You have options to avoid the points on your license. Given your clean driving history, you are probably eligible to receive a withhold (no conviction, thus no points). You may want contact an attorney to ensure this is done properly. However, individuals appear in traffic court frequently without attorneys and may achieve the same results.
As in any case, an attorney may review the facts to determine whether you have any defenses. Additionally, you should make your attorney aware if there are any civil issues associated with this incident so they may coordinate with the civil attorney to avoid any potential complications with the companion case...if there is one. Best of luck!
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If you want to contest this, you need to get in touch with an attorney soon so they can get ahead of the game. You don't want to lose any rights and you want the attorney to be able to handle things with the DMV as quickly as possible.
You should definitely get a lawyer. Accident tickets should always be fought. Witnesses aren't always the most reliable under good cross examination. Your attorney can raise reasonable doubt with the judge. Furthermore, if you are successful with an attorney, you end up avoiding a big insurance rate hike. I practice in Tampa if you wish to contact me.
Hire a traffic attorney to fight this ticket on your behalf, the last thing you want to do is to pay the ticket and plead guilty.
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