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SPRING-CLEAN YOUR DRIVING RECORD DON’T LET TICKETS GATHER DUST
Once again, it’s that time of year when we break out the vacuums, dusters, and industrial-strength trash bags to clear out the junk that’s built up over the past year. Spring-cleaning is not for the faint of heart, and tackling such a big project can be challenging regardless of the size of your home. But when it’s all said and done, the satisfaction is well worth the effort. Clearing away age-old buildup can feel amazing, except, of course, when it comes to traffic tickets. Waiting till spring just isn’t an option when it comes to the court system. A ticket may sit on your kitchen counter for months, but your ability to address it disappears quickly. People often have this realization when it’s already too late to do anything, and the result can be shocking and stressful. We see it all the time. People call us and ask if we can resolve a ticket they received eight months ago, and we have to be the bearer of bad news. Failing to address a ticket on time can limit one’s options to fight the ticket and increase the fines by more than $600. Some courts even close a ticket and send it to collections if you neglect the ticket for too long. That said, we understand why this happens so often. People freeze up when faced with a traffic ticket for innumerable reasons. It’s a stressful and often expensive situation to be in. Paired with the outside pressures of work and bills, it can be incredibly tempting to just ignore the ticket, sweeping it out of sight and out of mind. Others may put off addressing the issue until they get a courtesy notice from the court, but sometimes the “courtesy” never arrives. If one never comes in the mail, then you’ve wasted valuable time.
As hard as it may seem, confronting a ticket right from the start is your absolute best option. Even if you don’t have the money to pay for it, the court can set up a payment plan, which is better than letting the ticket sit and possibly dealing with collections activity. And, of course, if you plan on disputing the charges, then you need to take action immediately. Here’s the good news: Consulting a lawyer costs you nothing. We offer free consultations precisely because we don’t want to make this any more financially difficult on you than it
“AS HARD AS IT MAY SEEM,
CONFRONTING A TICKET RIGHT FROM THE START IS YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST OPTION.”
already is. Furthermore, during our consultation call, we’ll let you know our honest opinion on your cheapest option, even if that means not hiring us. Sometimes a case is so clear-cut that the best thing you can do is pay the ticket, and other times, fighting for a reduced sentence or a clean record will make the most sense. We’ll listen to the facts of your case and give you our best judgment. So, while it’s all right to deep-clean your house once or twice a year, the same isn’t true of your driving record. If you’ve been sitting on a ticket, then there’s no time like the present to do something about it. The relief of getting it taken care of is well worth the effort.
– Paul Harman
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