TRAFFIC TICKETS - Overview
A traffic ticket is not a simple matter! Simply paying a traffic summons does not end the matter since the DMV puts POINTS on your license for most traffic infractions. Just two or three summonses on your record can total up to enough points for you to lose your license. In some cases even ONE violation can cause you to lose your license! This is why it is important to defend yourself against a traffic summons even if it is only your first violation.
YOUR INSURANCE WILL GO UP SUBSTANTIALLY!
The insurance law permits companies to impose steep increases upon people who are convicted of traffic violations. In some cases, an insurance company could increase your premiums up to an additional 50% depending on your driving record. Just one traffic violation can cost you thousands of dollars in additional insurance costs! Worst of all, the insurance increases stay with you for more than three years after you pay the ticket!
First of all, you should aggressively defend yourself. Just because you were issued a ticket does not mean that you are automatically guilty. You are entitled to plead not guilty and to have your day in court. Keep in mind that good preparation is essential to a successful outcome. Taking photographs, contacting witnesses and creating diagrams will help you to convincingly present your side of the story. You may also consider hiring counsel to aid you in the presenting of your defense.
HOW CAN AN ATTORNEY HELP?
Traffic court is very much like any other legal proceeding. Law is unfamiliar territory to most people. This makes it difficult for many to be able to make an effective presentation. When you fight your ticket, you are likely to face a police officer who has been to traffic court before and knows how to present his case well. Being represented by an attorney can increase your chances of winning your case. An attorney familiar with the court rules can help to present your case in a more logical and persuasive fashion.