Should I Pay My Ticket or Fight It?

Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 26-Dec-2017

While it may be tempting to go ahead and pay for a traffic ticket, it is always in your best interest to do your research first. Paying a traffic ticket is legally considered an admission of guilt and automatically makes you subject to the effects of that ticket, whether or not you consider it to be justified, mistaken, or otherwise.

In some cases, you may not be able to effectively contest points on your license, fines, or other consequences of a traffic ticket. However, in many instances, a little research and proactivity may ultimately alleviate the negative effects of your ticket, minimize your fine, and even help you avoid paying anything at all.

Your insurance premiums are the most important reason to check your options before paying a traffic ticket. If you opt to pay your ticket without contesting it or doing any additional research, you will always pay the maximum fine. However, the initial fines incurred are often small compared to the resulting hikes in insurance premiums, which can swell up to 30% for years thereafter. Ultimately, uncontested tickets can cost drivers thousands of dollars over time. This is why it is in your best interest to reduce your fines as much as possible and fight your ticket to the fullest extent possible.

Contesting a ticket does not have to mean going to court and standing before a judge. (In fact, this almost never happens.) However, even though a court appearance may not be necessary, hiring a traffic lawyer is a great way to make sure that you’re taking the most savvy, effective approach to minimizing the potential harm caused by a traffic ticket.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, fighting a ticket is worth the time and effort if doing so will not cause more stress than paying the fine, if paying it will result in accumulated points on your license or increase your car insurance rate, and if you are facing jail time as a result of your citation. If you need help contesting a traffic ticket or determining the best course of action, choose Tomeo Sills, LLC, to be your Connecticut traffic lawyers. Set up your free consult now or call us at (844) 913-7747 for more information.

If you are facing a DUI charge or the consequences of another felony traffic offense, you will need more than research and proactivity. Click here to find out what is involved in defending a DUI charge and learn more about why Tomeo Sills is your best option for DUI legal help in Connecticut.

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