Katy, TX asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas

Q: In Texas, if you're pulled over for speeding, is it proper for a sheriff's deputy to tell you not to hire an attorney?

I was pulled over in a ghost town speed trap in far west Texas by a sheriff's deputy around midnight. When the deputy handed me the ticket, he also handed me a form from the county JP court and asked how I planned to "handle it." I said I hadn't received a speeding ticket in over 20 years, and would probably hire an attorney. The deputy then said something along the lines of "You don't want to do that, when your attorney loses, it's going to go on your record and your insurance will go up." This seemed improper. I'm curious to know if it's illegal for a sheriff's deputy to try to dissuade someone from hiring an attorney in this situation. I have reached out to the sheriff in this county to inquire about filing a complaint, and he said he would "review the video and get back to me." I've reached out a few additional times, and the sheriff has said he hasn't had time to review the video yet. He appears to be slow walking this, probably hoping I'll just go away.

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