Is It Worth Your Time to Fight a Ticket?
Your first instinct might be to quickly pay the ticket and suffer the points added to your driving record. After all, traffic ticket lawyers charge for their services, and you may think it’ll cost more to hire one to fight your ticket than to simply admit guilt. However, there are often solid, cost-effective reasons for fighting the ticket. Maybe you’re on the verge of having too many points that will lead to a suspension of your license. In this situation, it is often more cost-effective to hire an attorney to fight your ticket, since a suspension is a major inconvenience and might force you to use public transportation.
Possibly your insurance premiums will skyrocket if you are convicted of the moving violation. Again, you might save money in the long term by fighting the ticket.
What if you didn’t commit the moving violation, and you’re actually innocent? If the state doesn’t have solid proof of your guilt, you have a decent chance of winning at trial. There is no reason to admit guilt when you are truly innocent.
Each situation is different. Before automatically assuming that fighting your ticket is a waste of time and money, meet with a Monroe traffic lawyer to review your case.
What Defenses Can You Raise When Fighting a Traffic Ticket?
As experienced Monroe traffic lawyers, we have raised all kinds of defenses on behalf of our clients. Some of the more common defenses include:
- The police did not stop the right car, i.e., you did not commit the violation but someone else did. Often, officers are confused about the vehicle that they saw commit a moving violation.
- The weather conditions made it impossible for the officer to see that you were committing the violation.
- The police officer did not properly calibrate or use the speed gun that measured your speed (if you were stopped for speeding).
We may be able to raise other defenses, depending on the violation and other factors. It is critical that you meet with an attorney as soon as possible to review the facts of your case.
What Should You Do When Stopped for a Traffic Violation?
With over 100 years of combined experience, we have seen motorists make some common mistakes when stopped for a moving violation. These errors make it harder to fight a ticket and can completely hamstring any defense. To protect your rights, remember the following:
- Don’t admit to a violation. If the officer asks, “Do you know how fast you were going?” don’t respond, “Too fast?” or “Ten miles per hour over the speed limit.” Instead, you can say, “I don’t know.”
- Don’t be rude to the officer. A police officer can escalate a situation quickly if he suspects you are showing disrespect. Always address an officer with “Sir” or “Officer” and be polite. Remember you can fight the ticket later.
- Avoid giving lame excuses. You cannot talk your way out of a ticket, and there is no reason to try. Any excuses also make you look suspicious and an officer might use the stop as a reason to search your vehicle.
- Don’t flirt with the officer. They are more likely to see this as a sign of disrespect than to be charmed into tearing up your ticket.
Receiving a traffic ticket in North Carolina can result in costly fines, points on your driving record, insurance rate increases, and even a suspended or revoked license. When you pay a traffic ticket, you are admitting guilt, which will be entered onto your driving record.
Your traffic ticket may involve a multitude of consequences. Regardless of your situation, you need experienced traffic ticket attorneys who are familiar with your rights in all types of traffic offense cases and can cost-effectively handle your ticket. At the law offices of Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, LLP, our traffic ticket attorneys offer representation that can help to keep your driving record as clear as possible. In many cases, we may be able to handle your case so you do not have to come to court. By contacting the traffic lawyers at Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, LLP, we will explain your options in handling traffic tickets, protecting your license, avoiding fines, points, traffic school, and avoiding increases in insurance rates.
With over 110 years of combined legal experience, you can trust your case with us.
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