Maybe you were speeding. Maybe you rolled through a stop sign or ran a red light. Perhaps you changed lanes without using your turn signal. 

Regardless of why you received a traffic ticket, it’s critical that you learn more about your options moving forward. This allows you to make an informed decision based on your personal circumstances.

Here are your options:

  • Pay the citation: You don’t want to jump the gun and do this, but it’s an option to consider if you want to put your ticket behind you quickly. The issue with this is the damage it will cause to your driving record, which could result in everything from a license suspension to a premium increase. 
  • Contest the ticket: Should you feel that you received the ticket in error, collect evidence and wait for your day in court to arrive. With the right defense strategy, you may be able to have the ticket thrown out. 
  • Seek a reduction: This is the second-best outcome only to contesting the ticket and winning. A reduction can take on many forms, such as a smaller fine or no points on your license.

There are pros and cons of each option, so carefully consider the strategy you employ. Your goal is to minimize the impact on your life and future.

If you decide to contest the ticket or seek a reduction, you’ll soon find yourself in traffic court. It can be intimidating, so make sure you have a clear understanding of your defense strategy. This is what you’ll rely on as your court case proceeds.