Is It Worth Fighting a Speeding Ticket?
No one likes to think about the idea of getting a ticket, especially if this isn’t the first time and therefore a ticket is sure to mean a hike in an insurance rate, points against one’s record, potential license suspension (depending upon the number of points accumulated in a certain time period), and a large fine.
But just because a person doesn’t want to deal with the repercussions of a speeding ticket doesn’t necessarily mean that they should fight it.
In fact, fighting a speeding ticket is only worth it when you know with absolute certainty that you can disprove the allegations made against you and prove your innocence.
If you have recently been issued a speeding citation and are wondering whether or not fighting the speeding ticket is worth it, call our lawyers at the office of Skubiak & Rivas P.A. before you do anything else.
We can assess your case free of charge and provide you with sound legal advice.
Fighting a Speeding Ticket--and Winning--Has Some Major Advantages
Speeding tickets are dismissed in Florida every year for a variety of reasons, and those who fight their speeding tickets are often found to be innocent of the violation of which they were accused.
But having your case dismissed or securing a conviction of innocent isn’t easy, and typically requires the help of an experienced traffic lawyer to successfully do.
That being said, if you are successful in fighting your speeding ticket, you will benefit by:
- Not being asked to pay a fine for the violation;
- No points being assessed against your driver’s license;
- No need to attend traffic school;
- No risk of license suspension; and
- No worries about having your insurance premiums increased.
Some people simply cannot afford a large fine or an insurance premium hike, or know that their license will be suspended if they accumulate any more points on their record.
For these people, fighting a speeding ticket may be the only way to mitigate such consequences.
There Are Some Disadvantages, Too
Fighting a speeding ticket isn’t always a successful endeavor, and when it’s not, you’ll have to pay a fine, may be ordered to attend traffic school, will have points assessed against you (even if you go to traffic school), may face an increase in your insurance costs, could have your license suspended if you’ve accumulated too many points in a certain time period, and will have to pay legal fees, too.
What’s more, planning your case and going to court is time-intensive, and may require you missing work or other important things in your life. If you believe that time is money, fighting a traffic ticket may not always be worth it.
What Other Options Do I Have?
If you aren’t sure about whether or not you should fight your speeding ticket, it’s best to review the other options in front of you.
One option is to simply enter a plea of guilty or no contest and pay your ticket.
If you do this, you will have the points assessed against your record, but as long as you pay within 30 days of the offense, the case will be closed and you will be able to move forward with your life.
Another option is to learn more about whether attending traffic school to have points withheld from your record is an option.
Most people choose this route, as it tends to be the option that has the least number of ‘bad’ consequences (you still have to pay the fine, but don’t have to admit guilt and points won’t be added to your driver’s license).
I’m Not Sure What to Do - What’s Next?
If you have been issued a citation for speeding, the best thing that you can do is to sit down with an experienced traffic offenses lawyer in Florida to discuss your case.
An attorney can provide you with information about the different options available, and, after reviewing your case, and provide you with an informed opinion regarding whether or not there is a viable chance that the ticket against you will be dismissed if you choose to fight it.
Call Our Law Firm Today for Your Free Consultation
Being given a speeding ticket can be a stressful experience, especially if you have a history of traffic offenses.
Our lawyers encourage you to call the law firm of Skubiak & Rivas P.A. for a consultation with a talented Florida traffic law attorney who cares about you.
Our lawyers have the experience that you’re looking