Is Going to Court for a Speeding Ticket a Good Idea?
If you are pulled over for speeding and issued a citation in the state of Florida, you have a few different options regarding how you want to approach the ticket.
First, you can simply pay the ticket within 30 days, which can be done online, in person, or over the phone.
Second, you may have the option of attending traffic school, which, while still requiring you to pay the fine, can withhold points from your record.
And third, you can go to court and try to fight the speeding ticket by pleading not guilty and providing evidence to show your innocence.
Most people choose option one or two; however, for some, going to court for a speeding ticket might be a good idea. If you have been issued a speeding ticket in Florida, our lawyers can help.
Please call our law firm today for your free consultation.
The Advantages of Going to Court for a Speeding Ticket
It can be difficult to beat a speeding violation allegation, but doing so may be possible--and therefore attempting to do so may be advantageous--in certain situations. You may consider going to court and fighting a speeding ticket if:
- There is a strong possibility of having charges dropped, which may be possible in the event that evidence against you was illegally or unethically obtained;
- Winning your case will mean keeping your car insurance premiums affordable, which may be important if you are already struggling to make ends meet;
- Your attorney believes that there is a chance of having charges against you reduced;
- By proving your innocence, you’ll prevent points from being assessed against your driver’s license, which could be especially important if you are on the cusp of accumulating too many points in a certain period, increasing the risk of license suspension; or
- You believe that you were not speeding, and have hard evidence to prove it.
Before you decide to go to court for a speeding ticket, you should talk to your lawyer. An attorney can help you understand whether or not you have a strong case, and if not, other alternatives.
The Disadvantages of Going to Court
While going to court may be advantageous if there is solid evidence to uphold your conviction of innocence, if your case is lost, you will definitely be at a disadvantage. Indeed, unless you win, you may face:
- A fine - you can be fined beyond the civil penalty amount if you are found guilty;
- A loss of the right to go to traffic school in place of having points added to your record;
- Court and legal fees, including lawyers’ costs;
- Requirement to attend traffic school; and
- Increase in your insurance premiums.
For these reasons, you should really only fight a speeding violation if you are certain that you will win your case.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Working with a lawyer is highly advised after you have been issued a speeding ticket, especially if you plan to fight the ticket in court.
Your attorney will be responsible for gathering all evidence and organizing your case, as well as representing you throughout the entire process and before the judge. It is rare to win a case in traffic court without legal representation.
When searching for an attorney, choose an attorney who is not only experienced in traffic law cases, but specifically in speeding cases like yours.
You should also opt for an attorney who is willing to review your case free of charge, and who will provide you with a list of your options.
Do NOT choose an attorney who promises a win or makes any guarantees that sound too good to be true. Again, speeding cases are hard to
Call Our Experienced Florida Speeding Ticket Attorneys Today
If you have been issued a speeding ticket in Florida and think that fighting it may be a good idea, call our experienced Florida speeding and traffic violation attorneys at the office of Skubiak & Rivas P.A. before you do anything else.
Our lawyers are happy to review your case and provide you with an overview of your options and represent you in contesting your speeding ticket if you believe that it was issued in error.
To schedule your free consultation with our legal team, please call us directly or send us a message telling us more about your ticket and the services you need.