Can a lawyer beat your traffic ticket?

He boasts a 95 percent success rate at keeping traffic violations off his clients' driving records. The key, he says, is a savvy staff that screens his cases and knows where his time is best spent.

Like most traffic attorneys, Eutsler has no interest whatsoever in whether you're innocent or guilty. For a ticket attorney, it is far more important to know who ticketed you and where. That determines the court in which your case will be called.

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Preferring the smaller ponds

His best chance for success is in the overcrowded City of Houston Municipal Court; his worst in the tiny justice of the peace courts that dot the suburbs.

"In some of these little towns, we won't even practice because we know we can't do much to help," he says. "In the City of Houston, it is much more likely that the case will be dismissed or the officer won't show up."

Frank agrees: "Different counties are different. Some counties, mistakes don't matter to them -- if you've got a ticket, you've got to deal with it."

Eutsler figures that 95 percent of those ticketed for speeding are guilty. He doesn't spend a lot of time arguing otherwise.

Instead, as a day-to-day participant for the defense, he works with the judge and prosecutor in a friendly adversarial manner to determine which cases will go on to a costly jury trial and which won't. Remember, jurisdictions want to make money, not spend it.


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