Have a Traffic Ticket? You Have Options
Posted on Nov 29, 2016 in Speeding Tickets, Traffic
Unfortunately, tickets are a reality that many of us will have to deal with at some point in our driving careers. But, that doesn’t mean we have to struggle when it comes to deciding whether or not to pay. On the contrary, figuring out your next step should be as easy as 1-2-3.
If you have a ticket, but aren’t sure exactly what to do next, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to walk you through your options, so you can feel prepared to move forward.
To Pay or Not to Pay?
First, it’s important to decide whether or not you’d like to pay or contest your ticket. As a New Orleans speeding ticket lawyer, we see plenty of drivers choose to pay, without fully understanding whether or not it would be worthwhile to protest the ticket in court. Ultimately, that decision is up to you. But, you may want to give it a second thought before you decide to go through the payment process.
You should note that paying your ticket is an admission of guilt. And with that admission, comes a variety of consequences. Attorney Bloom says, “it is generally smarter to hire an attorney instead of paying tickets to avoid points, high fines, insurances hike and time wasted at traffic court.”
All of those hassles can be avoided with the right representation. So, although it can be intimidating to have received a ticket, you may want to take a moment to think about the potential consequences if you do decide to admit your guilt. For roughly the same amount of money, you have the option to hire an attorney and avoid the negative consequences that your traffic ticket penalty may bring.
As drivers, we know how it feels to drive with points on your license and higher insurance rates. If for no other reason, we recommend contacting an experienced attorney to help you shake off these potential traffic ticket penalties so you can move forward with your life.
However, if you do decide to pay, the City of New Orleans allows you to pay for your ticket on their website. As a general rule of thumb, you should keep your actual ticket at hand, so you can reference it while you go through the process.
Again, as mentioned above, you are more than welcome to contest your violation, most often by an in-person hearing where you may bring any additional evidence that may prove helpful.
Bloom Legal Is On Your Side
That said, we believe that choosing proper representation to fight the accusations against you is the best choice. So, if you decide that legal help to challenge your ticket is what you need, you can rest assured that our team is here to help. When you contact us, we will be glad to schedule an initial consultation. We’ll listen to your story and help you determine the best way to move forward.