Should I Fight A Traffic Ticket? Thoughts From A Defense Attorney
- January 28, 2014
- Brendon Debolski
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After receiving a traffic ticket, you might be pondering whether or not you should fight the ticket, or accept it and move on. There are several things to consider when deciding how to handle the traffic violation. You might take into consideration your driving record prior to receiving the ticket and figure out how this ticket could affect that. You might also want to find out how this ticket could increase your car insurance rates and whether or not it could have any impact on your driving privileges.
Traffic violations have varying degrees of seriousness. Depending on the type of ticket the driver has received and the possible consequences that go along with it, the driver will have to make a decision to fight the traffic violation or to accept it. It is usually advisable to contest serious violations.
If you decide to fight a ticket, the first thing you should do is hire an attorney who can help you with this legal matter. When fighting a traffic ticket, the attorney will present the client’s case to the judge and argue why his or her client’s ticket should be reduced or dropped. In many situations, tickets are dropped given the client and/or attorney is well prepared to defend the driver’s innocence. A good attorney knows the law in and out and can use certain legal technicalities to protect the driver’s rights.
If you don’t fight the ticket, you could end up suffering some significant consequences. Often when a driver accepts their traffic violation, they are required to pay fines, accept points on their driving record, spend time and money in traffic school, pay higher insurance premiums, and experience a possible loss of driving privileges.
There are many legal grounds on which traffic tickets get reduced or dropped. This means that if you decide to fight your ticket, you might have a good chance of beating it. If you have gotten a traffic ticket, the first thing you should do is contact a defense attorney to discuss your ticket. The attorney should be able to guide you in the right direction on whether you should fight the ticket or accept it as is.