Being pulled over for a traffic infraction is very common, and will most likely happen to everyone at some point in their driving careers. Whether they were speeding or involved in a collision, the odds are good that they will be issued a citation. This bears many potentially negative consequences, as your traffic record can follow you for years to come, even affecting your ability to hold a driver’s license and auto insurance.
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When you get pulled over, be sure to comply with the police officer, being as polite and respectful as possible. Often, if you are simply calm and courteous, officers will merely let you off with a warning.
However, do not say anything about the infraction, or admit any sort of fault. Generally, they will come up and ask “Do you know how fast you were going?” or “Do you know why I am pulling you over?” If they present these questions to you, simply answer “No.” Do not go further into the matter, as they may be trying to get you to incriminate yourself. In fact, they may not have been sure what was going on themselves, and want to see if you will admit to the wrongdoing.
This is key, because afterwards you will want to decide whether or not you want to take the case to court. If you have admitted fault, this will make your case much weaker.
A variety of factors play into whether or not it is a good idea to take a case to court:
- Has an expensive fine been levied against you?
- Was this a collision, and where other people involved?
- Was the officer wrong, or exaggerating their claim?
If the answer to any or all of these questions is “yes”, it may be a very good idea to go to court. By doing so, you can potentially get the fine lowered, or not have points added on (should that be the case). With the build up of enough points, you can lose your license entirely, so it is always a good idea to take such cases to court.
Regardless, it is often prudent to go to court simply because many times the officer does not show up at all. If the officer does not present themselves, you have very good odds of the punishment being reduced or removed, since they are not there to present their side of the case.
In fact, you don’t even need to go to court— Woodgrange Solicitors can go for you, which is often better anyway.
Should you have had a collision in which another person was involved, if you are at fault (or they believe you to be), you will want to hire a lawyer before taking any legal action whatsoever. Without professional advice there is the potential to make mistakes that could cost you down the road.
No matter what your situation is, just keep in mind that it is always in your best interest to be respectful and speak as little as possible. But if you find the consequences unacceptable simply hire an attorney, and in most instances you will be able to achieve a much more favorable outcome.