When Is It a Good Idea to Contest a Connecticut Traffic Ticket?
Most adults have received at least one or two traffic citations in their lifetime. They may have driven above the speed limit, run a red light, or failed to stop fully at a stop sign. While traffic violations are typically considered minor offenses, the consequences can be significant. Penalties for traffic infractions may include stiff fines, and, if you have accumulated too many demerit points, suspension of your driver’s license. If you have recently been issued a traffic ticket, you may wonder what your options are for challenging the ticket, or if it is in your best interests to contest the ticket by pleading not guilty.
Is My Ticket Worth Fighting?
Many people do not realize that they have the option to contest a traffic ticket. Others understand that this option is available but assume that the time and energy needed to challenge the traffic violation is simply not worth it. If you are questioning whether or not to plead not guilty to your traffic violation, consider the following:
- Did you actually commit the offense that you have been accused of?
- Do you have any evidence you can use to prove your innocence?
- Will paying the fine cause you considerable financial stress?
- Will the ticket lead to a significant increase in your car insurance payment?
- Are you facing suspension of your driver’s license?
If you did not commit the traffic infraction, the ticket will create a significant financial burden, or you are facing license suspension or other significant consequences, it may be a good idea to contest the ticket.
How Can I Contest a Traffic Violation in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, you can plead not guilty to a traffic ticket by using the Connecticut Centralized Infractions Bureau’s website, pleading not guilty via mail, or entering a not guilty plea via telephone. Once you have entered your plea, the Centralized Infractions Bureau will transfer your case to the appropriate Superior Court. You may need to attend a court hearing and present your case to the judge. You do not have an indefinite amount of time to contest a traffic violation. If you do not enter your not guilty plea or pay the ticket before the deadline, you may face driver’s license suspension, additional fines, and even criminal charges. An experienced Connecticut traffic violations defense lawyer can help you understand how to fight your traffic ticket.
Contact a Fairfield Traffic Ticket Lawyer
If you received a traffic ticket, contact The Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner for help understanding your rights and responsibilities. Our team can help you determine whether it is in your best interest to fight your ticket and how to do so most effectively. Schedule a free consultation with experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney Daniel P. Weiner by calling 203-348-5846 today.