It’s not fun to receive a speeding ticket, but they happen, and you’ll need to deal with it. Perhaps you have questions you’re looking for answers to. The following are a few to help you understand what to do to deal with your ticket.
- Will I Have to Go to Court?
In some cases you’ll have to go to court to fight your speeding ticket, but not in all cases. Sometimes a waiver of appearance can be filed, allowing your lawyer to handle the case outside of a courtroom. This can save you both time and money. If you choose to pay the ticket, you will not need to go to court at all.
- Which County Do I Deal With?
If you received your ticket in another county from which you live, you’ll have to deal with it in that county. Whether you or your attorney travels to that county, someone will need to be in that court to fight your ticket. If you live particularly far away from the county where you received your ticket, you could hire an attorney who lives and works in that county so you’re not paying travel fees for him or her.
- How Much Does Fighting a Ticket Cost?
Speeding tickets may not cost you very much, depending on the offense. You’ll want to understand how much your lawyer is charging, as well as what the court costs are before you embark on fighting your ticket. If the fight is much more than the ticket itself, it may be more beneficial to just pay the ticket. Some lawyer fees start around $150 and go up from there based on the severity of your charges. You’ll also be paying court costs, travel costs, and other similar expenses.
- Is There a Way to Get the Ticket Dismissed?
You can’t get your ticket dismissed very easily, but in some cases it is possible. For example, if the officer who gave you the ticket made a serious mistake on the actual ticket and he or she can’t remember the specifics about the situation, there’s a chance a judge will dismiss the ticket. Don’t count on this for minor mistakes such as a driver’s license number mistake or the wrong time of day, though.
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