Traffic tickets have become big business for a lot of different agencies. In fact, some estimates suggest that traffic tickets are a one billion dollar a year industry. Many municipalities, especially those that are financially strapped, rely heavily on traffic ticket revenue and as a result have raised their fines considerably in recent years. Moreover, increased revenue demands have lead to higher quotas and stricter enforcement.
If you have been issued a traffic ticket, it may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney before taking any action. An experienced lawyer can help you evaluate your options. Please contact us to speak with a qualified attorney in your area.
Hidden Costs of Traffic Tickets
If you receive a traffic ticket, you may want to think twice before paying it. Paying a traffic ticket automatically results in a conviction on your driving record, which can cause a ripple effect on your wallet - with the potential for skyrocketing insurance rates, suspended license fees, and steep state surcharges, among other things. You will probably need to hire a qualified traffic ticket attorney who knows the technicalities of the law. However,hiring a lawyer now could save you money in the long-term.
Traffic Ticket Trap
Most traffic offenders – nine out of ten in fact – prefer to pay the ticket to avoid the complex procedure of fighting it. This is essentially the traffic ticket trap. The system depends on your paying the ticket rather than fighting it. What traffic offenders are usually unaware of is their ability to negotiate a deal.
You may be able to expand your options if you fight your traffic ticket with the help of an experienced attorney. Attorneys can oftentimes get tickets dismissed because they know the workings of the system. In cases where they know dismissal is not an option, attorneys will plea bargain – a method of negotiation that frequently results in a reduced fine or penalty for the offender.
Traffic Ticket Violations
There are myriad offenses that constitute traffic ticket violations. Some of the more common include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Improper lane change
- Following too closely
- Negligent driving
- Reckless driving
It is important to note that each state assigns a point value to different types of traffic offenses, commonly known as a traffic ticket point system. The points increase in value as the severity of the offense increases. Motor vehicle departments keep track of the points on your record and make the information available to insurance companies who adjust your rates accordingly.
Don’t pay a traffic ticket unnecessarily and end up with a conviction on your record. If you have received a traffic ticket, a qualified attorney can help you understand your rights and determine a possible course of action. Contact us today for a FREE consultation with an experienced traffic ticket attorney.
Jan 8, 2007 - Traffic Camera Appeal Considered by IA Supreme Court
Find a Lawyer Now
Search for a Criminal Law lawyer in your state or province by using the forms to the right.