FrankQC; Either you are very young, hardly ever drive any where or are extremely lucky. In any event, you have never had a speeding ticket that you pled guilty to. In most states, your insurance costs for the next five years (some places longer) will far exceed the cost of the lawyer. Of course there are fifty states and I have only had tickets in about three of them. Maybe Texas insurance is more lenient. ( I doubt it) Where I'm from, even if the total cost, which I believe would be excessive, is two hundred dollars, it would be a bargain compared to having points on your license. If you are a truck drive, in a lot of places A speeding ticket on your license will also cost your job. don't believe the system is out there to help you, never plead guilty. Don't believe me, ask O.J. Simpson. In my opinion, avoid points on your licence at any cost. Never appologise, never indicate you did any thing wrong, never plead guilty, always be curteous, but never indicate you give permission for any thing. Always refuse to let an officer intimidate you or search you, your vehicle or your home, except after you stress you strongly object to the search and you ask if you can call your lawyer first. for more insight, You might check out some of the videos on norml.com for examples of police officers trying to do what they believe is right for them, and to make a good impression at work, possibly get a raise. They are not working to help the public, but rather to support their own families. Unfortunatly most citizens of the United States don't realize the freedoms we have lost in the name of protecting us. but then this was my short answer.