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Should you fight a traffic ticket?

Even though you do your best to follow the rules of the road, there is always a chance you could make a mistake. For example, if you exceed the speed limit it's not out of the question that you could see police lights in your rearview mirror.

If you are pulled over by police, regardless of the reason, it generally wise to do the following:

  • Move your car as far off the road as possible
  • Turn on interior lights to show that you aren't trying to hide anything
  • Roll down your window so that the officer can see inside
  • Keep both of your hands on the steering wheel
  • Be polite, but don't feel that you have to volunteer information

    If you're lucky, the officer will explain what you did wrong and let you off with nothing more than a warning. However, this isn't always the case. There's a chance you could receive a ticket, at which point you need to decide what to do next.

    First things first, you need to understand what you are accused of doing wrong. This will be outlined on the ticket, along with the fine you're asked to pay.

    Some people get the idea that it's best to immediately pay the ticket, as they want to put it in the past as soon as possible. This is your right, but you may not want to take this path if you didn't do anything wrong or you're concerned about the impact the ticket will have on your driving record and insurance premium.

    General tip: Don't pay your ticket if you are going to fight for a dismissal.

    The simplest way to have a ticket dismissed is for the officer to not show up in court. If this happens, it typically results in an automatic dismissal.

    Of course, this all hinges on the officer not showing. Since you don't know if this will happen, you should prepare a defense strategy just in case.

    For example, you can dispute the officer's story of what happened, all with the idea of proving that he or she made a mistake. You can also dispute the evidence, such as by presenting witness statements.

    You are not required to fight a traffic ticket, but there are situations where you may find this the best course of action. Once you learn more about the ticket and your legal rights, you can decide if this is something you want to take on.

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