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Should you plead not guilty to a ticket?

If you are given a traffic ticket, you probably know that you can pay it online or in person at the court. What you may not realize is that paying the fine is an admission of guilt.

If you don't believe that you're guilty of the actions of which you're accused, it's important that you don't pay your ticket and instead appear in court. You can attend the hearing and plead not guilty. In many instances, you can also plead not guilty online or over the phone.

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The heart and soul of Nebraska is all about farming. However, farm families face special challenges when couples decide to divorce. Protecting a farm that has been in the family for generations isn’t easy in divorce, especially if its operations have grown during the marriage and multiple family members are a part of running it.

Do you need an attorney for traffic violations?

Traffic tickets are more than just a nuisance; they can increase the cost of your car insurance and even result in financial penalties or jail.

In New York, you're able to plead guilty to traffic tickets online. If you don't agree with the ticket you've received, you retain the right to fight it and to state why you shouldn't face penalties or why you didn't commit the alleged violation.

Should you fight a speeding ticket?

Traffic tickets may not seem very important. After all, most people will get out of a traffic ticket at some point in their lives. It would be hard to find anyone who didn't know someone who had gotten a traffic ticket for speeding or other minor offenses.

As for minor offenses, it might not seem important to fight the charges that have been placed against you. Still, it is going to go on your record, and the offense can affect you. For example, a speeding ticket could cost $45 or more. On top of that, your insurance rates could go up as a result of violating speeding laws. If you violate speeding laws too often, then you can lose your right to have a license.

Exercise caution driving through construction work zones

You might drive a few miles over the speed limit for many different reasons. You might leave a few minutes late for work, rush to pick your kids up from school, increase your speed to make a long drive a little quicker or just tend to be slightly impatient behind the wheel.

Many New Yorkers speed from time to time. While speeding anywhere can lead to a costly ticket and other penalties, speeding in certain areas like work or school zones can lead to even more profound consequences. When you fail to slow down or abide by other traffic signs in construction zones, you may find yourself wondering how to fight your ticket.

You can fight a traffic ticket and prevent unfair penalties

People who get traffic tickets often don't believe that those tickets are very important. Some people shrug them off and carry on with their day after paying the penalty. Others are upset by the ticket, but they pay the fine and move on.

Traffic tickets can impact you, though, so it's best to take them seriously. Some of the most common reasons for traffic tickets to be given include:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield
  • Turning into the wrong lane
  • Parking in a handicap spot without the authority to do so
  • Not paying overdue parking meters
  • Not using turn signals

3 tips to help you avoid a holiday DWI

With Memorial Day coming up and various summer holidays around the corner, now is a great time to talk about DWIs and how to avoid them. Regardless of your age, it's possible to end up with a DWI if you drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Anything from being drowsy as a result of taking seasonal allergy medications to driving while drunk can result in a DWI and all the penalties that come with it.

Fortunately, it's easy to avoid DWIs in today's world. There are ride-sharing services and taxis, bus systems and cellphones to call friends or family members for a ride. There are other things you can do, too.

Yes, your federal loans can be impacted by a DWI

If you rely on student aid to go to college, you may be worried about what to expect if you're charged with a DWI. You're right to be concerned because you could have your right to federal student aid affected by your choices if you are convicted of the charges filed against you.

The good news is that you may not lose access to all the different kinds of assistance. Here's more on the impact your DWI could have on your student aid.

Should you plead not guilty to a traffic ticket?

You were rushed to get to school on the day you got your speeding ticket. You were weaving between vehicles, and you were going over the speed limit to try to get to your classes on time. Unfortunately, a police officer saw your unusual behavior and pulled you over.

In the end, the officer's actions were in your best interests, but you now face a traffic ticket. Traffic tickets might not seem very important compared to other types of violations, but they still have an impact on you.

College crimes can ruin your future: Know your rights

There are many kinds of crimes that people get involved in during college. For the most part, people in college are between 17 and 22 years old, so there's always a risk of them making mistakes that end up hurting their chances in the future.

In 2015, for instance, there were 27,500 criminal incidents against property or people on campuses that were reported to security agencies or the police. That was a 2-percent increase from the previous year, which is not a good sign for those enrolling.

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