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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.

Do you have to pay a traffic ticket?

You have two options when it comes to traffic tickets. You can choose to plead guilty or not guilty to the ticket. If you decide to plead guilty, you admit to your actions and will have to pay a fine. You'll also face any additional penalties that the court deems appropriate.

If you choose to plead not guilty, then you can defend yourself at a hearing. Hearings give you a chance to speak to the judge and give your statement on what happened. In some cases, judges drop the ticket completely, so you don't face points on your license and won't have to pay fines.

Is it important to fight traffic tickets?

Like any other violation involving the authorities, it's always in your best interests to try to lower the penalties against you or to have them dropped. You should fight your ticket, so you can reduce the impact it has on your life, the risk of inflating your insurance costs and reduce possible fines or penalties.

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