Mon, Oct 22, 2012
Receiving a citation or a traffic ticket can be more than a nuisance. You may be surprised at the ways that these tickets can affect your right to operate a car. Most states have a system in place that will determine how many “points” are on your driving record. Each ticket adds points, and once you reach a certain point, you may find your license has been revoked or suspended. This involves a fee and the inconvenience of having it reinstated after the suspension period. Each ticket that you receive and are found guilty of can also work against you in that it will raise your monthly insurance premiums. These tickets often stay on your record for two to three years, so you may pay a significant amount over this time in higher insurance costs. But as a citizen of the United States, you have certain rights each time you are issued a ticket or charged with a crime. Being aware of those rights and the ways to deal with them is essential to securing your future.
What To Do?
Whether you are guilty or wrongfully accused of the ticket you have received, you still have options.
If you committed the act, and choose to plead guilty, you may find a prosecutor or judge that is willing to lessen the charges in order for you to plead guilty. The best thing to do is to consult an attorney to help you choose your best course of action. You can minimize the penalty and fine you receive by doing this.
If you feel you have been wrongfully accused and are innocent, you have the option to fight the ticket in court. This often involves being seen in front of a judge and explaining your situation to the prosecutor. You will also want to consider hiring an attorney to help you navigate the complicated legal system. You don’t want to be punished for something you feel you have not done, and you have every right to defend yourself and explain your actions in front of a judge.
Knowing your rights before you find yourself in a bad situation is very important. The things you say to the officer you deal with can be used against you. It is important to know from the beginning what you are required to do and what is your right to not say. A good attorney who understands the laws of your state can advise you in the best way to handle any type of traffic ticket you may receive.
A Second Chance
All drivers are entitled to make mistakes, and everyone deserves a second chance. Whether you are guilty or innocent, knowing your rights is essential to controlling your future. When you find yourself dealing with a traffic ticket, the first step you should take is to consult with an attorney who understands the law and can help you to get the second chance you deserve. The system is set up in a way that not only allows you to defend yourself, but also allows you to have a second chance when you do make a mistake. Don’t ruin your future by not knowing your rights or by not consulting an attorney who can explain them to you.