Unless it is a Red Light Camera ticket it is almost always worth while to dispute a ticket. The Court Attorney will typically reduce the charge to one that has lesser points on your license, or a lower fine, or BOTH. Also, if you bring the current insurance card and have proof that you had insurance on the date of the accident, that ticket is typically dismissed.
I wish you the best of luck.
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Yes, your ticket contains information about where to show up to contest it. No harm in trying. Any witnesses? Sometimes the officers don't show up and the matter is dismissed. You're stuck with the insurance card problem, although if you show proof of insurance when you pay the fine for that, there's usually a procedure that will expunge this from your record after the passage of time (without further infractions). The clerk accepting your fine payment can advise you, or you may be required to make a traffic court appearance - see what your ticket says to do. Unless the ticket itself explains all this, don't send in your fine for the insurance card. Go into or call the District Court clerk's office and inquire. Good luck!
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Yes you can dispute it, and actually disputing traffic tickets is fairly successful many times.
And no, as an individual, there is nothing that you are ever required to use an attorney for, although it is always a good idea to get some help from someone who has done it before.
You'd be amazed how many tickets are won in court by experienced traffic defense attorneys.
Contest your infraction. Theck the Contested box on the ticket and mail it in.
Call a traffic defense attorney.