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The way Illinois-based owner-operator Gary Buchs found a lawyer to represent him in an unfamiliar area was simple. His choice was based on little more than intuition after scanning local ads for traffic-ticket specialists in the jurisdiction where his ticket was written.
Using a referral service operated by a state, county or city bar association also may yield good results. Membership in a state or local bar typically means the attorney is licensed to practice there. The website of the Tennessee Bar Association refers those looking for legal representation to one of three regional hotlines, while the State Bar of Texas offers an online lookup service by legal areas of specialization, including traffic tickets.
Most every state and many local jurisdictions have something similar. Visit the state websites listed below for more information, or search more local jurisdictions online.
Legal fees often are negotiable upfront and may come at flat rates. In addition to potentially removing the citation from your record, legal representation often can save you from having to make an appearance on an inconvenient date.
State bar associations
New Hampshire, NHBar.org
New Jersey, NJsba.com
New Mexico, NMBar.org
New York, NYsba.org
North Carolina, NCBar.org
North Dakota, SbaND.org
Rhode Island, RIBar.com
South Carolina, SCBar.org
South Dakota, StateBarofSouthDakota.com
West Virginia, WVBar.org