Sometimes people want to challenge a traffic ticket. While hiring an attorney is an option, individuals could contest the ticket as well. These are typical steps to take.
Go to your court date
Usually, the ticket will have a time and date to make a court appearance. This for individuals who want to contest a ticket or have it dismissed. Go before the judge and say that you would like to set the ticket for trial.
Pay the Bond
Before you can set a trial, usually you must post a bond. This can sometimes be in the amount of the ticket.
This is where having an attorney can be helpful, because they can post a bond if they have bond privileges.
Get your New Court Date
Generally the judge will give you a new court date to come back and have your trial. Make sure you either write down the date or see that it is on paperwork given to you by the court. Also, its helpful to mark it on your calendar that you will need to be in court on that date.
Prepare for Trial
Gather evidence, witnesses, drawings, photographs, videos, request police records, and mentally prepare to question the prosecution. Typically, will be going against a trained prosecutor in court and the witnesses will be the police officer who arrested you. Have no fear and fight!
Go to Court!
Show up early to the courthouse on the date of trial. You will be nervous and getting there early will help calm the nerves. Relax and speak to the judge with respect. The prosecution will put on their case first and question the witness. Cross-Exam the witnesses against you, but be respectful. Then put on your case.
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Maybe after reading this you decided you may want to hire an attorney to fight a ticket. However, if you want to fight it yourself then go for it!
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