4 Things To Know About Traffic Tickets

Posted on: 18 May 2017

Getting a traffic ticket is never something you want to have happen to you. Unfortunately, it does happen, even to the best drivers. The important thing to know is how to handle it and what you can do to avoid these issues at all costs. Here are four things you should know specifically about traffic tickets:

  1. Paid Fines Don't Erase Points: When you receive a traffic ticket, you receive a point on your license, which many people think disappears when they pay the fine. However, this is not the case, which is why it's important never to think that it's fine if you speed this one time or run a red light just this one time. When you have a point on your license, it leads to higher insurance rates. 
  2. Getting a Violation Every Month Can Lead to a Suspended License: In most states, if you receive 12 citations in the course of a year, your license will be suspended, which is why it's worth it to fight some of these cases if you feel you should not have received a traffic ticket. You will need to hire an attorney to help you with this in order to prove your innocence in the case. 
  3. Red Light Camera Tickets Can be Fought: If you have received a ticket in the mail along with a picture at a red light of you running that red light, you can fight them. Your attorney will help you provide proof that the light possibly was not red when you ran it, you didn't have time to stop, or even help you fight the fact that it wasn't your vehicle in the picture running a red light. Whatever the case, it's important to seriously consider fighting the case if you have received one of these tickets in the mail. 
  4. Refusal of the Breathalyzer Means You Need an Attorney: If you have been pulled over for a possible DUI, you can refuse to take the breathalyzer. The benefit of this is that the officer will likely take you into the station for a blood test, which is more accurate and if you haven't been drinking that much, then you may not receive a DUI once the results are returned. However, when this happens, you need to have an attorney by your side to ensure your rights are protected during this time. 

When you know these four things about traffic tickets, you can be sure that you end up making the right decisions every time you get behind the wheel. If you are stopped for a violation, talk with a traffic lawyer about your options.