Speeding, Reckless Driving, Failure to Yield and Careless Driving are all common examples of tickets issued by the police during a traffic stop. There are many more. Often, people decide to merely mail in the fine and not appear to defend the ticket. Everyone’s situation is different, but often appearing to defend the ticket can have significant benefit. Moving violations carry different “points” which impact things like insurance premiums. Points also area aggregated and if too many are assessed within a too short time frame, the result could be a suspension of driving privileges. For most people, losing your license, even for a s little as 30 days brings with it a host of collateral consequences, especially if driving and working go hand-in-hand.
There are alternatives to merely pleading guilty and paying the fine. Plea Bargaining is allowable in the Municipal Courts and often yields better results than simply pleading guilty to the violation on the ticket. Traffic Courts operate on different schedules dependent on the town where the ticket was issued, most in the evening hours one or two days a week.
If you have been cited for a traffic violation and would like to have someone advocate on your behalf to try to mitigate the impact, please contact Dunn Law, LLC. Often a quick phone consultation will shed light on possible options going forward and the first consultation costs you nothing more than the time to make the call.