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Paying a ticket is pleading guilty: Know your rights

If you're caught committing a traffic violation, you'll likely get a ticket. You may have to pay fines or go to court, too. For the most part, people simply pay their fines and move on because traffic tickets are common and aren't always considered to be serious. However, from a legal standpoint, they can be damaging.

A traffic ticket might not seem very important at the time, but the costs add up. In addition to the fines, could lose your license in some cases and may see a hike in your insurance premiums. If this isn't your first ticket, then you may find that you have to take time out of your day to go to court or that the fines have increased significantly.

Is it important to fight traffic tickets?

While many people choose not to fight traffic tickets, it's a good idea to make sure you understand that paying a ticket means you're agreeing that you committed an offense. Essentially, you're pleading guilty.

If you did not commit the offense and you believe that the officer was in the wrong, you can fight the ticket and have a right to appear in court to do so. Your attorney can help you argue your case and seek to have the ticket dismissed. This will help you avoid a black mark on your driving record, and you may have fewer fines and penalties as well.

Our site has more information on traffic tickets and why it's often a good idea to fight them. You are innocent until proven otherwise, even with a traffic ticket.

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