When it comes to speeding tickets, most drivers will simply pay the fine and move on. However, it could actually work to your benefit to fight the ticket with an experienced attorney by your side. The exact amount you will need to pay will vary depending on the island you received the ticket on and how fast over the speed limit you went.
The ticket for excessive speeding may fall between $500 and $1,000, so hiring a lawyer can save you money in the long run. However, there are other reasons why it may be in your best interest to have some help with this endeavor.
1. Keep insurance premiums down
It may seem simpler to pay the fine, but you could end up paying a lot more over the years. With a speeding ticket on your record, your monthly insurance premiums can go up. An increase of just $40 a month means you have to pay nearly $500 more in insurance each year for the same coverage. The cost of hiring a lawyer is offset by potentially years of higher insurance costs. It is a much better investment overall.
2. Protect your rights
It is entirely possible a police officer inadvertently or otherwise violated your rights when he or she pulled you over. Perhaps you know for a fact you did not speed, but the officer's equipment says you did. You should not have to pay anything for an error on the officer's end, and an attorney will ensure you get your due in court.
3. Change how the judge views you
You may think you can fight a traffic violation claim on your own, but the truth of the matter is that the court will look more favorably on you if you have an attorney in your corner. This shows the judge you are serious about your claim and will go to great lengths to fight for your rights. Additionally, the prosecution may feel intimidated when there is a lawyer in the courtroom defending you.