Traffic tickets may seem like a minor inconvenience in the abstract, but that’s often because most of us go a long time without receiving one. With more time that goes by, the more complacent we get, and then we end up making careless driving errors that result in unexpectedly large consequences, including:
- Money – a traffic ticket can come with a surprisingly hefty fine.
- Points – a traffic ticket can result in diminished driving reputation with points accruing on your driver’s license (sometimes lasting as long as three years).
- Increased Insurance Costs – traffic tickets can get you labeled as an insurance risk, so you end up paying twice or even three times as much as the normal premium for your coverage.
- Loss of license – if the violation was severe enough, your license can be taken away altogether.
To help you avoid or mitigate these consequences, follow this advice.
Be Friendly And Respectful To The Police Officer
Even if the officer is confrontational, you aren’t likely to make things anything but worse if you return their attitude in kind. If the officer is polite, then showing politeness in return will likely make things better for you, getting you off with a warning or significantly lower consequences than you would receive otherwise.
However, that does not mean admitting to any wrong doing. That will only make things more difficult if you end up taking your case to court. If you can, record the interaction in some way – but don’t make a big deal about it.
Do Not Pay The Fine Right Away
Paying your ticket immediately is legally admitting guilt and thus you waive your right to attorney representation.
Instead, sleep on it. Nothing is going to happen regarding your case in the next week or two. You have plenty of time to work on fully understanding your charges and gathering up evidence that can later be used to fight your ticket in court. Audio or video recordings are a great place to start, as well as any eyewitnesses.
Contact A Reliable Attorney
Getting traffic ticket representation can provide you with help in your case no matter what kind of traffic ticket has been issued. Most people don’t understand the law very well, and it is up to your attorney to effectively represent you in court. Hiring the right attorney to represent your case is the best way of effectively beating a traffic ticket.
What To Expect – The Legal Process Of Fighting A Traffic Ticket
Your traffic ticket will have a court date and a price that you are expected to pay. If you’ve hired a traffic ticket attorney to represent you, they can often show up to court on your behalf – you don’t even have to be present.
Your attorney will argue your case with the intention of a full dismissal of all traffic violation charges. Your charge will be dropped if:
- The officer who issued the ticket fails to show up in court
- Your case has insufficient evidence to convict you of a crime
- The officer failed to include certain information on your ticket required for a conviction