Of all of the traffic citations you can get as a licensed driver, a speeding ticket is usually one that is the least worrisome. In most cases, you can simply go to the DMV, pay your fine, and go on about your life. However, there are times when a speeding ticket is far more concerning, and you may prefer to hire a traffic citation lawyer to fight the ticket in traffic court, instead of just paying it. Take a look at some of the situations when you should consider hiring an attorney, if you have a speeding ticket.
There was a logical reason behind why you were speeding.
There are certain circumstances when a driver would be expected to drive over the speed limit. Not that they are blatantly disregarding the traffic laws, but because of certain personal circumstances. For example, if your spouse was in labor and you were trying to make it to the hospital quickly and had on your emergency blinkers, you did have a logical reason for driving a bit faster. Even though your actions probably still warrant a ticket, you do have a logical reason for your actions and may be able to fight the fine in court.
You are concerned about your insurance rates going up because of the ticket.
One speeding ticket probably will not affect your insurance rates very much. However, if you have had a few tickets in a short time frame, you will want to really watch what you are doing and avoid new charges, if you can. Paying your fine is basically admitting you are guilty. Even though hiring an attorney will not always yield you positive results, it can sometimes better your chances of not getting stuck with new points against your driving record.
You have received a speeding ticket when you weren't actually speeding.
It is rarely ever a good idea to pay the fine for a speeding ticket, if you are certain you were not actually speeding. Believe it or not, this actually happens a lot. There can be situations when an officer will think you are speeding when you actually are not. For instance, if you were recorded speeding on an uncalibrated radar gun or a dysfunctional speed-reading device, you may be able to fight the ticket in court. Doing so can draw attention to the fact that the city is relying on faulty equipment.
If you feel like your case is worth fighting, contact an office like Tolbert & Tolbert, LLP.Share