If you are a driver in the United States, you will probably be pulled over at some point in your life for a traffic violation. It is not an uncommon occurrence–in 2011, 42 percent of people who interacted with police had done so because of a traffic stop, and about half of those interactions resulted in a traffic ticket, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Some traffic offenses can result in serious consequences, such as jail time, fines, or your license being suspended. If you have been issued a traffic ticket, it is not the end of the world–you can fight the ticket if you believe that you did not deserve it.
Should You Fight the Ticket?
One of the first steps you should take after receiving a traffic ticket should be deciding whether or not you should actually fight the ticket. Some things to consider when making this decision include:
- Whether or not you have legal proof to back your claim.
- If the ticket will add points to your driver’s license.
- The amount of stress involved in fighting the case rather than accepting the ticket.
- Whether or not you have the time to devote to court appearances.
- The possible increase in your car insurance rate if you accept the ticket.
- Whether or not you are facing jail time.
Have a Joliet Traffic Defense Attorney By Your Side
Getting a traffic ticket can be frustrating and annoying, especially if your ticket was unwarranted. Certain traffic offenses can add points to your license and will be reflected on your driving record. Fighting your ticket can be a tricky matter, which is why you should obtain the help of a knowledgeable Will County traffic ticket defense lawyer. At the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C., we have extensive experience fighting traffic citations, and we can help you defend yourself in traffic court. Call our office at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free consultation.