Traffic tickets are often viewed as an almost unavoidable cost of driving in the United States. It is virtually impossible to follow all of the traffic regulations all of the time, and we have all experienced situations in which nearly everyone on the road is driving 5 or 10 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. As a result, a significant number of generally good, law-abiding drivers are issued expensive traffic citations each day in and around Baltimore.
For most traffic violations, you have the option of simply paying the fine associated with the ticket and moving on with your life. While this may seem like the easiest course of action, in reality, it could result in several unforeseen consequences that could have a significant impact on your life. Some of these are discussed below.
Paying the Fine May Result in Points Being Added to Your License
When you pay a traffic ticket, you are admitting that you are guilty of the offense of which you were accused. Many traffic offenses result in points being added to your license, and if you accumulate too many within two years, you can face penalties like mandatory participation in a Driver Improvement Program or the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. In addition, if you accumulate points, your insurer may raise your rates.
Missing Your Court Date Could Result in Serious Legal Trouble
If you choose to fight your ticket of if the offense of which you are accused requires you to appear in court and you miss your court date, a warrant may be issued for your arrest and your driver’s license may be suspended. If you get caught driving on a suspended license, you could be facing serious criminal penalties such as fines and even jail time.
Contact a Baltimore Traffic Ticket Attorney Today
If you have been issued a traffic ticket, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Having an attorney handle your traffic ticket for you will often result in a better long-term outcome than paying the fine and admitting guilty. To schedule a free consultation with a Baltimore traffic ticket attorney, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today at 410-288-2900 or contact us online.