Three Good Reasons to Fight a Speeding Ticket in FlorissantComments Off on Three Good Reasons to Fight a Speeding Ticket in Florissant
Anytime you get a speeding ticket—or any other traffic violation—you are faced with a question: should you fight it in court or simply pay the fine and move on? Many are tempted to just pay and go, but that is often a mistake.
The lawyers at Teague & Associates, LLC have experience handling traffic cases and we believe it is always important to at least consider fighting a traffic violation. Here, from a professional traffic ticket lawyer in Florissant, are three good reasons why you should always fight a speeding ticket:
Why convict yourself? When you pay the fine on a speeding ticket, you are admitting guilt—acting as the judge, jury and executioner, without your day in court. Like any other crime, the burden of proof in a traffic case is on the state. They must prove you did something wrong, in this case speeding, and that you should pay a fine as the result. When you admit guilt and pay the fine, you are eliminating that burden. In effect, you are giving up. It may seem convenient, but ask yourself this: what happens when you get another ticket? You may wind up having to defend yourself later to keep your license. Why not fight now, when your case may be more favorable?
Speeding tickets are more expensive than you think. When you admit guilt and pay the fine on a speeding ticket that may not be your only expense. It is very likely that your insurance rates will go up as a result. That means the long-term cost of a speeding ticket could be several hundred dollars above the fine. In many cases, it is less expensive to hire a lawyer to fight the ticket.
Every offense threatens your driving privileges. Like many other states, Missouri operates on a point system. Every traffic conviction adds points to your record, and an accumulation of points over a short period of time can result in a suspension of your license (click here for an explanation of Missouri’s points system). By admitting guilt and paying the fine, you add points. By fighting a ticket, you are fighting to protect your driving record, and your license.
Of course, you don’t have to fight your ticket by yourself. The lawyers at Teague & Associates, LLC can explain the system, make sure you comply with all the requirements in traffic court and serve as strong advocates on your behalf. If you are in need a traffic ticket lawyer in Florissant, contact Teague & Associates, LLC at (314) 899-4499 for a consultation.