When you receive a speeding ticket, you have the option to simply pay the fine and court costs before going to court. During your traffic stop, law enforcement may even encourage you to do so, because you “won’t have to go to court.” You may also reason with yourself that it would be cheaper to just pay your fine than hire an attorney to do it for you. While those are certainly enticing options, we almost never recommend paying your fine before going to court.
Why Not Pay?
When you pay your speeding ticket fine before court, you are admitting guilt. And, once you admit guilt by paying your fine before court, there is no going back. In most cases, a speeding ticket will cause an increase in your insurance premium, or your insurance company may drop you completely. Additionally, there could be implications regarding your license when you are convicted of a speeding ticket. You think you’re saving time and money when you just pay your ticket before court, but in reality, doing so may cost you much more when you consider these additional implications.
How Morris & Fox Can Help
So, how can an attorney help? You probably didn’t know that an attorney can appear for you on your speeding ticket in most cases. That means you won’t have to go to court (in most cases)! Additionally, our attorneys have and maintain a professional relationship with the District Attorney’s Office. In most cases, we are able to negotiate a favorable resolution for your speeding ticket that won’t affect your insurance or license.
So don’t just pay your speeding ticket before court. Rather, call one of our skilled attorneys first to see how we can save you time and money on your speeding ticket!