They appear behind you, flashing their “cherries and berries.”
They force you to pull over at the worst possible place and time.
You’re delayed, and frustrated.
You fumble around for an insurance card, worried it might have expired.
You wonder if perhaps you left your driver’s license at home.
Slowly, nonchalantly, they saunter towards your car, fondling their clipboard or their little ticket machine, smiling…drawing out the process, seeming to enjoy every second of the irritation and anxiety you’re experiencing.
Finally, in exchange for your peace of mind, you get a flimsy piece of paper, a traffic ticket requiring you contact a municipal or justice of the peace court by a certain date, and pay a fine or risk a warrant.
You want to avoid having to go to court. You want the ticket dismissed if possible; at the very least you want to reduce the fine. You want to keep any citations from appearing on your driving record…
But it’s just a traffic ticket…why do you need a lawyer? Read on…
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How am I going to come up with enough money to pay a fine in twenty-one days, or even less?
You’re looking at a citation for speeding with a fine schedule on the reverse telling you to come up with about $200.00 at the least in three weeks or less.
Who has that kind of cash available to burn?
More to the point, even if you can afford to just pay the fine, the citation will hit your driving record, if it’s a moving violation; you know what that means…
Is my auto insurance premium going to go up?
Your insurance company (you know the friendly one that spends all that money on the TV commercials) will happily review your rates to see if it can justify an increase in your premium, since now you no longer fit its definition of a safe driver.
Maybe if you spend a weekend sitting in a restaurant with a bunch of friendly folks taking a defensive driving class, or spend six hours in front of your computer, trying to ensure you don’t inadvertently log off the online version of the class, then maybe the insurance company won’t raise your rates, but ask yourself…
I don’t have time to take defensive driving!
Who does? It’s not like you’re going to learn something you didn’t already know, unless you forgot that really interesting section about the physics of hydroplaning, and if you forgot that, it means you might have forgotten something else too, like…
Is my license invalid?
Sure, the Driver’s Responsibility Program is repealed, but you could be under a suspension for habitual traffic violations; for driving on a suspended, revoked, or cancelled license; for driving in violation of a restriction or endorsement on your license; if you get convicted twice for no insurance, you’re subject to license suspension; if you get convicted of no insurance arising from a collision with more than $1000 in damage, your license could be suspended; do you owe child support, that can cause a suspension; if you’re a Commercial Driver’s License holder convicted of two serious violations in three years, you’ll be disqualified from driving for sixty days, three in three years, 120 days, doesn’t matter if you weren’t driving a commercial vehicle at the time…
Am I facing jail time?
That first ticket you paid for no insurance? You got a conviction of guilt for a class C misdemeanor. If you get a subsequent conviction for driving on a suspended license that’s a class B misdemeanor with the possibility of a $2000 fine and up to six months jail time. Driving while suspended is a class A misdemeanor if at the time you had no insurance and caused a significant injury accident; you’re facing a fine of up to $4,000 and a maximum one year in jail. so then you start asking…
Do I have active warrants?
…if you’ve read this far, we think you’ve probably read enough…
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