Should You Fight Your Traffic Ticket?

The pros and cons of fighting a ticket

If you’ve been issued a traffic ticket, you may ask yourself some of the following questions:

  • Should I just pay the ticket and forget it?
  • Is there a way to wipe this ticket off my record?
  • If I pay the ticket, will my insurance rates go up?
  • Do I have legal grounds to fight the ticket?
  • Can I lose my license?

If you decide to fight the ticket, several things will happen:

  • You will spend at least several hours and probably many more preparing to fight the ticket.
  • You’ll worry about making a good court presentation.
  • You’ll spend half a day or more going back and forth to court and arguing your case.

If you don’t fight the ticket, you could end up doing some or all of the following:

  • spending money and many hours in traffic school to clear your record
  • paying a hefty fine and having the ticket appear on your driving record
  • If you have had another recent ticket, paying higher insurance premiums for the next three to five years, or
  • if you have had several recent tickets, losing your driving privileges.

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