Getting pulled over can be a frustrating experience. You may owe a large fine, and with every speeding ticket you get, more points accumulate on your license.
Even with the simplest of traffic tickets, however, you do have rights and options under the law. There are some key things you should know if you receive a ticket or violation on the road.
1. You don’t have to handle it on your own
While your ticket should have clear instructions on how to pay and appeal the ticket, you don’t need to figure it out on your own. An attorney can help you with your claim. A local attorney who handles traffic violations can explain your rights under the law and may know ways to reduce the penalties you face.
2. You may be able to get a lesser ticket
When you work with a lawyer who has experience working in the local town courts throughout the Hudson Valley, he or she may be able to get your ticket reduced to a lesser charge. For example, if you received a ticket for speeding more than 20 mph over the limit, you may be able to have your ticket reduced a parking ticket or lesser speeding charge.
Whether this is possible in your case will depend on a number of factors, including your past driving record.
3. You may not even need to go to court
If you get a traffic ticket and work with an attorney, you may not even need to appear in court. An attorney may be able to appear on your behalf and act as your advocate so you do not need to miss work and other commitments.