What To Do About a Speeding Ticket

What To Do About a Speeding Ticket

Saturday, 03 October 2020 12:51

It can happen to anyone. You were running late to work or a meeting, you were following cars and unaware of your speed, or you did not see the speed limit change, and then you saw the blue lights behind you. Now you have a court date and ticket that says you were speeding. You are looking at a large fine, points on your license, increased insurance, and possibly worse, especially if it is not your only speeding ticket in the last few years.

If you are wondering about the best course of action for your speeding ticket, you are not alone. Should you just send a check to the courthouse? Should you show up for your court date and try to plead your case? Should you hire a lawyer? We’ll help you answer those questions in this article.


What Should I Do When I Get Pulled Over For Speeding?

As soon as you see those blue lights, there is a good chance you know the reason for which they are behind you. Even if you did not realize you were going too fast, you likely became aware of it when you saw the police car. It is possible, however, you are not entirely convinced you were indeed speeding. Regardless of whether you believe it or not, here is what you should do while you're getting pulled over.

  1. Remain calm. Seeing the blue lights can be stressful. Take a deep breath and prepare yourself to be cooperative.
  2. Pull over safely. Use your turn signal to indicate you are cooperating. Find a place to pull over that is safe for you and the officer. Be gentle with your vehicle and slow on the shoulder.
  3. Be cooperative. You are not going to talk your way out of the ticket at this point. It will do no good for you to be combative or rude. The best thing you can do is be polite and cooperative.
  4. Ask what method the officer used. It is within your rights to ask by which method the officer clock your speed. This information could prove useful later on, so politely ask how your speed was obtained.
  5. Say as little as possible. Besides saying what is necessary to be polite and cooperative, speak as little as possible. There is no reason to offer any more information than what is necessary.

Once You Have Been Ticketed

Once you have received a speeding ticket, you might start by taking a moment to try to control any stress and anger you might be feeling. Most people go through the process of getting a ticket and dealing with the aftermath, so you are not alone. However, depending on the number Of tickets you’ve received in recent years, the severity of the speeding penalty, and the size of the phone, you could be in a tricky situation.

  1. Read the ticket. The citation itself will have a lot of necessary information for you to know. It will tell you the minimum and maximum penalties for your infraction. It will have the name of the officer who wrote the citation. And your ticket will include the court date which you should commit to memory.
  2. Learn about traffic court. Learn as much as you can about the specific nuances of traffic court in the area in which you were polled. It may be different than what you were used to, especially if you were caught speeding in an area through which you were traveling.
  3. Know the implications for your driving record. Ask experts what the implications of your speeding ticket will be for your driving record. If you have had more than one speeding penalty in recent memory, or your citation is for a high-speed ticket, you need to know exactly what paying the fine or pleading guilty will do to your driving record.
  4. Determine what paying the fine will mean for your insurance. Ask your insurance company what impact pleading guilty, or simply paying the fine will do to your insurance. It’s possible that even a small fine will result in significant increases in your insurance premium, which could add significant financial impact.
  5. Delay the court date. It is possible to go through the process of delaying your court date, which in some cases can be advantageous. However, you should speak with an expert in traffic law before you take this route.
  6. Decide if you should hire a lawyer. It is possible to be overwhelmed by this process, and all the information you should gather. The various scenarios can be confusing, so you should seriously consider hiring a lawyer to help you with your traffic ticket.

Why You Should Hire Attorney Robert P. Laney for a Speeding Ticket in Wilkes

While it may seem that hiring a lawyer is making an expensive situation even more costly, it is very possible that a good traffic lawyer can reduce the overall cost of your speeding ticket. It is also possible that a lawyer can help reduce the impact on your driving record and insurance. Before you forge ahead on your own, it is a good idea to ask around and find a trusted I Tourney in your area.

If you are in the Wilkes County area, Robert P. Laney, attorney, is here to help with your speeding ticket. We have years of experience helping drivers like you navigate the process toward the best possible outcome for their situations. Robert P. Laney has expertise in several areas of law, so we recommend visiting our website for more information. 

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