Should I fight my traffic ticket?
Ultimately, this decision is up to you. Some tickets may not seem like they are a big deal, but they usually are. Paying your ticket means that you have plead guilty to the offence and you will be convicted. Often times there are legal arguments that can be made that you may unaware of.
You only get one chance to defend yourself, so it is important to do it right the first time. A conviction can add demerit points to your driving record, potentially cause your license to be suspended, increase your monthly insurance rates dramatically, and in some cases, mean a jail sentence or probation. It is strongly recommended to speak to a trained professional before deciding to pay your ticket.
What if I feel like I am guilty?
An important distinction must be made between feeling you have “done something wrong” and being guilty of the offence written on your ticket. The offence you have been accused of has very strict and specific elements which must have been met for you to be found guilty.
Just because you made a mistake, had a lapse in judgment, or maybe just made a bad decision – does not always mean you are guilty of the offence on your ticket. It is likely a good idea to speak with a legal representative to get advice about your options.