Many people who receive a traffic ticket make a major mistake: they pay the fine on the ticket. This is understandable. You get a ticket and are warned that if you fail to pay the fine, you will be subjected to even tougher penalties. What most people do not understand is that they have a right to contest the ticket, and that by doing so they may just win. A traffic ticket is similar to a criminal offense, and you cannot be convicted until proven guilty. By paying the ticket, you are essentially entering a guilty plea in the case. If, on the other hand, you hire an attorney to fight for you, you might be able to beat the ticket.
The consequences of a traffic ticket extend beyond the cost of paying the fine. You can also expect to see your insurance rates skyrocket, as the DHSMV will report the matter to your insurance company and you will be viewed as being more likely to cause an accident. Additionally, you will most likely end up with points being added to your driving record, bringing you closer to a possible suspension of your driving privileges. While most offenses such as speeding are nothing more than tickets, some traffic violations such as hit & run and driving while license suspended, are even charged as crimes.
Need a lawyer for a criminal case in West Palm Beach? Contact us at the Law Offices of Richard Tendler as early as possible after receiving your ticket, to discuss the circumstances of the alleged violation and learn about your chances of beating the ticket. In some cases it can be relatively simple to have the ticket thrown out but, in other cases, it will require exhaustive preparation and aggressive cross-examination in court. Whatever the severity of your ticket, we are prepared to fight to defend your driving record and help you avoid the economic impact of a conviction.