Depends on where the ticket is being heard.
It's not a slam dunk!
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
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The question in a seat belt ticket, or any ticket, is not will you "win" or "lose," that is the stuff of TV drama. The question is what are the insurance and licensing implications to being found guilty through plea or otherwise, and if there is no insurance or licensing implications is 4 to 12 hours of my life worth less than $135.00, which is what you would pay if you went online and plead to the charge. So long as you are not a junior driver or a commercial driver a finding of guilty to the charge of failure to wear a seat belt has no insurance or license implications. Contrast, if you as the driver were ticketed for unrestrained minors that is a moving violation and your insurance will go up. In that case it would be worthwhile to retain counsel.
Simple Answer: Yes but you must appear to defend yourself. Hire a lawyer to protect your legal rights. Good Luck.
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