Lexington, VA asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia

Q: should I pay or go into court for a failure to obey highway sign infraction?

college-aged female, 1 previous record of speeding (non reckless) from over a year ago, otherwise clean record, involved in community. is there a benefit to at least showing up to court?

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Maria T Patente
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  • Manassas, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: People frequently choose to pay a ticket rather than contest it because they think it costs more to go to Court and take a day off of work than to pay the ticket. However, most people experience a large increase in their insurance premiums when points appear on their driving record. Three points on your driving record can be very costly. If you have grounds to contest the ticket, reduce it to a lesser violation, or attend a traffic school course, those are all better options. It is usually cheaper to hire an attorney to handle this for you than to go to Court yourself especially if you qualify to take a driving course to avoid the points.

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