The very best way to beat a traffic ticket is not to get one in the first place! However, if you are one of the approximately 35 million people in the U.S. who receive a traffic ticket each year, you do have options in dealing with it.
Why Fight a Traffic Ticket?
Is trying to get your traffic ticket dismissed really worth the effort? When you consider the consequences a traffic ticket on your driving record can have, the answer is a resounding yes! The Department of Motor Vehicles of California coordinates with law officers in the state to maintain records for all drivers. Points are assigned for each type of traffic violation. Too many points on your record will result in suspension of your driving privileges. Insurance companies also monitor points, and your insurance rates could sky rocket with too many points on your record. Now that it is clear that you should try to get your ticket dismissed, let's take a look at the ways to get it done.
A crucial element in the success of getting your ticket dismissed is how you handled getting pulled over in the first place. Your answers to the police officer, as well as the attitude you displayed may be the deciding element in your case if you go to court. Officers tend to remember belligerent, argumentative people, and since he will be testifying against you in court, he will be more motivated to press charges if you left a bad taste in his mouth! Respect towards the officer goes a long way to helping your cause!
You also need to be careful of what you say to the officer. You are not required to admit guilt. Anything you do say may be used against you by the officer. Do not try to win your case with the officer by the road. Let him do his job, give the required information, but do not admit to guilt. Make sure that you observe as much as you can during the time you are pulled over. Make note of the officer's behavior, the conditions of the road, where you were when the situation took place, etc. Every bit of information may be useful to you later on.
Defensive Driving School
An easy method of getting your traffic ticket dismissed is by agreeing to take a defensive driving course or traffic school. If you decide to try this method, call the courthouse to find out if it is an option for you. If the court approves this method you need to sign up and take a class, either in person or online. Online options are often more convenient, since you can take them at your own pace at home. When your course is completed you will need to pass a test and send your completions certificate into the court. Although this usually results in dismissal, one of the drawbacks is the cost of the course, plus you will probably be required to pay a fine to the court.
Contesting in Court
Only about 5% of traffic tickets are contested in court. Of that 5%, one half of those tickets are dismissed. The other half usually had fines reduced or other arrangements that were less than the original consequences. Going to court can obviously be worth your time; however there are some things you need to know. Some people think that a misspelled name or some small technicality results in an automatic dismissal. This is usually not the case. However, if the officer fails to show up for the court date, this does usually result in dismissal. There are a number of issues that can affect your chances of dismissal, and you need to go to court armed with these facts.
Should You Hire a Lawyer?
This depends greatly on the type of ticket you received. Tickets involving DUI, hit and run, or any felony involving your vehicle are serious offenses that required proper defense with an attorney. However, depending on the points already on your record, enlisting the help of a lawyer specializing in traffic tickets can also be a good idea for more minor offenses. These lawyers know the ins and outs of traffic law and can help get your ticket dismissed and save you money.
Contact A Traffic Citation Defense Attorney
Traffic laws can be highly technical and intricate, but our experienced legal team deals with them every day. Do not let a traffic ticket make your life harder. Call Traffic Ticket Pros in Encino to speak to a lawyer who will fight for your rights. Call 818-646-7336 or send us an email to arrange a free consultation today.