attorney can make the argument that you were not in fact sending or reading a text message but were attempting to make a phone call or receiving one. It is important that you hire an experienced attorney to defend your rights in court and make these arguments that an inexperienced attorney would overlook. And, although the fine is low, by pulling you over for this infraction, you could be caught for another Vehicle Code violation or Penal Code violation that you did not even think about and that could result in significant penalties including points on your record or possibly jail time.

It is imperative that you hire an experienced California criminal defense law firm to defend your rights in court on traffic ticket matters. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years experience in handling traffic tickets, as well as any other criminal defense matter, and can aggressively and effectively represent you in court to fight to get your case resolved to your satisfaction.

For a free consultation to discuss your traffic ticket offense please call us at (888) 280-6839. Our staff of attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any of your questions. You can also visit us at www.wklaw.com for more information.

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