Should I Just Pay the Ticket?
If you recently received a traffic ticket (citation) in Florida for a non-criminal offense (infraction) there are a number of things that you should consider before you just simply pay the fine. You should have at least 30 days from the date of the citation to make a decision on the best resolution of the offense. Consider the following information before you submit your payment:
Should I just pay the fine?
Not if you want to avoid points on your driver’s license. By just paying the fine you are deemed to have admitted the infraction and waived your right to a hearing on the offense. Further, your admission will lead to an adjudication of guilty on the infraction. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will assess the appropriate number of points, and in all likelihood, your insurance rates will go up.
Should I opt for traffic school?
Traffic school may be the best choice if you believe that you committed the offense, you do not have any potential defenses, and you have not received a traffic citation in the previous 12 months and made the election for the basic driver’s improvement course. You are only allowed to elect traffic school five times during your lifetime so you should consider this before you elect to take the course. Also, this option is not available for persons who hold a commercial driver’s license and for a number of particular infractions.
Should I fight the ticket?
If you do not believe that you are guilty of the infraction, or you believe that you have a defense to the offense, then you should consider fighting you ticket. There are a number of possible defenses to most traffic infractions that you can assert in court. Further, the State has the obligation to prove that you committed the offense and you have the right to present your side to the judge or hearing officer in court. If you prevail in court you will not have a conviction, no points, no insurance increases, and no traffic school.
Should I hire an attorney?
An experienced traffic attorney can spot problems and defenses that may lead to the dismissal of your citation. Further, they should be knowledgeable of the rules and the relevant law and can use that information to get the best possible resolution for your infraction including (in most cases) avoiding a conviction, no points, no insurance increases, and no lost work to attend court.
Protect your legal rights – If you received a traffic ticket in Tallahassee or Monticello, or anywhere in Leon or Jefferson County FL, contact attorney James B. Countess at 850-329-7547, or via email, for a free, no obligation consultation. Mr. Countess will utilize his years of experience to effectively evaluate your case, inform you of your options, and get you the best possible resolution at a reasonable price. In most cases you will not be required to appear in court.
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