Most of us find it easier to just pay the fine rather than fighting the ticket and having to show up in traffic court. But there are times when fighting a traffic ticket may be well worth your time and energy.
There are a number of things to take into consideration when deciding to fight a traffic ticket:
- How will paying a ticket affect your case?
- Are there advantages to attending traffic school?
- How to know when to fight a traffic ticket.
One of the questions that may help you answer the fight or pay issue is whether the ticket is potentially going to cost you more in car insurance; is it going to mean higher premiums?
A lawyer can help you break down the specifics of a law, which police officers don’t necessarily know. Once the law has been broken down into its components, you may be able to show that your behavior didn’t meet the exact prohibitions contained in the law. This way you will have been able to show a judge that you did not break the law at all.
When you first get a ticket – don’t run to pay it. Paying a ticket is usually considered an admission of guilt. Instead, find out how to get your day in court.
Many jurisdictions offer traffic school. You will have to attend a certain number of classes, and then your charges will be dismissed or reduced. Consult an attorney to learn the law in your state. If traffic school is a good option for you, request it from the prosecutor or judge.
Of course, the easiest way to win a traffic court case is if the police officer does not show up for court. Remember, you have a constitutional right to question your accuser, which in this case would be the officer who gave you the ticket. If he doesn’t show up, you will typically win your case.
If you have questions about a traffic ticket, or other legal concerns, consult our Online Legal Directory to find an attorney in your area.