The Best Ways to Fight a Traffic Ticket

October 12th, 2012 by

Middletown HondaWe’ve earned our reputation as a friendly and helpful Honda dealership in Middletown by doing more for our customers than providing them with some of the safest, most affordable vehicles on the market. Our service department likes to help out when you have car trouble, but sometimes you get a different kind of car trouble that they can help with.

We’ve got some tips to help you fight your traffic ticket, saving you from fines and increased insurance premiums.

Tips for Contesting a Ticket

Whether you think you deserved to get a ticket or not, it rarely has any bearing on your ability to fight, and win, in court.

  • –  The first thing you’ll have to do is decide whether or not to fight the ticket. There are lots of reasons to contest your ticket, and you’ll need to decide if it’s worth the risk and time involved.
  • –  Your next step will be to contest your ticket at your traffic hearing. You can represent yourself in traffic court, and unless you have some serious charges brought up against you, this is usually the easiest thing to do. If you are looking at something like a DUI, however, you will certainly want an attorney.
  • –  Be aware that you may lose the option to plea down to a lesser charge if you go to challenge your ticket. Of course, the benefit is that there are no penalties if you’re found not guilty.
  • –  You’ll have to plead “not guilty,” and where you plead will be determined by where you received your ticket. Read your ticket for details; if your ticket is through the Traffic Violations Bureau, you can visit your local office or just check the “not guilty” box and mail it in. Officials will be in touch about how to proceed further.
  • –  Be sure to declare your intentions within 15 days of receiving a ticket. You’ll get a letter informing you of your hearing date and location, which you can reschedule or postpone if necessary with at least 10 days notice.
  • –  After the case is finished, be sure to check your driving record to make sure everything worked itself out, just in case there’s a mix up.

Trust Your Friends at Middletown Honda

We want you to know your options when facing a traffic ticket and when buying a new car, because we think the best drivers are those that are the most informed. You’ll make better decisions for you if you know all of your options, and when you come to discover your next Honda auto, our sales team will help with all of those options too.

Visit our website for hours and directions to our dealership, and then come and test drive a brand new Honda today!