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What Options Do You Have on a Traffic Ticket?

I generally suggest people contest their tickets as things do not get worse by setting the ticket for a trial to see if the officer is going to show up or not. Then you can decide whether to plead guilty or have the trial on the trial date. So it just depends on if you want to do this or not.

You have three options for dealing with most tickets (some exceptions apply like two point offenses):

(1) Just pay the fine for the ticket and do the traffic school. This is the quickest way to resolve the ticket, it hides the point from the offense from going on your driving record, and you can do this on the court's website without ever going to court. The drawback is there is no chance of a dismissal and you cannot do traffic school on any other tickets for another 18 months, so any other tickets you get you would for sure need to fight,

(2) Option two would be you go to court for the two hearings to contest the ticket, and see if you can get the ticket dismissed on the trial date. The benefit of this option is it gives you a chance for a dismissal saving traffic school and the fine if the ticket is dismissed. The drawback is spending a few hours at court for the two hearings.

(3) Option 3 would be to have an attorney, like us, handle the court hearings and see if we can get the ticket dismissed. The benefit is you do not have to go to court as we take care of the two hearings for you and give you an experienced attorney to evaluate the officer's evidence to see if we can find a way to get the ticket dismissed. We cannot guarantee the ticket will be dismissed, so you could end up spending an extra $150 on the ticket.

Next step is figuring out which option works best for you. If you have any questions, please let us know and we would be happy to review the options and see which one works best for you. Give us a call at (619) 333-0505 or send us an email at


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