Getting your first (or subsequent) traffic ticket obviously involves paying a fine, and it could mean court costs in addition. Whether you feel the citation was justified or not, you need to recognize that the repercussions can extend far beyond your court date. It is important to consider these potential outcomes, so you can determine whether you should hire a traffic attorney to assist you with minimizing or eliminating the ticket.
One of the first things you’ll experience if you let it run its course and pay the fines set by the court is an increase in your automobile insurance rates. Nearly all insurance companies will pose an immediate rate hike, and it often sticks around for a long time. Depending on the violation and the number of traffic tickets you have received and in what period of time, the hike can be substantial, and in extreme cases, they can choose to cancel your policy. The latter outcome could leave you with few options that aren’t incredibly expensive, such as required high-risk driver insurance.
Another potential outcome is endangering your job. Whether you drive a company vehicle or are in some way covered by your employer’s policy, the insurance company gets involved, and that can lead to them firing you or demoting you to a position that doesn’t require travel.
If you have traffic tickets you need help with to avoid these scenarios and other issues, give us a call at Meadows & Aderhold, P.A. You can meet with a traffic attorney who can go over your options for dealing with traffic violations, so your mistake doesn’t haunt you for many years to come.