Stopped by the Police? Don’t Panic
If you’re like most people, seeing flashing blue lights in the rearview mirror gives you a sinking feeling and sweaty palms. No one wants to get in trouble with the police, and the thought of having a ticket on your record can be extremely stressful. How much money will I have to pay? How will this affect my license? Will having a ticket keep me from getting a job?
These are the types of questions that run through most people’s minds after they get pulled over. Nevertheless, whether this is your first ticket or you’ve had several already, the single most important thing to keep in mind is this: Don’t panic. Lots of people get speeding tickets, and there are lots of ways to either avoid or minimize the consequences of a traffic arrest.
What to do if You get Pulled Over
Once you get pulled over, stay calm, and wait for the police officer to approach your vehicle. You will need to provide your license, insurance, and registration, but do not reach for these until the officer asks for them. The officer doesn’t know anything about you, and if they see you searching around they might think that you are looking for a weapon or trying to hide something. Just wait, be respectful, and respond directly to the officer’s questions and requests.
You are entitled to ask questions, but do so politely. If you do not understand something the officer says, it is acceptable to seek clarification. For example, if you were pulled over for speeding, you may want to ask how your speed was calculated. Your attorney can research this later, but finding out up front can make the process quicker.
Once you receive the ticket, you should review it carefully. If you dispute any of the information the police officer recorded, you should seek legal help right away. If you decide to fight your ticket in court, it will be your word against the police officer’s, so you want to do everything possible to give yourself the best chance to win.
Is it Worth it to Fight a Traffic Ticket?
Depending on the circumstances, it may be well worth your while to fight a traffic ticket. If the alleged offense is severe or you already have points on your record, you may need to fight in order to avoid losing your license. For DUIs, it almost always makes sense to hire an attorney – even if you think you are guilty of the offense.
Contact Attorney Tim Armstrong about Your Traffic Arrest
Jacksonville, FL attorney Tim Armstrong has over 15 years of experience defending clients for speeding tickets, DUIs, and other traffic-related offenses. If you received a traffic citation and have questions about what to do next, Tim can help. Call 904-356-8618 or submit our online form to request a free consultation.