The most common type of violations are those done while in a vehicle or on the road. Traffic violations are so frequent, it is not unusual to hear about someone you know being pulled over by an officer. You probably see a pulled over car on your way to work regularly. Many people know that officers pull you over, but not many people understand what you should do while being pulled over.
First thing is to make sure you are protected. When you pull over, it is legal to drive to a public space like a convenience store parking lot. Stay somewhere where people can see you. Keep the officer's safety in mind too. Don't pull over on a busy highway with no shoulder, or a small road. Give the officer space for his safety.
The next thing you should do is have your license and insurance at hand. It makes the officer's a little uneasy if you are digging through your glove box for it.
You should always have your hands visible to the officer. This is to let the officer know you are not going to grab anything.
You should now call your lawyer to see what next to do, each situation is different. Explain to your lawyer what happened and why you got pulled over and they will tell you exactly what you should do to make sure everything turns out right.
Sometimes you get away with just a warning, but sadly you do get tickets. Now that you have the ticket, what do you do next?
You can just pay the ticket, or you can fight the ticket. Getting a lawyer to "fight" the ticket is usually the best route in the long run. David Whipple can help you from getting points added to your license or worse, suspension.
Pay Ticket Upright (Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine
- Option to plea bargain penalties
- Gain Points
- Possible option to take course to reduce points
- Auto Insurance rates go up
Fight Ticket (Plead Not Guilty)
- Contest traffic ticket via trial
- Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney
- Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties
- No penalties if found guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees
You can fight the ticket yourself, but it is smarter having a lawyer fight it for you. A lawyer not only allows the option of lowering the ticket to a non-moving violation, it also can allow you not to gain points on your driving record. Gain a certain amount of points and you will have your license suspended.
There are multiple types of traffic violations. The most common are:
If you have received a traffic violation recently, talk with David Whipple about what your best option is. Use the contact form.