The Implications of Paying Your Speeding Ticket
When people get speeding tickets, they either have the choice to live with the consequences or fight the ticket. If they pay the fee, they either need to plead guilty or no contest to the crime of speeding. To take care of the penalty, a person might have to pay a fine, plea bargain for a reduced charge, receive points on their driving records, incur possible jumps in insurance rates, or take a driver safety course.
By paying the ticket, you’re not just making the ticket go away, you’re admitting guilt. If you were mistakenly given a speeding ticket by a police officer, paying for it means opening yourself up to any and all penalties the DMV deems fair regardless of whether you were guilty of the crime.
Depending on your financial situation, paying the speeding ticket might not be your best option. Some penalties include points on your driving record, which insurance companies will take to mean you are more of a liability to insure. They will likely increase the cost of your premium, which may make your insurance too expensive.
If you’re interested avoiding paying, you do have the right to challenge the traffic ticket via trial. Enter a not guilty plea and immediately as for a Prayer for Judgment Continued, which allows the court the discretion to not enter a final judgment of conviction in the case. While you can represent yourself, it’s best to leave the legal arguments to an experienced Raleigh traffic violations lawyer.
Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh has more than 50 years of legal experience to offer your case. We can aggressively defend you against the speeding ticket charge and do our best to help you avoid penalties that might interfere with your driving privileges.
Get started on your case by calling us at (919) 887-8040 or filling out our online form. We look forward to speaking with you in a free consultation.