Many people believe that once a ticket is issued the best thing to do is pay it. But this is not always true. In fact, it’s rarely true.
There are many reasons why fighting a ticket might be better for you in the long run. Here are the top three.
1. Your insurance premiums will go up.
Is it true that your premiums will go up with one ticket? Probably not. But on the second or third ticket these premiums could go up, a lot. It is almost always worth it to fight a ticket to save yourself higher premiums in the long run and protect your future self.
2. You will have points put on your California driving record.
If you get 4 points on your record in one year your license will be suspended for 6 months. That’s a big Uber or Lyft bill. Simple things such as being in the wrong lane, following too closely, or inadvertently crossing into a bike lane all cost a point. “Reckless” driving will cost you two points, as will going over 100 mph.
3. Radar guns are not super accurate.
If you were clocked at 101 mph you may have actually been going 96 mph. Not only that, but if there were several vehicles on the road, all driving fast, the cops may have pulled over the wrong car. Mistaken identity is not all that uncommon.
Steps to take
While it may seem like a no-brainer that an attorney who makes his living fighting traffic tickets for clients will tell you to fight a ticket the truth is it is almost always in your best interest to do so. Believe it or not, there are really good defenses to many types of tickets. There’s a good chance you will win your case, especially with the help of an experienced traffic attorney.
Fight a ticket especially if you earn a living by driving. As a driver, tickets can have a very negative impact on your present and future employment. The cost of the lawyer is actually small beans compared to the loss of your job or career.