FAQ

Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding traffic citations and how the Law Office of Ryan M. Cohen can help you keep your driving record clean.

Why should I hire a San Antonio traffic lawyer?

It is important to understand your rights and options when you receive a traffic citation. Often times, traffic lawyers will appear on your behalf and help you dismiss the citation you received. You should contact the Law Office of Ryan M. Cohen ("RMC") as soon as you receive a traffic citation.

How much do you charge?

RMC charges a flat-fee of $79 per citation (not violation!). This amount represents the attorney's fees, and does not include your court fines and penalties (the dollar amount on the citation).

For example, let's assume you received a traffic citation for speeding and the fine on the citation is $190. Because you received one citation with one violation, your total costs would be a flat-fee of $269.  ($79 (one violation) + $190 (citation fine amount) = $269).

 The court may also add additional fees for deferred disposition and/or defensive driving. RMC's fees are for Class C Misdemeanors, which is the majority of traffic violations. Additional $25 per warrant fee. It also does not include trial (trial is unlikely in most circumstances).

What happens if I "just pay the fine" and submit payment to the court?

Sometimes, if you submit payment to the court online or by mail, you might be convicted of the underlying violations you received. This can cause unforeseen consequences, such as increased points to your driving record, increased insurance premiums, additional fines, surcharges, or even a suspension of your driving privileges.

What steps do you take to get me the best deal possible?

In most circumstances, the Law Office of Ryan M. Cohen will appear on your behalf in order to plea bargain with the court. This usually entails pleading for deferred adjudication (and/or defensive driving if under the age of 25).  RMC's main goal is to help you keep convictions off of your driving record.

I have a warrant for my traffic tickets. What should I do?

If there is a warrant issued because of your unpaid traffic violations, RMC will send a letter of representation to the court in an effort to lift the warrant. There is an additional $25 fee per warrant lifted.

Do I have to attend court with you?

No, you do not need to attend court.  The Law Office of Ryan M. Cohen will appear on your behalf, and all communication between client and attorney will be by telephone or email. In fact, you will not need to make any office visits, court visits, or attend any appointments of any kind.

Can I sign up for defense driving?

To be eligible for a driving safety course you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must not have completed a driving safety course in the previous 12 months or be in the process of taking one;
  • If you received a speeding citation,  you cannot have been going more than 24 miles over the posted speed limit;
  • You must be at least 17 years of age;
  • Your driver’s license cannot have been a commercial drivers license (CDL), or you cannot have been the holder of a CDL at the time of the offense
  • You must present proof of insurance.

The court may also request a certified copy of your driving record. There are some specific offenses for which a driving safety course cannot be completed. Please contact RMC for more information.

What is deferred disposition?

In essence, if you are eligible for deferred disposition, the court will accept your no contest plea, and in exchange for your plea they will place you on "probation". As long as you complete your probation terms, the court will discharge you from probation and dismiss the offense against you without finding you guilty. Most commonly, the probationary terms require you to not receive another traffic citation for 120 to 150 days. The court may also request a copy of your driver's record. The deferred disposition process varies by court.

What if I have a Commercial Driver's License?

If you carry a Commercial Driver's License, then you probably know how important it is that you are not convicted of the traffic citation you received. To give you the best chance of not receiving a citation, RMC will request a trial. Please contact RMC directly for pricing.

How many points will I get if convicted?

That depends on whether the violation you were cited for involved an auto accident. Here’s how the point distribution breaks down:

  • Texas or out-of-state moving violation conviction: 2 points
  • Texas or out-of-state moving violation conviction that resulted in a crash: 3 points
How many driving record points can I accumulate before the state suspends my TX driver’s license?

When it comes to traffic tickets and the points that go along with these infractions, the state will suspend your Texas driver’s license if you:

  • Get 4 or more convictions for moving violations occurring separately within any 12 months
  • Or 7 or more within any 24 month
What do I need to do?

Go back to the home page and click the "Sign Up" button. Fill out that form, and RMC will review and get in touch with you one way or another.

If it looks like you have a promising case, we can discuss entering into a formal representation agreement to represent you regarding your traffic violations.

Simply filling out the form does not commit either of us to taking any action, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. It is just a way to get in touch with one another and allow me to evaluate your case.

Who are you?

I am Ryan M. Cohen, an attorney based in San Antonio, TX. I am a 2015 graduate of Texas A&M University School of Law and 2012 graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio (Go 'Runners!). I am licensed to practice in TX, as well as the U.S. District Court- Southern District of Texas. I concentrate my practice areas to family law, property tax protest, and traffic violations.

You can find more about me at my law firm's website. Or just call me at (210) 501-7919.

Why should I hire a San Antonio traffic lawyer?

How much do you charge?

What happens if I "just pay the fine" and submit payment to the court?

What steps do you take to get me the best deal possible?

Do I have to attend court with you?

I have a warrant for my traffic tickets. what should I do?

Can I sign up for defense driving?

What is deferred disposition?

What if I have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)?

How many points will I get if convicted?

How many driving records point can I accumulate before the state suspends my TX driver's license?

What do I need to do?

Who are you?