5 Things to Know When You Get a Ticket
There are posts out there that suggest that there are ways to “beat a speeding ticket” or try to advise you “how to get out of a traffic ticket.” We have ready many of these blog posts and many of them are dangerous garbage. Suggestions like flirting with the officer or admitting guilt in order to receive mercy are just plain bad advice. These suggestions infer that a police officer is willing to not do his or her job simply because you were nice or you showed the officer a little skin.
5 Things to Know When You Get a Speeding Ticket
The truth is that sometimes you get lucky when the police officer makes a determination on whether a person deserves a warning or a citation. But, there are a few things you can do that may help you when you have to deal with your ticket in traffic court.
- Don’t Be Memorable – What typically gets people in trouble is when they act foolish. Arguing with an officer. Pleading your case. Mumbling under your breath. This usually guarantees a ticket will be issued. If a police officer remembers your stop, the more believable that officer will be on the stand during your traffic trial. Be respectful. Be forgettable. And handle your ticket in court.
- Ask Pertinent Questions – During the traffic stop, respectfully ask about the stop. For instance, ask the officer to tell you why you were pulled over. If you were pulled over for speeding, ask the officer about the radar gun, whether the officer was moving at the time you were clocked, and when the radar was last calibrated. Do NOT be argumentative. Just ask for purposes of information gathering.
- Show Up To Court – Our Traffic Ticket Team receives numerous calls every day where people have missed a court date and now have an arrest warrant. A Failure to Appear (“FTA”) is a separate criminal offense and will only make your traffic ticket case harder.
- Know the Different Plea Options – In Texas traffic courts, a defendant can plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty. We encourage people to seek out a traffic ticket attorney to discuss the legal differences between these plea options.
- Know Your Rights – If you get convicted for your traffic offense, there are legal consequences. You could get points added to your driver’s license that would ultimately lead to fines, surcharges, and even license suspension. You could also see your insurance rates increase. You could be eligible for deferred adjudication as well (does not apply to CDL holders).
Remember, a traffic ticket is a CRIMINAL OFFENSE and must be treated seriously.
Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only. No legal advice is intended by this blog post. For specific legal issues, please contact a licensed attorney to discuss your legal matter.
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