Most South Carolinians are familiar with a section of constitutional law where a person has the right to an attorney, where one can expect an appointed attorney if he or she does not have his or her own. This is the case for most criminal trials. Can you have a court-appointed lawyer for traffic court?
When you receive a traffic ticket, you will also receive a date to appear before a judge. Now, there are ways that you can dispose of the case before the court date. You may waive your court date or request a dismissal. If you choose to waive an offense, this is essentially you pleading guilty and accepting the consequences of your actions.
In traffic court, there are a number of different violations. Some traffic stops are more serious. They may involve drunk or reckless driving, which tends to hold a higher sentence than speeding. Many minor stops result in a fine to the driver.
A person has every right to hire an attorney, if need be, for a traffic violation. However, the court does not have to appoint one for most cases. There are exceptions to this rule. For instance, if you are facing jail time for your traffic stop or if you owe a fine of over $500, then you may request an attorney. Most traffic cases do not progress to a full trial. You can request a trial if you think it would be a smart idea.
All of the information above is simply to explain whether you can have an attorney for traffic court. Nothing above is legal advice.