Unlike a criminal charge, you may not be particularly motivated to contest a traffic ticket. It seems like a minor offense without serious consequences, but you may regret not putting up a fight. Here’s why:
- Traffic tickets are not impossible to fight. Making an effort to contest it will be worth it if your ticket is ultimately thrown out. Even if there is some truth to an officer’s reasoning for issuing you a citation, you can still craft a successful defense and may at least win reduced penalties.
- Not fighting a traffic ticket can cost you thousands in the long run. You may be thinking, “It’s only a $100.00 ticket,” but it will cost you a whole lot more once your traffic offense is reported to your insurance company. If you do not contest your ticket, you will be on the hook for increased car insurance rates, which can increase by up to 30% in the years following your ticket. (That’s right—years.) If you opt to just pay your ticket rather than putting up a fight, an increase in your insurance rate could force you to pay the cost of your ticket and then some every month for years to come.
- Paying for your traffic ticket amounts to an admission of guilt. If you do not fight your ticket and opt to go along with payment of fees, awarding of points on your license, and other painful penalties, you will lose your ability to fight the consequences thereafter. This is because paying for a traffic ticket is legally viewed as a concession and an agreement that you committed the alleged traffic violations exactly as detailed on your citation, resulting in official consideration of guilt.
How to Successfully Contest a Traffic Ticket
Very few drivers put up a fight after receiving a traffic ticket, even when they feel the consequences are too harsh or undeserved. Many who do attempt to fight traffic tickets are ill-equipped to do so and go in alone, which rarely results in a citation being thrown out and often results in frustration and wasted time. However, with qualified legal representation and an experienced Clearwater traffic ticket lawyer on your side, your chances of getting a positive result are greatly improved.
Connect with a Traffic Ticket Lawyer in Clearwater
Whether you have been ticketed for a violent traffic offense, leaving the scene of an accident, or merely driving a few miles over the speed limit, call one of our Clearwater traffic ticket attorneys right away. Our legal team at Tinny, Meyer & Piccarreto, P.A. is prepared to make sure you are treated fairly in court and given a chance to avoid the harsh consequences of your alleged traffic offense.
We are here to help whether you received an undeserved ticket, feel the consequences of your ticket are too harsh based on the offense, or are trying to avoid the life-changing and harsh penalties of repeated traffic violations. Get in touch with a member of our team right away.
Call (727) 245-9009 or send us a message to schedule your complimentary case evaluation today.