Mythbusting: Traffic Tickets
There are quite a few myths surrounding traffic tickets. Believing these false rumors can put you in an even worse legal situation. Below we tackle a few of these myths so you can have the right information. From there, you can make wise legal decisions and save yourself a lot of time and money.
MYTH: You won’t get a ticket for driving 5/10 mph over the speed limit.
FACT: While it’s unlikely that you’d get a ticket for going a little over the speed limit, it’s still possible. You’d most likely be given a ticket for going over the speed limit by 5 mph or less if the officer believed that your driving was unsafe. Driving 35 in a 30 when there are no other cars on the road may not send off any alarms. On the other hand, driving 35 on that same street when heavy fog is present might get you pulled over. That’s because Texas speed limits are “presumed.” You must be driving at a reasonable speed—including slower than the posted limit, if necessary—or you can get pulled over.
MYTH: If the officer doesn’t appear in court, the ticket will get thrown out.
FACT: You might want to cross your fingers and hope the officer who gave you a speeding ticket doesn’t show up for court. However, we advise against it. Appearing in court is part of an officer’s job, so there’s a good chance they’ll be there. If you were driving at excessive speeds at the time you got pulled over, the judge would probably be hesitant to throw your ticket out. In the slight chance that the officer doesn’t appear, the judge may instead reschedule, and you’ll still have to fight your speeding ticket.
MYTH: Red light camera tickets don’t go on your driving record.
FACT: Actually, this one isn’t a myth at all. As we briefly discuss here, red light cameras won’t go on your driving record or affect your license. The reason we list it as a myth here is that a lot of people still have misconceptions about this. Just because a ticket won’t go on your record doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. If you forget about it, it can get sent to collections and affect other areas of your life, such as your chances of getting a home or car loan. However, that doesn’t mean you should accept it and pay the fine! Our attorneys at Monks Law Firm can help you deal with nuisance red light camera tickets.
MYTH: You should handle your traffic ticket by yourself.
Traffic Citations should always be taken seriously and handled by an experienced professional. If you get a speeding ticket or a citation for any other traffic violation, we can help. Monks Law Firm has served clients in traffic court for over twenty-five years and has unparalleled experience resolving traffic violations. Contact us today to take care of your traffic ticket.