Donít Take Your Insurance or Driverís License for Granted
Are all traffic tickets equal? There’s a chance that you know that some traffic tickets are far more expensive than others. If you’ve been stopped and asked to produce proof of insurance, or are driving with a suspended license, you could be facing a very costly ticket, and even further legal proceedings.
In most states, drivers are expected to have insurance coverage for a minimum amount of $25,000 to $50,000 in bodily injury and $10,000 to $15,000 in destruction of property. When drivers are stopped for traffic violations, they are asked to produce their license, registration and proof of insurance. If you cannot provide proof of insurance, you will be facing a substantial ticket, often as much as $500.
If you are driving without a license, you could be facing a very serious legal problem. Not only will you be ticketed with a substantial penalty, you could be arrested and face possible jail time. Your vehicle will be towed and you won’t be able to drive again for quite some time.
Regardless of your ticket, you need the assistance of an attorney that deals with traffic tickets and traffic violations. What steps should you take to fight the ticket? Here are some suggestions:
If you are arrested, call an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will begin representing you immediately and help defend you. He or she may be able to assist you in being released, and will certainly begin laying the ground work for your defense of your ticket and arrest.
Make sure you understand the charges clearly. Are there any additional charges that are associated with your arrest and ticket? What were the circumstances of the ticket – what day, what weather and traffic conditions, where was the arrest, what was the name of the officer, etc?
Your attorney will request a copy of all the evidence related to the charges. This is a critical step in being able to successfully defend yourself against the charges. Your attorney can evaluate the strength of the charges against you and suggest possible outcomes.
Discuss your case with your attorney. He or she will have an opportunity to evaluate the charges based on the evidence and perhaps suggest a negotiation on reduction of charges.
Come to court prepared. Your attorney will prep you on what to expect, and what questions you should expect to answer. Charges of driving without a license or insurance are very serious. Your attorney will make recommendations that are in your best interest, so that you can get your driving privileges back as soon as possible.
You don’t have to pay expensive fines and penalties. With the help of an attorney, you can successfully fight traffic violations in New Jersey and get a second change.
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