Traffic ticket stories are a dime a dozen and some them are so deep, you need to get out the wader boots to hear them. A simple speeding ticket is boring but add the fact that that cop gave you a ticket for simply speeding in a red car? Now that is a spicy gossip ticket story that will circulate fast!
A small mistake like a slightly misspelled name, a wrong number or minor clerical errors are usually overlooked. Bigger errors like the driver's identity, direction of travel or the kind of car being driven when the ticket was issues, are reasons to dispute the citation.
Even though a no show by a police officer is a common cause for dismissal, don't count on it. It depends on the charge, court and judge. The majority of the time a judge will dismiss the ticket because of a person's right to question their accuser, but he may also decide to reschedule it.
Tickets can often be defeated without a lawyer if you do your homework and learn the law. Lawyer fees end up being higher than the fine of the ticket at times, so think it through before hiring one. First time offenders can often strike a plea bargain if the ticket is worth fighting.
All but a few states are members of the Interstate Driver License Compact that shares certain types of traffic violations. The National Driver Register also shares records across state of any driver who has had their license suspended or revoked due to serious traffic offenses. A person can be denied a driver's license according to this information.
Signing a ticket only means that you acknowledge getting it and that you will appear in court. Refusing to sign your ticket will not cancel your responsibility to pay the ticket and will annoy the officer or judge and can even land you in jail in some states.
Another h5 and thank you too.
thanks for this info on traffic ticket myths. H5
Good list! Lots of people assume what happened to them is how it ALWAYS works -- but as you've pointed out, well, we all know what assuming does!
"Ignorance of the law is no excuse" is my mantra. Any time I think there's a way of getting 'round something, I remember that saying, and figure I've never studied law, so obviously don't know what is right. Good job J.
Thanks for filling us in on the myths. Great job.
Good job debunking these traffic ticket myths!
Thank you for the myths about traffic tickets. The law is known well by police and court officials and not always known by the general public. h5
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