Traffic Offenses

I got a ticket in SC, what do I do now?

Getting a speeding ticket or other traffic ticket can be stressful, frustrating, and can leave you confused about how to avoid negative consequences to your license, insurance, and wallet.

The Thompson & Hiller Defense Firm regularly handles traffic tickets for our clients, and we’ve been helping our clients with traffic violations for years. We know the courts, traffic laws, local procedures, how to negotiate with officers and courts, and how to try a traffic ticket if we don’t get the result we are looking for.

What Are the Penalties for Traffic Tickets in SC?

The potential consequences for traffic violations in SC can include:

  • Fines;
  • Points on your license;
  • Increased insurance premiums;
  • License suspension; and even
  • Jail time for some violations.

When you are charged with a traffic violation, it pays to have an experienced criminal defense attorney handle your case.

Traffic Ticket in SC?

At the Thompson & Hiller Defense Firm, we handle all traffic offenses, including speeding tickets, DUS (driving under suspension), DUI (drunk driving), reckless driving, and careless operation.

We understand the special considerations that are involved if you are licensed in another state, such as North Carolina, but receive a ticket in South Carolina. More information on SC traffic tickets and what we do for our clients can be found on our website:

How Do I Fight a Traffic Ticket in SC?

First, call the Thompson & Hiller Defense Firm. We don’t “dabble” in criminal defense or traffic violations - it is all we do, all day long.

Many of our traffic ticket clients live out of state, and do not have to return for their court dates.

In most traffic cases, the first thing that we do is request a jury trial. Once we have requested a jury trial, you do not have to appear on the initial court date that is written on your ticket (this was a “bench trial” date where the officer and the court expect you to plead guilty).

Your case is moved to the “jury trial roster,” and the next court date will be what is called a roster meeting or pretrial conference. At the roster meeting, we will set a trial date if your ticket has not already been resolved – most cases are resolved either at the roster meeting or on the morning of the “trial date.”

In many cases, we can get your ticket dismissed, reduced, or rewritten to an offense that will not affect your license or that minimizes the effects on your license. In other cases, we intend to try the case if it is not dismissed – the goal and desired outcome will depend on the circumstances of the traffic stop, the type of violation, and the potential effect on your license.

SC Traffic Ticket Attorney in Myrtle Beach, Columbia, and Lexington

Lacey Thompson accepts only criminal cases including SC traffic violations, and routinely handles traffic offenses for her clients in SC’s magistrate and municipal courts.

If you were written a ticket in the Myrtle Beach, Lexington, or Columbia, SC, areas, call the Thompson & Hiller Defense Firm now at (843) 444-6122 or contact us online for a free consultation.

Client Reviews
Mindi and Laura were an amazing team team in helping my son with a traffic violation. There responsiveness from answering my phone call, to being able to pay the invoice online, showing up to court and representing my son for a ticket in less than 24 hours. Not to mention successfully having the ticket dismissed. The process was explained to us clearly each step of the way. This allowed us to prepare for any possible ramifications as well being patient with any questions we may have had. Even if the ticket did not get dismissed the care and attention they showed towards my son's situation made us feel very safe in their good hands for this legal matter. N. Jones
I retained Lacey Thompson & Hiller, defense firm for a difficult domestic violence case. She provided a strategy that won my case. Her legal skills are great, but just as important she's a supportive attorney who truly cares and her advice was spot on. I'll always be thankful. Besides Lacey, all the staff that I worked with at Thompson & Hiller firm were terrific: competent, professional, and personable. I recommend Lacey Thompson to everybody who needs a defense attorney. Anonymous
Attorney Laura Hiller, assisted me in 2013 by representing my daughter who at the time was only (14) years old in a juvenile criminal case being tried as an adult. The State charged her with murder. The claims at the time were completely shocking to myself and my daughter at the time and I wasn't sure what to do or who I needed to assist me with this. That's when I met Laura, who in all honesty kept me sane and hopeful through the entire process. She was so thorough when it came to gathering all information from all parties involved, aggressive when stepping into the courtroom, and behind the scenes. Most importantly though she was invested in proving my daughters innocence and I will forever be grateful for her and her work. My daughter's case was dismissed! Definitely who you want in your corner, whether the case is big or small. L.P.M.