When you get a ticket for a traffic violation, you might think it's best to simply pay the fine and avoid the hassle of going to court. However, it's often worthwhile to fight your ticket, especially if you're facing serious charges. If you're unsure, consider the following reasons to challenge your violation.
Why You Shouldn’t Automatically Pay Your Traffic Ticket
1. Damaging Convictions
Every time you settle your fees for a ticket, you get a conviction, as it's equivalent to pleading guilty to the traffic violation. Doing this puts points on your driving record and increases the possibility of having your license suspended or revoked. Be prepared to pay additional fees if you're getting your license reinstated, and don't be surprised if you also have to deal with higher insurance rates as your points accumulate.
2. Significant Fines
Entering a guilty plea for your traffic violation will have you paying fines that could quickly add up. If you receive multiple tickets, you have to pay the surcharge of each one. Also, the more driving points you already have, the more you have to pay in surcharges for later tickets. Choosing to go to traffic court gives you the chance to have your fines and fees reduced or removed altogether.
3. Potential to Win
Despite what you might think, judges in traffic court aren't eager to impose the harshest sanctions for each violation. There are usually many defenses that you can use to fight your charges, though you’ll often have a higher chance of success if an experienced lawyer represents you. Keep in mind that some traffic violations can land you in jail, and it'll be in your best interest to fight this kind of punishment. Also, never agree to automatically pay for your ticket if you're sure you didn't do anything against the law.
If you’re facing traffic violation charges, turn to a law firm that’s well-equipped to defend your rights and fight your ticket. The skillful and dedicated legal team at Ozman Law Offices in Walden, NY, will be with you every step of the way when you require representation in your case. Call their office today at (845) 778-7777 to schedule a free consultation, or visit their website to get in touch online.