Prospect of receiving a Speeding Ticket
One thing that no person wants to face is the prospect of receiving a Speeding Ticket. It’s costly and if you’re looking up at a police officer who has stopped you in traffic to write you a citation, it’s embarrassing as well.
Today, with the advent of the photo radar ticket, you might not realize the damage your lead foot has done until days or possibly weeks later when you open your mail to find an image of your license plate on your vehicle that was speeding merrily along; if that’s not enough you’ll also find inside that envelope a hefty fine for breaking the law.
If you do happen to spot the flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror there are some important steps you can do at that moment that can help you to beat the speeding ticket and either pay a reduced fine or in some cases no fine at all. Anyone who has been pulled over for speeding knows how it’s tempting to argue with the police officer. This isn’t something that you want to do for a number of reasons.
There are however certain reactions that can help on the spot. It’s an old belief that acting as though you don’t know what you did wrong won’t help. That might not be the case. The same can be said for acting scared or upset. Police officers are first and foremost people just like you and sometimes human nature takes over and they’ll let you leave with just a stern warning. That’s not to say that you should break into tears when the policeman comes to your car but showing some emotion certainly cannot hurt.
Depending on the size of the citation it might be in your best interest to consult with a traffic ticket specialist. These are normally attorneys who specialize in traffic violations or retired police officers who just want to help the average citizen. Their familiarity and expertise in the area of speeding and traffic affords them insight into some of the lesser known loopholes.
Another alternative to hiring someone to fight the speeding ticket fight for you is to do it yourself. Instead of paying the fine you attend court on the date specified on the original citation the officer presented to you. Your plea is of course going to be “not guilty.” Again there are many small things the motorist can do in court to better their chances of not paying such a high fine.
When facing a speeding ticket it’s important for the motorist to remember that the fine most likely isn’t going to be the only price they pay for going above the posted speed limit. Speeding tickets often mean an increase in insurance premiums. In some cases, depending on the violation the fine can be hefty. Being clocked going well over the speed limit could cost in the hundreds of dollars when the ticket and the increase in insurance premiums are combined. Weighing all the options could result in lots of money saved. Please visit this website
Can I expunge a California DUI? – DUI Law Questions and Answers
Many felony, misdemeanor and infraction convictions [including DUI] can sometimes be ‘expunged’ from criminal records by proper application and Petition to the court, but only if there was no felony prison time sentenced whether served or not, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. If successful, the conviction would be retroactively reduced to a misdemeanor, if necessary, and then withdrawn and the charges dismissed. Expungement does not clear, ‘remove’ or erase the conviction, but merely changes the record to show ‘conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement’.
When applying for a job in the private sector, you generally do not have to disclose a conviction if it was expunged. However, the conviction is still a ‘prior’ or ‘strike’ for purposes of repeat offense, and must be disclosed on any application for government and professional employment and licensing, bonding, security clearance, etc. The licensing agency and employer then can decide whether you are barred from licensing or employment because of the conviction.
If youre serious about doing this, and you think you qualify under those rules, feel free to contact me for the legal help you’ll need. The fees and costs are reasonable, in the range of an hour or two of attorney time, and the process takes from a few weeks to several months, depending upon the court system and its backlog.
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