Have you been given a traffic ticket by a highway patrol officer, or even a “ticket cop” that does nothing but cite people for traffic, moving, and parking violations? Your first instinct is probably to grind your teeth and reach for your wallet. However, before you decide to give in and pay that ticket to “get it over with,” there are a few things about traffic tickets you really should know. Your mind might change after reading about them.
Here’s what you need to know about traffic tickets before you pay them:
- Admission of guilt: If you decide to pay a traffic ticket without putting up any fight, then you will technically be admitting guilt of wrongdoing to the court. Why does this matter? If you run into trouble with the law later, and it pertains to driving in any way, the state can point to your driving record and say you have admitted to similar wrongdoings in the past. Setting yourself up with that initial disadvantage is not in your best interests.
- Widespread consequences: Paying a ticket does not just take a bite out of your finances by paying the fine upfront. It will also create many more consequences you might not have anticipated. You may need to spend hours in traffic school, interrupting your normal life or work schedule. You will almost certainly see a rise in your monthly insurance premiums. Lastly, you will probably get at least one point on your driving record; too many points in too few years and your driver’s license will be suspended.
- Burden of proof: You do not need to prove that you did not deserve the traffic ticket. Instead, the state has to prove that you did deserve it. This burden of proof can be exploited by a criminal defense attorney to your benefit. If the state does not anticipate you coming up with a defense case, they might not prepare an argument strong enough to satisfy their burden of proof.
- Legal help: Even though you probably are not facing any jail time for your traffic ticket, you can still enlist a defense attorney to act on your behalf. Set yourself up for success by taking the time to get legal representation.
The people of Temecula can depend on our traffic ticket attorneys of Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich for focused, effective, and quick-thinking legal advocacy. The firm can help you challenge any traffic violation, from speeding and driving under the influence (DUI) to driving without a license and late payment violations.
Contact HGBH today by calling (951) 506-6654 and putting a free case evaluation on your calendar.