How to Handle a Connecticut Traffic Violation
No matter how minor a traffic violation may be, repercussions will follow upon determination of a guilty verdict. In addition to surcharges assessed through a fine or penalty, points are added to your driving record. These points not only will likely increase your auto insurance rates, but may have an adverse impact on future legal issues as well as prevent employment opportunities. If you handle the situation appropriately, it is possible to prevent a long-lasting impact due to a minor traffic violation.
Infraction vs. Violation
A traffic incident receives a classification of either infraction or violation. To adequately defend yourself, you must understand to what the terms refer. The difference is:
- Violation: The offender faces accusations of a state law, regulation, or local regulation. The penalty for this is a monetary fine, but occasionally a court appearance is required.
- Infraction: Accusations are less severe, and the only penalty is a fine.
How to Respond
You have an important decision to make upon receipt of a traffic ticket. You can pay the fine, or you can request a judge hear your side of the story. However, remember that no matter which road you choose, you are effectually entering a plea. Your response options in Connecticut are:
- Pay the penalty: Choosing to pay the amount shown on your ticket is also giving away your opportunity to change the outcome. By submitting your payment, you are pleading nolo contendere or no contest. With this option, you will experience points being added to your driving record, an increase in insurance rates, and possibly being ordered to attend the Connecticut Operator Retraining Program.
- Plead not guilty: Even if you believe there is no way out of your ticket, it may be worth your while to plead not guilty to give yourself a chance. With this option, you have the right to have your recollection of events heard before a judge, with the assistance of a traffic attorney. If you are found not guilty, there are no penalties. If you are found guilty, you can appeal, just as with other court cases.
If you are the recipient of a traffic violation, it is in your best interest to plead not guilty. Many do not particularly prefer to be inside a court of law, however, one day of sitting and waiting to be heard may alter the outcome of your case. If you are interested in discussing your defensive strategy with a proven Stamford, CT traffic violation defense attorney, contact the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner today at 203-348-5846 to schedule your free initial consultation.