Getting a traffic ticket can be a frustrating experience. Even if you’re guilty of the offense, it’s likely that you didn’t expect to get caught by the police. People commit basic traffic violations every day, such as speeding, improper passing, and tailgating, so it can be maddening when you feel like the only one who’s targeted—even if it isn’t the truth.
Occasionally, you may even be charged with a traffic violation that you weren’t guilty of committing. It’s important to contest these tickets in court or else points will be added to your driving record and your car insurance premium can go up. A Denver traffic ticket lawyer from Justice for Colorado can assist you in building a strong defense for court.
Understandably, you probably have a lot of questions regarding the traffic ticket system and the legal process, which is why we’ve gone ahead and answered some of the most frequently asked questions below.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony traffic offense?
Traffic infractions are the most basic traffic tickets you can receive, while traffic offenses are a step up in severity. Traffic offenses can be misdemeanor or felony offenses depending on the circumstances of the case.
These more severe offenses aren’t seen on the streets every day. However, a misdemeanor traffic offense may be given to someone driving without a license, and a felony traffic offense may be given to someone who flees the scene of an accident where someone has been injured.
Do police officers have a quota of tickets they must issue by the end of each month?
Although there’s a rumor that police have a quota of tickets they must issue, this isn’t necessarily true. Usually, issuing justified tickets shows good performance on the police officer’s behalf, and not issuing any tickets may show that the police officer isn’t doing their job well.
Hopefully, police officers aren’t issuing unwarranted tickets as a way to fake good performance; otherwise, these tickets should be contested.
If I’m guilty, should I pay my traffic ticket?
Speaking to a lawyer about the details of your case can give you an idea of whether contesting your ticket makes sense. Occasionally, even if you’re guilty, you may be able to strike a deal with the judge and prevent points from being added to your driving record by attending driving school, paying fines, or agreeing to other terms. If it’s possible to keep points off your driving record, you’ll want to do it.
Reach Out to a Denver Traffic Ticket Attorney
You may have other questions regarding your case specifically, which is normal. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation with a Denver traffic ticket lawyer from Justice for Colorado, you can fill out the contact form below or call 303-647-9691.