By robinjohnso19628844, Aug 23 2017 05:00AM
Even the best driver will face a traffic incident at some point, which could result in a ticket. Most of these traffic offenses are usually infractions, which means that the diver is not entitled to a court-appointed attorney, and must handle the ticket himself or hire an attorney to handle it.
Each case is different, so there isn’t one specific strategy that should be used to fight your traffic ticket. But, there are a few things that you can do to handle your own traffic ticket. If you are unsuccessful with these tips, then the next step is to hire an attorney to help with your defense.
In-Person or in Writing to Fight a Ticket
In the state of California, there is the option to fight the ticket in person or in writing. When evidence can be shown in favor of innocence, then it is possible that the ticket can be dismissed.
If a person doesn’t want to spend time in a trial for the case, then he has the option to do a trial by written declaration. It will be necessary to provide the evidence and information in writing. This choice is only available if the citation was given for a traffic violation, the due date hasn’t passed, and there are no required court appearances for the ticket.
Pleading Guilty vs. Not Guilty
If a person wants to plead guilty, he needs to:
* Pay the fine
* Sign up for traffic school, if eligible (can go no more than once in 18 months)
* Pay an extra $57 to the court to get to go to traffic school
* Pay the traffic school their fee. (Upon completion of traffic school the ticket is dismissed).
* Provide proof of repair or correction (if needed)
* Realize that if one does not do traffic school one will incur a point(s) on his DMV record
* Comply with any other requests from the judge
On the other hand, fighting a ticket means that a not guilty plea is entered at the arraignment. This process involves:
* Traffic court trial or trial by declaration
* Self-representation in court, or hiring an attorney
* Forfeiture of the option for a plea bargain, unless you hire an attorney
* Pay the ticket if found guilty
* Once you start arguing the case the judge will most likely not allow you to go to traffic school.
There are benefits and drawbacks to each option, so the best course of action needs to be determined based on the circumstances of each case. If you have questions, then contact Robin Johnson for more information.
This article is intended for informational use only and should not be considered legal advice. All cases are different and results may vary. Please consult an attorney for further legal assistance.