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How to Fight a Traffic Ticket

There are lots of excellent reasons to fight a traffic ticket! By keeping your record clean you are able to enjoy the privileges of a good driving record. However, most people do not have the first clue at how to successfully fight their tickets. Here are some valuable tips:

 

Never Lose Your Cool

 

Although we use the word “fight” you never, and I mean never, ever want to get in any kind of argument with a cop or a judge. Trying to force them into seeing your side or agreeing with you will actually have the opposite effect. Instead, be absolutely professional towards them at all times. Try to keep in mind that he or she is not out to get you but are only trying doing their job. If you yell at the officer or act disagreeable it will significantly hurt your chances.

 

Also, avoid making any statements that make it seem like you were at fault. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. Do not apologize or say “I’m sorry”.  When the officer asks you if you know why you were pulled over always say “No, officer, I don’t”. Always be sure to say it politely!

 

Plea Bargain

 

First you must find out if there are any plea bargain deals available in the jurisdiction where you received the ticket or citation.  Many places have a first time offender bargain in which you can plea “no contest” and the first ticket is forgiven. Sometimes you may be required to go to driving school to have it kept off your record. However, it is necessary to research different options in your area as this varies widely depending on where you were cited.

 

Dismissing the Ticket

 

If you do not have any plea options there are still numerous ways that a ticket can be dismissed. For example, any incorrect information on the citation can lead to an immediate dismissal. This can be as simple as the officer writing down the wrong street. This is one of the reasons that you should never admit guilt! You should take photos of the scene using your camera and take down notes and observations once the officer has driven away. Any slight mistake on the officer’s part can lead to a dismissed case.

 

Disclosure request

 

Most people do not know that a disclosure request is the most simple and powerful tool used to dismiss a ticket. Most cities offer samples of discloser requests on their websites and offer guidelines on how to properly file them. However, some offences may require more comprehensive details. For the best possible outcome it is always recommended that the services of a paralegal service are used!.

 

Get Help!

 

The best way to get out of a traffic ticket is to get legal help right away. A paralegal is going to know all of the ins and outs of the area that you were cited in. They will be able to get the ticket handled in the best way possible. Remember, you will actually save money in the long run as you will pay lower fines and have no hikes in your insurance premium! If you want to keep your record clean and save money then a paralegal or other legal representation is the best way to go.



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