We've covered what to do to avoid getting a speeding ticket, and we've covered why points on your license are bad, but do you know what to do after getting a speeding ticket?
I know some of you are reading this and thinking, "After getting a speeding ticket, I call Unger & Kowitt," and we certainly appreciate that. But this post is for the people who have never heard of Unger & Kowitt (what a sheltered life they must live) or never considered hiring a traffic attorney after getting a speeding ticket.
Enough with the humorous, shameless self-promotion. In all seriousness, after getting a speeding ticket, and I mean immediately after, just calm down and take a deep breath. Whatever negative emotions you are experiencing, it's going to be alright. Like I tell our clients, if this is the worst thing that ever happened to you, you're doing pretty good. Getting a speeding ticket is like death and taxes. . .it's pretty inevitable.
After taking that deep breath and letting the officer pull away, if you want, now is the time to scream what you were thinking while the cop was giving you the ticket. Again, I repeat, AFTER the officer has driven away and is out of sight, then you can scream whatever you want. As we've covered here previously if you choose to say something negative towards the officer, it will come back to bite you when you appear in court while fighting your ticket, so it's always best to shut up and take the ticket and wait for the officer to pull away.
Now that you've calmed down, it's time to do a little bit of research on how best to handle the speeding ticket you just received. Was it speeding in a school zone or speeding in a construction zone? If it was, the fine might be double, which can be expensive. Were you traveling 30 miles per hour over the limit? If you were, in Florida that means you will have a mandatory court appearance (unless you hire an attorney). Or was it just your average, run-of-the-mill speeding ticket?
Regardless of the type of speeding ticket you received, you're going to be looking at possible points on your license, which you want to avoid and/or a hefty fine and/or traffic school. All of those are what could happen to you IF you just pay your ticket, which is why we preach on this blog to ALWAYS FIGHT YOUR TRAFFIC TICKETS.
Fighting your speeding ticket is the only way to get your ticket dismissed and possibly avoid points, school, or the fine. If you want to fight the speeding ticket yourself or if you want to know 5 things to ask before hiring a traffic attorney, the main point to take away is that in almost every situation, fighting your speeding ticket in court is the way to go.
Getting a free consultation with a traffic attorney is also something that can help you make the decision that's right for you, and that's what this blog is all about.