Got a Speeding Ticket?
It happens to the best of us. You’re driving down the road, rocking out to your 1980’s playlist, and then “WOOOP WOOP” you hear that horrifying siren and see the flashing lights in your rear view mirror. Doh!
So what do you do now? You have a few options:
With some tickets, you can just pay them off. THIS IS ALMOST ALWAYS A TERRIBLE IDEA! Paying off a ticket is pleading guilty, and that gets you a conviction, and a conviction can have dramatic consequences; I can’t tell you how many times someone has called me about being surprised that their license was revoked after they paid off a ticket. Yep, that happens. Even if it doesn’t, a lot of these charges will raise your insurance rates, sometimes nearly doubling it for three years! You should talk to an attorney before you do this.
You might also want to appear in court on your own and try to work it out. Good luck. Law school took me three years, and when I first started practicing I still had no idea how to handle speeding tickets. After a year or so of handling them, I felt more comfortable. Maybe after you get about 75 tickets you’ll figure it out.
…or you could just hire an attorney! Do that. For a reasonable fee, you don’t have to waste your time in court for a full work day, AND you’ll probably get an outcome that wouldn’t have been as bad as had you done it on your own. Spending a few bucks now can save you a lot of money and hassle later.
If you get a ticket, talk to an attorney. It’s the smart thing to do.
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