Most of our readers in Illinois have probably received a traffic ticket of some kind. Speeding tickets are common, but so are others, like tickets for broken turn signals, taillights or headlights. When people get these tickets, they usually just pay the fine and move on. However, if you get too many traffic tickets your driving privileges could be in jeopardy. And those fines can certainly add up. So, what can you do?
Our readers may not know that, in some cases, you can defend against traffic tickets by going to court. That’s right – a traffic ticket isn’t just an “open and shut” situation.
Depending on the circumstances of the traffic ticket in question, you may be able to go to court and question the law enforcement officer who issued the ticket as part of your attempt to avoid paying fines for the ticket and, if the situation calls for it, avoiding a license suspension. In short, your efforts to contest a traffic ticket may save you money and time.
Stay on the road
There are two main issues when it comes to contesting traffic tickets. First, as mentioned, many people don’t know you can do it. And second, there are intricacies to the process that lead some people to just “give up” and pay the fine instead of going to court. If you believe that the circumstances surrounding your traffic ticket may lead to a possibly successful challenge in court, it could help you stay on the road by preventing a license suspension and avoiding fines.