At Tarantino Law, PLLC, we work in many different legal areas, including traffic law. We have helped countless clients deal with traffic tickets over the years, and we want to help you get the best outcome for your case, too. In our experience, we have encountered a great deal of misinformation that people believe about traffic tickets, which has led to many making poor decisions when faced with them. To help you make smart decisions in regard to traffic tickets, we have put together this article to dispel some of the more common myths about them.
- Myth: You can get your ticket dismissed if there are any documentation mistakes. One myth about traffic tickets that our team has seen a lot is the idea that you can get a ticket thrown out over any clerical error. In reality, only some mistakes are considered serious enough to justify a review of the citation. For example, an officer writing down information in the wrong field on a form is considered a minor clerical error that won’t affect the court’s opinion. On the other hand, if there are mistakes about the violation (such as incorrect driver’s license or vehicle information) on the form, or if the wrong violation is documented, then you can contact a lawyer to get the citation reviewed.
- Myth: Traffic tickets can’t follow you out of state. While this may have been true in the past, in the digital age, your traffic tickets can follow you from state to state. If you get a ticket out of state, you can expect it to be forwarded to your home address and shown on your driving record.
- Myth: You can get out of a ticket if you have a good excuse. A third common misconception that people have about traffic tickets is that they can convince the officer to not issue one if they explain their behavior or offer a convincing excuse. While wanting to explain yourself is a natural instinct, you may be admitting guilt without realizing it. It’s best to keep your explanations to yourself and to not share details if you want to fight the ticket.