Is Challenging a Ticket a Good Idea?

by Jim Thompson | Last Updated: January 11, 2021

Perhaps you received a traffic violation because you didn’t come to a complete stop at a stop sign or a speeding ticket because you were driving too fast. Whatever the reason, many desire to contest the citation, guilty or not. Traffic tickets are nothing to covet as they carry with them the possibility of expensive and extensive penalties. These penalties may include:

With these potential consequences, it may be profitable to weigh the pros and cons of fighting your traffic ticket.

The Pros of Contesting a Traffic Ticket

Possible benefits of challenging a traffic ticket include:

The Cons of Contesting a Traffic Ticket

Possible costs and inconveniences of challenging a traffic ticket include:

Before deciding to contest your ticket, weigh these possible options and outcomes carefully. If you are certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that you received the ticket in error and are confident you can prove this fact in court, by all means, fight your ticket. On the other hand, if you have misgivings about your ability to do so, you may be better served in just paying the fine and committing to driving more safely in the future.