Why should you bother to fight a traffic ticket? Is it worth it?

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2024 | Traffic and Driver's License Issues |

Most people who get a traffic ticket pay the fine and move on. Unfortunately, they may be missing out on a chance to overcome the ticket without facing costly fines and other consequences.

Fines for traffic violations can quickly accumulate until you owe a substantial amount, but the financial burden may not stop there. Your insurance premiums are likely to increase as well. A tarnished driving record signals to insurance companies that you may be a high risk, which often results in elevated policy costs.

To avoid license and driving record consequences

Aside from the financial hit you may face, there are long-term repercussions to consider if you choose not to fight traffic tickets. Accumulating points on your record can lead to the suspension of your driver’s license.

In Florida, accruing twelve points within twelve months can result in a thirty-day license suspension. Gaining 24 points in a 36-month period typically leads to a one-year suspension.

This not only affects your and your family’s mobility and freedom, but it also adds to the inconvenience and potential embarrassment of relying on others for transportation.

To exercise your constitutional rights

Receiving a traffic ticket is an accusation, not a conviction. Our constitutional rights afford every individual the presumption of innocence and the right to contest charges in a court of law.

This fundamental legal principle assures that those accused of traffic violations have the same chance as others to defend themselves, challenge evidence and present a counter-narrative.

Consider speaking with a legal representative about your defense options, especially if you have multiple traffic tickets.