Will Fighting My Speeding Ticket Automatically Get It Dismissed Or Reduced?
Unfortunately, speeding tickets happen. They happen to good people. Getting a speeding ticket (or yet another ticket) can mean several things, like paying a fine, points off your Virginia driver’s license, or even a suspension of driving privileges. In many instances, you will have the option to pre-pay the fine and not have to appear in court. We often get asked from those with recent tickets, “If I show up in court, is it likely that my ticket will just be dismissed or reduced?” And often the companion question is, “Will having a lawyer really increase my chances of getting the ticket dismissed or reduced?”
First and foremost, it is important to understand that no person and no ticket is simply “run of the mill,” and the totality of circumstances surrounding each driver and each ticket must be examined as a whole. Quite often, an individual’s driving history is assessed along with the specific circumstances of the speeding ticket, including how egregious the violation (how many miles per hour over the speed limit) and the driver’s interaction with the police officer during the stop. With or without a lawyer, these factors typically influence the outcome of the charge. However, merely exercising your right to a hearing does not, by itself, mean your ticket is likely to be dismissed or reduced.
Hiring an attorney experienced in handling traffic tickets can potentially make a large difference in the outcome of your case. Your attorney will be able to develop a strategy to fight the charge and present your evidence. Your attorney may also be able to recommend taking certain actions before your hearing which could assist in receiving a more favorable outcome. So to answer the second question: yes, hiring an experienced attorney can potentially increase one’s chances of a favorable (or at least more favorable) outcome in traffic court.
Our attorneys have over 75 years of combined courtroom experience. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have recently received a speeding ticket and would like a consultation, either by phone or in person.