Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheels of cars and trucks and make their way to work, school, and leisure activities. During their daily commutes, over 100,000 of them will receive a speeding ticket. In addition to speeding, drivers will be ticketed for failing to obey traffic signals, driving with a suspended license, and improper turning.
Many drivers believe that their only choice in these situations is to appear in court or pay all fines in full. However, there are many factors involved, and obtaining legal representation may prove to be the best option.
Paying Your Ticket versus Fighting Your Ticket
You may or may not know that when you pay your traffic ticket, you are essentially pleading guilty or no contest to the offense. In addition to the fines, you may receive points on your driving record, an increase in your auto insurance rates, and other consequences.
If you choose to fight your traffic ticket or plead not guilty, you have the option to be represented in court by an attorney in order to challenge the charges against you. A waivable offense allows you to plead guilty and pay necessary fines without appearing in court. If you have a non-waivable ticket, however, you must appear in court; these are considered more serious and your presence in court is not optional.
When to Contact an Attorney for Traffic Violations
If you have found yourself charged with any of the following traffic offenses, there are options for you. Here are three instances in which you should consult with an attorney before proceeding further.
If you are stopped by law enforcement for driving above the legal limit, the fines will depend on how fast you were driving and in what location. It may result in immediate suspension of your license.
Driving Without Insurance:
Drivers are required by North Carolina law to maintain vehicle insurance. Driving without it is a huge risk and can become a costly mistake to the driver and passengers involved.
Failure to Obey a Signal:
Running a stop sign, running a red light, and passing a school bus may result in points being assessed on your driver’s license.
It does not take long for points to acquire on your driver’s license, and after only 12 points in three years, your license could be suspended. Other offenses which can cause you to be assessed points include hit and run, following too close, and aggressive driving.
Partnering with Quality Legal Representation
Rather than admit guilt by paying your traffic ticket, take the time to consult with an experienced attorney who can explain your rights and review your case. A traffic ticket will not only hurt your driving record in the long run, but it could impact your budget as well. Contact us today to see how we can provide you with a free case review, evaluate your charges, and work with you to decide what the best option is for your situation.