When you get a ticket for speeding, parking in the wrong place or another minor traffic violation, it can be easy to assume that you have no other choice than to pay the ticket and get on with your life. However, as we are aware at the law offices of Kucera & Cohen, contesting some traffic tickets may be more beneficial than just paying the fine. You and other California residents may want to learn more about whether it is in your best interests to fight a ticket or let it be.
According to FindLaw, going to court to fight a ticket can seem like a hassle and waste of time, but in some cases, getting that ticket dropped can be better in the long run. For example, some violations can add points to your driving record and raise your insurance premium. You could potentially save hundreds or thousands of dollars by successfully getting your ticket dropped.
On the other hand, it might not be the best idea to contest your ticket merely for the principle of it, especially if the fee is relatively low and there are no long-term consequences for paying it. Sometimes, the cost of taking time off work can be more than the actual cost of your traffic ticket. However, paying the fee is considered an admission of guilt, and you might not want that on your record, especially if you believe you did not actually violate a traffic rule. If you are reasonably sure you can prove you did nothing wrong, fighting the ticket may be worth your time.
As our page on traffic offenses explains, you may be pleasantly surprised that you can reverse a traffic charge in some cases.