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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

The majority of offenses, including these, are called "strict-liability" offenses. This means that you don't have to have any kind of criminal intent to get a ticket. The police only have to prove that you did the prohibited act.

Most people face moving violations, like speeding or running a red light, at some point in their lives. A single offense usually isn't a big deal. You might have to pay a fine or appear in court. You still have the right to fight the fine and penalties; though, many people choose not to. Your attorney can talk to you about fighting the ticket and what you can do to reduce the risk of penalties or fines.

If you receive a ticket, it could cause your insurance rates to increase. Your license will also have points placed on it, which could eventually add up to the restriction of your license if you offend again. Our site has more on what to consider if you have received a ticket.

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