One of the biggest concerns that drivers have after getting a traffic ticket is whether resolving it will involve a big hassle. Drivers typically want to avoid missing work and dealing with a long drawn-out court process—or even appearing in court at all.
Fortunately, if you have a traffic violation in NYC, a traffic ticket lawyer may be able to help you manage some of the burdens. Instead of accepting your ticket simply to avoid going to court or dealing with the legal system, let an experienced traffic attorney help you determine if you have better options. Here’s what you should know about going to court to fight your NYC traffic ticket.
If you choose to simply pay your traffic ticket, you are accepting guilt and responsibility. This, of course, can lead to any number of repercussions, including increased automobile insurance rates.
However, if you decide to fight your traffic ticket and plead not guilty, your case will be heard by a DMV Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ will hear your case and decide whether you are guilty or innocent. If found guilty, you will be assessed a fine. In certain circumstances, you can also have your drivers license revoked or suspended if the ALJ believes it to be in the interest of public safety.
If you must appear in court, it is best to make sure you have an experienced traffic lawyer on your side to ensure that you get the best possible outcome. You don’t want to risk making a mistake that ends up costing you your driving privileges.
Depending on the type of traffic ticket, however, you might not have to go to court at all. In some instances, your attorney can go to court on your behalf. This means that you can avoid having to leave work or find daycare for your children, and that you can instead depend on your lawyer to handle it for you.
You can request to dispute your ticket in a hearing by mail, online, or in person. If your hearing is online or by mail, you won’t have to physically appear in court. If you are found guilty after fighting your ticket, you can then request an appeal.
In any event, your best option is to dispute the ticket with the assistance of an experienced traffic ticket lawyer. While many drivers decide to plead guilty and pay the ticket—even if they aren’t sure that they actually did anything wrong—it’s always within your best interests to consult an attorney and find out first.
Otherwise, you don’t just risk having to pay a fine for the ticket, but you could also end up paying much higher insurance rates. Depending on the violation, you could also risk jail time and losing your driving privileges.
Whether or not you have to appear in court, it’s best to have a qualified traffic ticket lawyer on your side. Don’t just accept your ticket, and don’t risk making a mistake in court. Instead, let the Law Office of James Medows help you get the best possible outcome. Call or text us at 917-856-1247 or fill out the form below to get started with a free and confidential consultation.