If you’ve recently received a traffic citation, you may wonder, “How do I fight my ticket?” The longer you wait to deal with a traffic ticket, the bigger problem it can cause you. Nevertheless, is it worth it to fight the ticket? Maybe you should just pay the fine and be done with it?
This is not a good idea for two reasons. First, traffic tickets come with hidden fees attached so that the actual fine you’ll be charged is more than the amount for which the ticket was written. Second, a traffic ticket can have long-term effects on your finances beyond the price of the ticket.
Fees and Surcharges
Let’s say, for example, that you received a speeding ticket for $35. You may decide that the fee is low enough that you can pay it out of pocket. When you go to pay the ticket however, you may find a number of other fees tacked onto the original fine, including county and state penalty assessments. In addition, one fee that you will definitely see added to your ticket is a 20% surcharge that the state of California applies to all traffic tickets. Even in the unlikely event that no other fees are charged, at baseline your 35-dollar speeding ticket will actually cost you $42, and with the possibility of extra fees, as mentioned above, the original 35-dollar speeding ticket could end up costing you more than four times the original amount.
Traffic School and Insurance Hikes
If you take your case to court and lose, you may be required to attend traffic school, and that comes at a price as well. Even if the traffic school doesn’t charge exorbitant fees, even a small fee added to the amount that you owe in fines can add up quickly. Furthermore, if you receive points on your driver’s license, you could end up paying higher insurance premiums, and that will cost you as much as $500 more per year.
Due to all these hidden charges, hiring a Sacramento traffic ticket lawyer to fight your ticket can save you money in the long run. Call The Ticket Clinic today at 1-800-248-2846.