Fighting Traffic Violations: What You Need to Know
Traffic violations can be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive. Additionally, they are more common than most people may realize. In fact, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, traffic stops represent the most common type of interaction between civilians and law enforcement.
Conviction of or pleading guilty to a traffic violation, may result in a financial penalty, license suspension, or even jail time depending on the nature of the offense. Fortunately, a criminal attorney with experience litigating traffic violation cases may be able to get the charges significantly reduced or altogether dropped.
What to Do When Police Pull You Over
It happens to thousands of people every day, yet being pulled over by a police officer still causes many drivers to panic. Whether it is for a speeding offense or any other violation, taking a deep breath and following the officer's instructions politely is the best approach to a traffic stop. Receiving a traffic ticket is not the end of the world, nor is it the time or place to argue about the validity of the violation.
Pleading Guilty or Not Guilty
Penalties for speeding, the most common traffic violation, often are more than just a “slap on the wrist.” Drivers face potential points on their license, which may eventually lead to the suspension of driving privileges. Also, it is not uncommon for insurance premium rates to increase after a driver pleads guilty to a speeding offense.
Many drivers plead guilty only as a means to complete the process quickly. However, this may not always be the right decision. Depending on the facts of your case, there may be several defense strategies that could convince the court to reduce or drop the charges.
A qualified lawyer can explain your rights and work with you to develop a comprehensive defense strategy. Many individuals find that the expense of hiring an experienced attorney is less than the costs associated with the fines and insurance rate increases that can result from traffic violations.
Fighting Traffic Violations in StamfordIf you would like to speak with an experienced Stamford traffic violations attorney about your case, contact the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner at 203-348-5846 to schedule a free consultation.