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Fighting a traffic ticket

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Updated: 6/17/2003 5:47 pm
Conviction of even a mild traffic violation can have serious consequences in addition to any fines you may have to pay. You may not qualify for certain preferred auto-insurance premium rates or discounts if you don't have a clean driving record. More serious violations can lead to a suspension or revocation of your driver's license, an order to attend traffic classes, fines, or even imprisonment. If you're accused of a serious traffic violation, for example, an alcohol- or drug-related offense, it's a good idea to plead not guilty and consult an attorney. This can give you and your counsel time to evaluate the situation and to prepare a possible defense. In order to fight a traffic ticket, you may have to demonstrate that the officer who gave you the ticket was either incorrect in his or her judgment, or that the infraction was justifiable or excusable for some reason. Traffic laws differ among states, so you should contact an attorney in your area. If you're pulled over by the police, it's not a good idea to exhibit irritation or anger or to attempt to obstruct the officer from performing his or her duty. Even if you're upset about receiving a ticket, you should obey the instructions of the police officer, accept the ticket and, if you decide to fight it, contact an attorney as soon as possible.

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