As you make your way down the road, the last thing you want to see is police lights in your rearview mirror.
Being pulled over for any type of traffic violation can bring stress to your life, especially if your driving record already has a few red marks on it.
There are times when it makes good sense to pay a traffic ticket and move on with your life. For example, if you know you broke the law and don't have any past tickets, you can pay your fine and do your best to avoid a similar situation in the future.
Conversely, there are also situations in which you should fight to have the ticket dismissed. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- If the officer does not show up in court, it almost always results in an automatic dismissal
- Depending on the type of ticket, you may be able to attend traffic school as a means of having it dismissed
- You have the legal right to dispute the officer's opinion of what happened, such as by challenging his or her judgment
- You can dispute the officer's evidence by presenting additional information, such as eyewitness statements of what happened
There is no guarantee that fighting a traffic ticket will work in your favor, but there is nothing wrong with trying.
This is particularly important if you don't have the money to pay a fine and/or another ticket could result in a license suspension or an insurance cancellation. Rather than take this risk, you can devise a defense strategy with the hopes of coming out on top.
In an overall sense, a traffic ticket is a criminal violation. Of course, these are not nearly as serious as some other crimes, which is why there are separate courts that deal specifically with traffic tickets.
If you're ready to fight back, you need to learn more about your legal rights and potential defense strategies. This will help you decide what to do next.