Getting a speeding ticket happens to most people at some point during their lives. If you have recently been ticketed for speeding, you may be wondering if you should talk to a speeding ticket lawyer or just pay a fine and plead guilty.
A speeding ticket can be more serious than many people realize. You could be facing not only a fine but also the loss of your driving privileges if you accumulate too many points on your driving record. You could even lose your job or career if you have a commercial driver’s license.
A ticket attorney can help you fight your case by presenting the most vigorous defense possible based on the facts of your case. Keep in mind that pleading guilty is the same as going to trial and being found guilty. While many people just pay a fine and plead guilty without fighting a ticket, hiring an attorney and fighting a speeding ticket can be well worth every penny. A speeding ticket can affect your insurance rates, your right to drive in any state, and could even cost you your career. We may be able to get your case dismissed, or at least keep the ticket off your record.
Speeding seems like a simple charge to many people, especially if they knew that they were speeding at the time they were pulled over. The truth is that speeding ticket cases are often not be so simple. Many people plead guilty simply because they do not know how to get out of a speeding ticket. There are many ways to fight a speeding charge. Just like any other criminal or traffic offense, the prosecution must prove its case. There are multiple ways to contest the evidence against you
When fighting a traffic ticket, remember that the state must prove all elements of its case. After reviewing the evidence, an attorney may be able to find mistakes were made during the traffic stop to help you win your case. Here are some of the reasons that our firm may be able to get your case dismissed:
You will accumulate points for speeding on your driving record every time you plead guilty or are found guilty of a traffic offense. If you accumulate too many points on your record within a certain period of time, you may lose your right to drive.
Accumulating too many points on your driving record can result in the loss of your driver’s license. The length of time your license will be suspended depends on the number of points on license records.
There are many ways an attorney can help you fight your charge and keep a ticket off your record. In some cases, the prosecutor assigned to your case may voluntarily agree to dismiss your case or keep the ticket off your record as long as you are not charged for any similar offenses within a certain period of time.
Another option to keep a speeding ticket from going on your record is to request a trial to challenge the evidence against you. Your attorney may, in some cases, be able to negotiate with the prosecutor and request dismissal or to keep the ticket off your record if you agree to attend driving school.
An Alabama speeding ticket can affect your right to drive even if your driver’s license is in another state. Likewise, an out of state speeding ticket can affect your Alabama driver’s license. If you lose your right to drive in one state, you will lose your driving privileges in all 50 states, because other states will enforce a driver’s license suspension that was entered at the DMV in Birmingham, Alabama.
If you were ticketed for speeding in Alabama but reside in another state, a speeding ticket lawyer may be able to fight your case to keep the ticket off your record without you being required to appear in court in Alabama.
Schools usually have speed imit signs posted that state that if children are present, you must drive at a reduced speed. If you are charged with speeding in a school zone, you may face harsher penalties than if you were charged speeding in another area due to the potential risks that speeding poses to children.
If you receive a ticket, the ticket will specify a time when you must appear in traffic court. At your first appearance, you may be asked by a judge if you plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, your case will be set for trial. In traffic court, your case will be heard by a judge who will hear evidence presented from the prosecution and your attorney before making a determination regarding your guilt and announcing your sentence. In some cases, an attorney may be able to resolve your case without you needing to appear in court for a trial.
If you were caught driving over the speed limit, don’t just plead guilty and pay a fine. Reach out to a speeding ticket lawyer at Alabama Criminal Lawyers right away to discuss your case.