6 Things to Do After Receiving a Speeding Ticket In Jacksonville, FL
So you’ve just receive a speeding ticket here in Jacksonville. Where do you go from here? Here are a few steps to minimizing the damage-
Here comes the easy part. You’ve already faced the red and blue flashing lights; now’s the time to think logically and practice your breathing exercises. You won’t accomplish anything if you’re frantically pacing in your kitchen while trying to figure out how to handle the violation.
2. Don’t pay the ticket.
If you decide to pay the ticket and hour after you receive it, you’re admitting guilt and must face all the consequences that come along with it. You probably also haven’t given any thought that the charge may not stand in court.
3. Review the ticket and understand the charge(s).
It never hurts to read over the ticket you’ve been given. A small mistake could’ve been made by the officer; a misspelled name, or even the wrong charge (incorrect code section listed). Something miniscule may not be enough to dismiss your violation, but if there are mistakes, you should know what exactly they are. John Bowman, VP of the National Motorists Association, explained that one should always “crack into the specific language of the law. There will be a series of requirements that have to be met before you to be guilty, so you have to ask yourself, ‘did I do all these things, and can I prove I didn’t do all these things?”‘
4. Don’t delay.
You have 30 days to act on the citation. Like anything else, it’s never good to wait until the last minute. Waiting to act on the violation may alter the outcome. If you decide to fight the ticket a week before the fine payment is due, there is a slim chance of receiving minimal consequences.
5. Gather Information.
If you decide to fight the ticket, it would be smart to note any information about the moment you got pulled over. Was the officers radar gun obstructed by a tree, causing it to misread your speed? Or did the officer have his lights off and completely unseen, causing entrapment? This is the type of information could be the difference between a suspended license or just paying the ticket itself.
6. Consider hiring an attorney.
This is your best shot at “getting away” with your speeding violation. Having an attorney present in court doesn’t necessarily mean your violation will be dismissed, but may reduce the penalties to follow. Instead of receiving a hefty fine and points on your license, an attorney specializing in Traffic Violations (such as those at Dale Carson Law) may be able to keep the points off your license and impose court costs. In the case you are caught going 30 mph over the speed limit, you will automatically be given a court date. Hiring an attorney can save you time and the headache of going to court since they will be making an appearance for you.
Last year, a man made the news when he chose to pay the fine instead of hiring a lawyer. Why? He paid in all pennies- 22,000 to be exact! In the linked video, you can see him pouring the buckets of coins out on a clerk’s desktop. Although we don’t legally recommend doing this, we do advise giving us a call to help out with your unwanted fines.
Since you know what to do from here on out, it is important you get started today before it’s too late. Call Dale Carson Law at 904-355-6777 or click here now to schedule a free consultation. Good luck!