Q: Is it worth fighting a traffic citation that cost $144? And lawyer fees cost a lot more. And unlikely outcome?
I was the only person traveling on a two lane road. I looked down on my phone for no more than 2 seconds to look at an alert since no one was around. I looked up and a pickup truck was backing out of his driveway into a two lane road into my lane. I had no reaction time and slammed into the rear passenger side.
A: The Answer is, it depends. If it is a moving violation and you get points on your license there is a chance that your insurance increase. It may or may not but there is no way to know until it happens. Also, if you get points on your license and if you happen to get another ticket in the next year, those points add together and if you go over six points you now have some licensing issues with penndot where they might make you take the test again at a minimum or suspend your license at worst. Bottom line it’s always worth it to go to court. Paying for a lawyer now and either getting the citation dismissed or reduced to a 0 point nonmoving violation will pay off in the long run because you know your insurance will not go up. Also, If you have a lawyer, many judges will let your lawyer go to court for you to save you a trip to court. My suggestion would be a start calling experienced traffic attorneys and get a quote over the phone to see what it will cost. If you do plan on pleading not guilty please note that you must return your plea to the court within 10 days or risk license suspension. Good luck.
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