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How to Fight a Traffic Ticket

Traffic violations are very common, meaning the issuing of traffic tickets are as well. There are cases in which the ticket is wrongfully issued, in which case you are entitled to fight the ticket. Upon receiving the ticket you should take action immediately, as you only have so much time to take your case to court.

Receiving a Ticket

There are two ways that you can respond to receiving a ticket. The first is to pay the fine. If you pay the fine it’s assumed that you’re pleading guilty. Your state license may be suspended, depending on your state driving record. You also waive the right to take your case to court and challenge the ticket. However, if you have reason to believe that the ticket was wrongfully issued you can request a contested hearing. However, you must request the due date of the fine, which is usually 10 days. If you want a contested hearing your accident lawyer in Bristol, PA will initiate the request and can also represent you in court.

Delayed Issue

For the ticket to be legally recognized it needs to be issued within 30 days of the alleged offense. If you receive a ticket after 30 days of the alleged offense you should attend the court date listed on the ticket, plead not guilty, and request a hearing. There are some circumstances in which tickets can be issued after 30 days so it’s not guaranteed that you will win. The defense lawyers of Bensalem and the surrounding areas will need to cite the relevant state or local statutes, depending on where the ticket was issued and the officer who pulled you over.

Other Circumstances

Sometimes tickets can be wrongfully issued due to identity theft. When this happens you’re to either contact the officer who wrote the ticket or the court in the location the ticket was issued. The court will then be obligated to prove your case to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

We’re Here to Help

If you don’t fight a traffic ticket in time your insurance rates will likely go up, and you will have a mark on your state driving record. To keep your insurance where it is and your record clean, contact the office of Schatz and Stancu LLP. We’re here to make sure you receive proper representation and protection in court. If you or someone you know needs a lawyer to fight their traffic ticket, call us today.

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