If you've just received a speeding ticket, you might not want to simply pay the fine. While going to court to fight a speeding ticket does require a lot of time and energy, it can be worth it in the long-run. Not all speeding tickets can be successfully fought in court, but enough of them are overturned in court to make it worthwhile on your part to attempt it, especially if you're looking at any of the scenarios described below. Here are four reasons you should go to court to fight your speeding ticket.
You Can't Afford the Points
Each time you get a traffic violation, points are assigned to your driving records. Speeding tickets can really rack up those points. Unfortunately, too many points can affect your right to drive. Not only that, but if your job requires you to drive, points on your driving record can interfere with your ability to work. If you can't afford to have points on your driving record, you need to go to court and fight your speeding ticket.
You're Looking at a Stiff Penalty
Some tickets aren't a costly venture, which means you'll pay a small fine and be on your way. Unfortunately, speeding tickets aren't usually like that, especially if your rate of speed was significantly above the posted speed limit. Not only that, but if it's not your first speeding ticket, they could add additional fines and penalties. If you're looking at a stiff penalty this time, and you just can't afford it, you should spend the time trying to fight it in court. If you can't get it overturned altogether, you might be able to get the fine reduces.
You Have Proof You Weren't Speeding
There are times when police officers make mistakes and give speeding tickets that weren't warranted. If you know you weren't speeding, and you can prove it, you owe it to yourself to fight it in court. This is particularly important if you got your speeding ticket in an area that's a known speed trap.
Your Ticket will Raise Your Insurance Rates
Once you get a speeding ticket, your insurance company will be notified. If you have other tickets on your record, you could end up paying more for your automobile insurance. If you've received other tickets, you could even end up having your insurance canceled altogether. If you're worried about your insurance rates, you need to fight the ticket in court.
Contact a firm, like the Law Office of Rex M. Pietrobono, for more help.