What do I do with my ticket?
So you have made the decision to hire Rick for representation to help you fight your traffic ticket. Now what do you do with your ticket? Does Rick need a copy of the ticket?
First things first
When you receive a traffic ticket, whether it be a speeding ticket, violation of the HOV lane, improper lane usage or any other type of traffic infraction it is important to remember that you are required to respond to the court. You have 15 days from the date of the ticket to respond to the court, and these are 15 calendar days not 15 business days. If you have received a white computer printed ticket the location of the court information is found at the bottom of the ticket in the middle of the page.
If you have received a handwritten green ticket the court information is sometimes circled by the citing officer at the bottom of the ticket, or it can be found via a small checked box located directly at the top of the ticket.
When responding to the court you have a few options to choose from on how you want to handle the ticket. There are 3 different boxes that are located on the ticket. If you have a white computer printed ticket these options are located at the bottom right hand side of the ticket. If you have a green handwritten ticket, the 3 boxes are located on the back of the ticket.
The first option you have is to enclose payment with the ticket and mail the ticket directly to the court. By making payment of the total fine to the court you should understand that the traffic infraction will go on your driving record.
The second option is to request a Mitigation Hearing. By requesting this type of hearing, you are agreeing that you have committed the infraction, but would like to explain the circumstances in which the violation occurred. This will be a hearing that you will be required to attend and present your case to the court. The infraction will go on your record with a mitigated hearing.
The third and final option is the Contested Hearing. By selecting this type of hearing it allows the details of the infraction to be challenged in court. When hiring Rick for representation, a contested hearing is the preferred type of hearing Rick would like you to request when responding to the court and allows Rick to fight your traffic ticket.
We do need some important information off of the ticket to begin the process of hiring Rick. It is not necessary for Rick to have a copy of the ticket. However, if you would like to take a copy and provide it to our office that is helpful. We will need the infraction number off of the ticket. If your ticket is computer printed, the infraction number is located in the upper right hand corner of the ticket. If your ticket is green and is handwritten, the infraction number can be found in the upper right hand corner of the ticket and usually begins with the letter “I”. Now that you have selected a Contested Hearing you will need to mail the ticket directly to the court to the name and address that is printed on the ticket.
If you’ve just received a traffic ticket and would like Rick to represent you - give us a call.
If you have any questions at any time throughout the process you can always call and ask the office - we are more than happy to help.
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