One of the most common run-ins with law enforcement that many people face at some point or another is getting pulled over for a driving violation. Chances are, you will simply be issued a traffic ticket unless there was more serious criminal behavior such as driving while intoxicated, in which you will be arrested. There are two options that a person can choose from when they have been issued a traffic ticket.
There are two options that a person can choose from when they have been issued a traffic ticket. You will have to respond to your traffic ticket no later than the Answer Date that is listed on the ticket itself that has been assigned by the law enforcement officer. Your options to respond are to plead No Contest and simply pay your ticket. Though you are technically not admitting or denying what you have been accused of, the infractions are similar to if you were to plead guilty. You will have to pay the fine and will likely accrue points on your driver’s license, which can raise the rates of your insurance premiums. However, if you plead Not Guilty, you will be required to attend a court hearing. If you bring an attorney to your scheduled court date, they may be able to fight the charges and reduce your consequences.
If you do not respond to the ticket by the Answer Date, you may have your driver’s license suspended by the DMV, have to pay expensive fees, and face other consequences. If you have received a traffic ticket, it is best to hire an attorney who can provide you assistance in fighting the charge.