If you have been issued a traffic violation ticket, you may be face significant penalties in addition to a sizable fine. In many cases, getting a traffic ticket can significantly increase your insurance premium, result in a license suspension, or adversely affect your driving privileges. Because of the negative impact traffic violations can have on an individual’s life, challenging a traffic ticket can sometimes be the smartest way to protect your interests. It is important to seek the advice of a competent traffic ticket attorney who can assess your case and determine your best course of action.
A traffic ticket may be issued for moving or non-moving violations. A moving violation (most commonly a speeding ticket) involves any infringement by a moving vehicle. Examples of moving violations include:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving without a driver’s license or insurance
- Parking in an unauthorized zone
- Expired meter citations
- Blocking a fire hydrant
- Extreme muffler sound
While most traffic tickets are minor “infractions,” there are instances when a violation becomes a misdemeanor or felony. In the event that a traffic violation resulted in property damage or injury to another individual, or the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the traffic ticket or offense may be much more serious. In these cases, a qualified traffic ticket attorney is necessary to protect your legal rights and interests.
In some cases, an individual who wishes to fight a traffic ticket will appear in court and plead their case. If the police officer who issued the ticket does not appear in court, the traffic ticket is automatically dismissed. However, if the police officer does appear, the defendant will have to bring forth evidence to argue against the citation. In most ticket cases, particularly those that involve more serious offenses, the help of an experienced traffic ticket attorney is invaluable. A traffic ticket attorney can gather evidence, interview witnesses, research legal issues, and work with court officials and law enforcement to ensure the most favorable outcome in a traffic violation case.
If you have been issued a traffic ticket and would like to learn more information about your legal options, it is wise to seek the assistance of a qualified attorney who can evaluate your case to determine the best course of action. Please contact us today to speak to an experienced attorney FREE of charge.
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