16 Dec Speeding Ticket FAQ
Speeding tickets may be one of the more common types of traffic infractions that drivers encounter. Many drivers wind up simply paying the ticket and trying to move on with their lives.
But the fact is that paying a speeding ticket may not always be the best option for you. You may be able to fight your speeding ticket and avoid the consequences that come with a guilty verdict.
With that in mind, we have included a quick FAQ below discussing many of the questions our former clients have had regarding their speeding ticket cases. If you have additional questions that have not been answered on this page, you can further discuss the details of your case during your initial consultation with a Sacramento speeding ticket lawyer.
Should I pay my speeding ticket?
Many drivers who are issued speeding tickets pay them just to get the issue resolved quickly. But there are many reasons you shouldn’t have to pay the ticket or accept guilt. By contacting a qualified speeding ticket lawyer, you will learn more about what legal options may be available to you.
How can I defend myself?
There are countless reasons you may not be guilty of speeding or should not have been ticketed. Maybe you were in an emergency situation and had to drive above the speed limit. Maybe you got caught in a speed trap. Or perhaps you weren’t speeding at all, and the police officer’s speed scanner was actually defective and clocked you at speeds significantly higher than you were driving. Your defense strategy will be based upon the individual circumstances of your case.
Will I have to go to court?
Every case is different. You should always be prepared to go to court if you hope to fight your speeding ticket. However, there may be some instances in which your lawyer can handle the legal details on your behalf so you don’t have to go to court.
How will a conviction impact my life?
When you plead guilty to a speeding ticket, which is what happens when you pay the ticket, you can face serious consequences. Not only could additional points be added to your license, but your auto insurance rates could also increase, you may have to pay court fees and annual surcharges, and be ordered to participate in a driver retraining program at your own expense.
These are just a few of the penalties that you could face if convicted of a speeding infraction.
What if I’m a repeat offender?
Even if you have been ticketed for speeding, you still have the right to defend yourself. The consequences of a conviction may be significantly worse if you have prior speeding convictions on your driving record. This means you’ll need a strong defense if you hope to obtain an acquittal.
Meet with a Lawyer
If you have been ticketed for speeding and you need an experienced lawyer to help defend your case, contact Crowell Law Offices. Schedule your initial consultation through the online contact form included at the bottom of this page or by phone at 916-303-2800.