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22 Oct How to fix a traffic ticket

How to fix a traffic ticket

Driving to work in the morning, you notice a police car parked on the side of the road ahead of you with his lights flashing. You wonder why, and then it dawns on you, you forgot to move your car from that no parking zone last night! You know better than to speed or run red lights, but the idea of being pulled over for this makes you cringe.

What you should know

Whether you were pulled over for speeding, running a red light or some other infraction, dealing with your traffic citation can be expensive. The fines for many tickets range from $100 to more than $600, and if you fail to pay on time, it’s likely that an additional late payment fee will be added. In addition, some states allow law enforcement agencies to add collection costs onto your fine amount as well as suspend your driver’s license until you settle up with them.

What you need to take care before going there

Before you get pulled over for speeding, talking on your phone or another moving violation, there are three things you should do. First, let your driver’s license expire if it’s about to. If your license is valid for another year and you let it lapse, an officer has no right to pull you over. Second, check online records before you get behind wheel.

Get professional help

If you receive a traffic ticket, it may be tempting to try and deal with it yourself. However, dealing with your citation can be complex. If you have any questions about how to handle your situation, talk with an attorney right away. An attorney can help mitigate any negative impact on your driver’s license or insurance rates while also protecting your legal rights throughout court proceedings.

Don’t panic!

Getting pulled over by law enforcement for speeding or another minor infraction is never fun. If you’re worried about losing your license, don’t be. According to AAA, 88 percent of drivers with a clean record are able to get off with only paying a fine. A few things can help you avoid getting points on your license, even if you do pay an expensive fine. Your best bet is taking steps immediately after receiving your ticket that will prevent points from being added to your driving record.