June 24, 2019

Auto Accidents: A Summer Holiday Hazard

Independence Day is right around the corner, and with it will come the barbecues, fireworks and family get togethers. Spending time outdoors at the beach or in the backyard enjoying the company of family and friends is a highlight of the summer. But did you know that the Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous holidays for auto accidents in the US?

There are several reasons for this including:  increased alcohol use at social gatherings, many people taking time off work, which results in a higher number of cars on the road, and travelers driving on unfamiliar roads to get to their holiday destination. Whatever the reasons, extra care and caution need to be taken by everyone to stay safe over the Fourth of July weekend.

Sometimes accidents do happen, but we all know there are things we can do to avoid accidents or mitigate their severity. If you are hosting family and friends, make sure they know where they are going and make sure they are driving sober. If you are hosting family and friends, be mindful as the party winds down; make sure that drivers are leaving sober and that drinkers have designated drivers. Make sure out of town guests know where they are going and how to get there. GPS makes this easier than in years past, but unfamiliar roads are still a hazard.

If you do have an accident you can get answers here to many common questions about motor vehicle accidents.  If you or someone you know finds themselves in an accident over the holiday and you need legal help, call or text us. Contant Law 617-227-8383.

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June 11, 2019

What You Need to Know When Deciding Whether to Appeal a Traffic Offense

You’re driving along minding your business when the flashing blue lights appear in your rear-view mirror. You pull over to let the police car go by and your heart sinks when he pulls up behind you. You go through the customary steps, finding out why you’ve been pulled over, offering license and registration, and receiving the citation and a caution not to do it again. Back on the road you’re annoyed at the inconvenience and financial hit but resign yourself to paying the fine and moving on. But should you just pay it and move on? Is appealing that traffic ticket worth the headache? Your answer depends on a couple of things.

When deciding whether to appeal the traffic citation you need to determine whether it is a civil or criminal infraction. If it is a civil infraction, you need to determine if the fine is the only punishment – there are times when a civil infraction can have consequences beyond the fine, sometimes lasting consequences. Be sure you know the full extent of the punishment if your citation is civil. If there are consequences greater than a fine, we often counsel our clients to appeal the citation. If you receive a criminal citation and are NOT arrested, we recommend that you should always appeal. Read more here about the factors you need to consider to decide whether to appeal.

If you are in doubt about whether to appeal a traffic infraction, you should contact us. We can help you determine any long term-consequences that might exist and help you make an informed decision about whether to pay the fine or appeal.  If you need legal help, call or text us. Contant Law 617-227-8383.

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