What To Do When You Get A Ticket

You are speeding down the freeway at 75 mph to try and get to work on time, but you suddenly see flashing lights behind you. Instantly, you know that you are being pulled over. You silently curse under your breath and get to the side of the road. Of course, driving that fast has gotten you a pretty expensive ticket, which the officer writes up. He gets in his car and drives off. Now what?

Your Options

You have several options that you can choose among when you receive a traffic ticket. First of all, you can accept your fate and take the fault for the ticket. If you were driving 75 mph, this would be the easiest option because you were more than likely clocked on a speedometer, and with that big of a speed boost above the speed limit there wouldn’t be any way for it to have an error.

You also have the option of declining fault for the ticket, in which case you wouldn’t have to pay for it if you could convince a judge that you are innocent. You don’t even have to prove that you didn’t do it, as it is the police officer’s job to prove that you did. However, technology has been developed to help their case, so only take this option if you truly didn’t do it.

Most people don’t know it, but you do have a third option to choose from. If you have a valid excuse for speeding, you can usually get it reduced. Normally, this option won’t get you all the way out of the ticket, but it could get it reduced to a fraction of the original amount you owe.

The Next Step

After choosing you option you must send your ticket in. Make sure that it is mailed before the date that is written on it. Don’t procrastinate with a speeding ticket, as this causes many people to forget and have a warrant release for their arrest. If you are admitting fault, fill out the ticket and mail your money with it as well. If you choose one of the other two options, just fill out the correct boxes on the ticket and send it in. In a few weeks you should receive a notice of your court date, time, and place. Go and prove that you are innocent.

Google By Brian Marquis