What to do immediately after getting a ticket

What to do immediately after getting a ticket

We’ve all been there. You’re jamming out to your favorite song, enjoying life, and you miss the speed limit sign that’s covered by a tree. Or you’re talking with someone in the car and notice the yellow light turned red juuust a bit too late. Or worse, your car’s headlight flickers out just as you pass a speed trap. 

Whatever the reason, when those flashing lights appear in your rearview mirror, you know you’re in for an annoying ride home. You just got handed a traffic ticket

So what now?

Don’t panic! These things happen. Just remember that getting the ticket isn’t the end of the story.

What to do in the car 

First off, just follow along with the officer. It’ll be less of a hassle to wait and fight your ticket in court than try to fight it on the street and anger a cop on an off day. 

Don’t let those Hollywood movies fool you, either. Trying to be sly with a cop will just make it harder for you to get rid of this ticket in the long run. 

If you have a dash cam, make sure it was recording before and after you were stopped, so you’ll have as much evidence on your side as possible. That footage can help you clear some misconceptions about why you actually got the ticket, and could be the key to helping you win a fight in court. 

What to do when you get home 

Don’t pay right away! There’s usually a time period between when you get it and when you have to pay. 

In Georgia that time is usually about 120 days, or 3 months, which is plenty of time to figure out what’s best for you. 

If it’s your first time getting a ticket, there might be ways to get out of paying that big fine or having your insurance go up! Defensive driving school can be an option for first time offenders to pay a little less and avoid having that citation on your record. 

If you want to contest in court, great news! We’re here to help. Check the court summons date on your ticket, and make sure you have your story straight and evidence prepared for when you go to court.

What to do when you’re at court 

If you’re headed down to the courthouse to defend against your case, get there early and make sure to dress your best. First impressions matter; if the judge sees you’re facing this case with respect and dignity, then they will too. 

Make sure to present your case with as much detail as you can. Having a rock solid story makes your story much more persuasive, and you can do that by describing your circumstances in the best light possible. Check out this post on “What to Do Before Court” for more info.

If you’d like any help after you get your ticket or feel like you need a hand making sure you have the best defense possible in court, call us today at : 770-580-3699

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