Hopefully, you will never get a speeding ticket. However, if you do get one, it is important to know what your rights are as it relates to fighting your speeding ticket. You should also understand what could happen if the ticket isn’t paid or if you don’t respond to notices from the court.
Steps to Take Immediately After Getting a Ticket
As soon as you get the ticket, you should review the charge and the reason why you received it. It is also a good idea to find out who actually pulled you over and gave you the ticket. On the back of the citation, it should tell you how you can pay it or how to go about contesting it. You generally have 14 days or so to respond, so make sure that you do so as soon as possible.
How to Contest a Speeding Ticket
If you plan on contesting the citation, you can check the not guilty box on the ticket and send it back by mail. Alternatively, you could plead not guilty during your court date. It may also be a good idea to look into continuing your case. This is because the officer who pulls you over must be at the court date so that you can ask him or her questions as part of your defense. Court dates can generally be postponed for a variety of reasons such as a conflicting work schedule or an illness.
A Plea Bargain May Be Possible
As with any other case, it may be possible to have the penalties associated with your citation reduced. Instead of pleading guilty to speeding, you may be given a citation for failure to use your flashers or for littering. While this will still go on your record, it may have less of an impact on your insurance rates, and it will result in a lower fine that is easier to afford.
What If You Don’t Respond to the Citation?
If you don’t respond to the citation within the period of time on your ticket, you could face additional fines or a license suspension. In some cases, you could spend time in jail for failing to pay your fine and any other penalties that you accrued for failure to respond. Therefore, it is in your best interest to respond as soon as possible or have your attorney respond as soon as possible.
Although a speeding ticket is a relatively minor infraction, it can become a serious matter if you don’t take care of it. Most jurisdictions allow you to pay online by credit or make installment payments, which means that you should address the matter even if you need time to pay your fine.