Multiple options, all costly
If you receive a traffic ticket in the state of Texas, you have multiple options to take care of it, but most options can cost you a considerable amount of money. It’s important to know that there is no set fee for tickets statewide; traffic ticket fines vary from county to county. The ticket will be costlier if you have existing points on your license. If you wish to learn more information about your ticket, there are a couple of websites you may visit. If your ticket was issued by the Texas Highway Patrol, use the following website to look up your ticket and learn more about the infraction: https://dps.texas.gov/HIGHWAYPATROL/CITATIONS/. To find details about your ticket from departments other than the Highway Patrol, visit the county website of the county in which the ticket was issued.
Plead guilty or fight the ticket, but do it in a timely manner
After being issued a ticket, you can either plead guilty and pay the fine or fight the ticket. No matter which direction you take, be sure to take care of the ticket in the appropriate amount of time. Ignoring a ticket or failing to appear in court can result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.
Be cautious if you decide to plead guilty and pay the fine, as the points system in Texas will penalize you for a certain number of points incurred on your license. Two points are added for any moving violation, and three points are added for any violation resulting in a collision. If you obtain 6 points or more on your license, you may be required to pay a surcharge. In order to remove the points from your license, you can take a defensive driving course. However, this will still cost extra money. You can take the course online, but there’s at least a forty dollar fee.
Your best bet to avoid having points added to your license is to hire a lawyer to represent you in court. Even if it’s a simple traffic ticket, the court system can be difficult to navigate with no prior experience. If you don’t hire a lawyer to represent you, it’s beneficial to consult one before appearing in court in order to discuss the best plan of action for your ticket. The date you must appear in court will be listed on your actual traffic ticket. Be aware, this will not be your actual trial, but an appearance docket to discuss your case with a prosecutor. Pleading guilty or accepting a plea bargain will end the process, and you may be required to pay the ticket, court fees, and/or attend a driving school.
If you still wish to contest the ticket and plead not guilty, you will most likely end up having a trial. This is when you’ll need to gather all your facts to prepare your case, have witnesses, and likely hire a lawyer to argue on your behalf.
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You may use any of the various resources here at berniesez.com in order to develop a plan of action for your traffic ticket. Multiple lawyers from your state are available to chat with you about your ticket and any questions you may have.