What to Expect If You Choose To Fight a Traffic Ticket

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When you receive a ticket for a traffic violation, sometimes you’re well aware of the mistake you made. However, there are situations in which a ticket is debatable. If you question the validity of the accusation against you, you may decide to fight the ticket. Even in those cases, some people decide it’s not worth it to put up a fight and decide to just pay the ticket and move on with their life.

Depending on the type of violation you’re accused of committing, a traffic ticket can be quite expensive. Before you jump in and make a hasty decision regarding whether to fight the traffic ticket or not, here are some things you should take into consideration.

Should You Fight the Ticket?

Choosing to fight your traffic ticket can cause a lot of anxiety. Will you make a good impression in court? Will you be too nervous to speak eloquently enough to argue your case? Should you hire an attorney? How do you prepare for your case and how long does that take? Is there a possibility that you could lose your license?

When considering whether or not to fight the ticket, you’ll need to do some research. It would be best to call an attorney to get some feedback about your case. Informing them of what you’ve been accused of, as well as the extenuating circumstances will give them the information they need to help you decide whether to fight the ticket or not. It might also be a good idea to either call your insurance company or do some research online to see if the ticket you’ve been issued could raise your car insurance rates.

Whether you have an attorney on your side or not preparing your case is going to take some time. Do you have the necessary time to do this? Will your employer allow you time off to go to court or meet with your attorney? When choosing to fight a ticket, you may not have to pay the fine, but you will have to spend some time and money on your case.

Choosing Not to Fight It—The Best Option?

There are pros and cons with everything in life. Just because you choose to pay your ticket doesn’t mean the situation is finished. If you don’t fight a ticket, you could end up spending hours in traffic school or studying traffic laws in an online course. In addition, your insurance rates could increase and the traffic violation will stay on your record. And, if you’ve had multiple violations, you could lose the privilege of driving. If you are concerned about any of these scenarios, contact an attorney to discuss your options. 

Making the decision to fight your traffic ticket or not is an important one and should be carefully considered. To help you make the most informed decision, call the law office of John C. Fitzpatrick. They have your best interests in mind and will give you the vital information needed to make the best decision.