How a Lawyer Can Help with a Speeding Ticket

How a Lawyer Can Help with a Speeding Ticket

Adrianna Ngo
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As cities face massive budget shortfalls, many are pressing the accelerator on issuing speeding tickets.
 
In Chicago, for example, drivers will soon be automatically issued tickets for going 6mph above the limit.
 
Most of us try to fight speeding tickets on our own (or just pay them). But a lawyer can help.
 
The first step of knowing what to do after you receive a traffic ticket is whether or not you actually received one. 
 
The formal process of receiving a speeding ticket starts when an officer pulls you and your vehicle aside, and asks for your driver's license, car’s registration, and proof of insurance. They may or may not ask you to step outside your car as well. 
 
If they do choose to give you a ticket (they might let you off with a warning), they will charge you with a violation and give you a “Notice to Appear.”
 
A “Notice to Appear” is a document that lists the charges that you have acquired and a court date.
 
The officer will ask you to sign this.
 
However, it is important to note that signing this does not mean you are admitting guilt to the listed charges. It just means that you are agreeing to appear in court before or at the listed court date. 
 
If you do not sign the “Notice of Appear,” the officer is required by law to take you into custody. At this point, they will take you to an arraignment to discuss the charges in front of a judge.
 
What happens after you receive a speeding ticket?
 
After you receive your “Notice to Appear,” you must act promptly. 
 
You will usually get something in the mail that will serve as a reminder notice and state the general process and the options you can take in regard to the charge(s). 
 
Regardless if you have obtained the reminder notice or not, you are responsible to show up to court and take action prior to the date listed in the “Notice of Appear.” If you fail to do so, your license could be suspended or you could be charged with a misdemeanor. This could result in fines or even a warrant for your arrest.
 
How do I take action?
 
There are three different ways you can take action once you receive your speeding ticket. 
 
  1. You can plead guilty and pay the traffic fine.
You can do this by sending your payment, as well as the copy of the citation, to the courthouse. Once the court receives your payment, your case will be closed. If you are ever confused on how to pay your ticket or about the amount, all courts have websites that include information about traffic tickets.
 
2.   You can pay to go to traffic school (if eligible).
 
Contact your court to see what you can do to go to traffic school. Usually if this is your first traffic ticket and the court lets you go to traffic school, you shouldn’t  get any points marked on your record. 
 
3.              You can appear at court. 
 
Once you appear at court you can take a variety of actions. You could request to schedule an arraignment in which you would plead guilty or not guilty, or ask the court to have your matter decided by written declaration. 
 
How can a lawyer help you?
 
There are many ways in which a lawyer can assist you in terms of a speeding ticket. For example, a lawyer has gone through intense education to learn how to navigate the law. The law is very complicated, as there are many laws, rules, and regulations. An attorney is aware of these restrictions and most likely has experience in handling these circumstances.
 
Because of this, a lawyer can fight for you in court if you choose to schedule an arraignment and plea not guilty.
 
They can try to dismiss your case or negotiate to lower your punishment.
 
In this case, hiring a lawyer may be cheaper than paying your fine in full.
 
On top of that, a lawyer can appear in court on behalf of you and you do not have to be present. In most simple speeding ticket cases, you do not have to be present with your attorney, thus you won’t have to skip work or any other obligations to attend court. This is especially helpful if you receive a ticket in another state.
 
If you want to save time and deal with your traffic ticket in the easiest way possible, hiring a lawyer could be the best option for you.

 
 
Adrianna Ngo

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