When most people receive a ticket for speeding or driving without insurance, they pay it. It’s easier to send in a payment than go to court and fight, however, there may be far-reaching ramifications that you may not be aware of. Consequences such as points on your record and higher insurance rates can result in troubles that won’t go away until years later. This is why you should hire an attorney to fight your traffic ticket:
- You won’t have to pay an expensive ticket: While a speeding ticket or transporting an open container are on the lower end of the price spectrum, the amount you pay can skyrocket depending on the severity of the violation and any prior traffic ticket convictions. For example, a speeding ticket is only $73 for going 5 mph over the limit, but $208 if it’s over 20 mph. In addition, collecting a number traffic tickets in a short span of time can result in higher fees.
- You can avoid racking up points: In Missouri, if you accumulate 8 points within an 18-month period, your license will be suspended for 30 to 90 days. If you receive 12 points within a 12-month period, you license will be suspended for a year. An attorney can help you avoid getting these points and keep your driver’s license.
- Your insurance rate will stay the same: All vehicle insurance providers raise the insurance premium of drivers who commit several offenses within a certain time period. If you’re on your second speeding ticket, your insurance rate could climb up significantly, but with a lawyer, you can keep your average rate.
- You won’t lose your job: Many people drive for a living, which is bad news if you get a ticket that suspends your driver’s license. An attorney can fight on your behalf to get the ticket dismissed and allow you to keep your license and job.
A traffic ticket case can be dismissed if the issuing officer doesn’t show up, there is a bargain for a case dismissal in exchange for a plea, or if you agree to an unsupervised probationary period and pay all or part of the fine. While you will still end up spending some money, you won’t have to deal with points, high insurance rates and potentially losing your job.