If you are pulled over for a traffic offense, chances are you will be issued a traffic ticket. The ticket should specify the offense, the applicable fine as well as the court date. So, how should you fight the ticket?
What you do, or do not do, following a traffic offense can impact the outcome of your case. Here are simple tips that can help you fight a traffic ticket in NC.
Be polite and respectful to the officer
It is not unusual for a motorist to get upset when they have been pulled over, especially when they believe they have done nothing wrong. However, reacting with anger can only hurt your case in the long run. Being polite, respectful and cooperative may help you escape with a warning. On the other hand, if you are uncooperative, the officer may note this on your charge sheet, and the prosecution will be adamant not to cut you a deal if the matter ends up in court.
Do not admit guilt or make excuses
Once you are pulled over, the officer will likely ask you if you know why. The best thing you can do is say “No.” Keep in mind that any admission or confession you make can and may be used against you in court.
A conviction for a traffic offense can have serious consequences, including fines, suspension of your driver’s license or jail time. Knowing how to fight a traffic ticket is key to having your charges reduced or dropped altogether.