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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jul 15, 2016

Fighting a traffic ticket can have its pros and its cons. Knowing whether or not you should try fighting a ticket can be a big time saver, but making these decisions are not always to clear cut. This article will help you come to a decision on whether your ticket is worth fighting and the chances you have at winning.

Are parking violations impossible to beat?

Parking violations are not impossible to beat. People make mistakes all the time, and many times offers hand out unnecessary tickets. Three percent of ticketed drivers contest their citations, but many of them are unprepared and nervous making it difficult for them to make their claim. When fighting a traffic ticket, you should be prepared, have evidence to show the judge and make sure that you actually have a chance to win.

Deciding whether to fight your traffic ticket in Arizona

Before you go all in to fight your traffic ticket, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  • Should I just pay the ticket and forget it?
  • Is there another way to wipe this ticket off my record?
  • If I pay the ticket, will my insurance rates go up?
  • Do I have legal grounds to fight the ticket?
  • Can I lose my license?
  • Is fighting the ticket worth it?

If you decide to fight the ticket, several things will happen:

  • You will spend at least several hours and probably many more preparing to fight the ticket.
  • You’ll worry about making a good court presentation.
  • You’ll spend half a day or more going back and forth to court and arguing your case.

If you don’t fight the ticket, you could end up doing some or all of the following:

  • spending money and time in traffic school to clear your record
  • paying the fine and having the ticket appear on your driving record
  • If you have had another recent ticket, paying higher insurance premiums for the next three to five years
  • if you have had several recent tickets, losing your driving privileges

If the rewards of winning out weight the time it takes to fight your ticket, or if the ticket can have serious affects on your record, you will have to educate yourself about the law to ensure you have a chance at winning. Hiring a lawyer can also help lessen your stress and improve your chances at getting your ticket dismissed. To speak to a lawyer about your ticket, contact us here.