What to do if you get a traffic ticket in Texas
No one likes getting traffic tickets. They’re expensive, annoying, and inconvenient. But what most people don’t realize is that when you get a traffic ticket, you are actually being charged with a Class C misdemeanor under Texas law and you can be fined up to $500 (that’s not including court costs).
Don't Just Pay the ticketOne mistake that many people make is that they just pay their traffic ticket and move on. It's usually never a good idea to just pay your traffic ticket. By simply paying the fine, you are actually entering a guilty plea that will permanently go on your driving record. This can cause your car insurance rates to increase and it can also count as points against your driver's license. If you accumulate too many points on your driving record your license could be suspended and you could incur surcharges.
Call a LawyerThe first thing you should do is call a lawyer. A lawyer can help guide you through the process and can usually negotiate a better deal with the prosecutor. Lawyers can help you lower the fine and can possibly get the ticket dismissed or get you on deferred disposition, which can keep the ticket from going on your record (which should always be the goal).