Pleading Not Guilty to a Traffic Ticket in Dallas County

Many Texans choose to pay traffic ticket fees instead of fighting them either by appearing in court or by retaining the services of a skilled Dallas County Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney.  It is definitely more convenient to pay the fee, but the consequences of doing so may result in points on your Texas driver’s license and an increase in your automobile insurance rates.  If you have been issued a traffic ticket that you strongly believe is not legitimate, you may challenge the ticket in court by pleading not guilty.  It is not required that you have an attorney when appearing in court, however, having an advocate by your side to represent your interests significantly increases the chances that you may in fact have your traffic ticket charge dismissed.

Reasons for Pleading Not Guilty

You may decide to plead not guilty if you believe the police officer was simply wrong.  Examples of how police officers may be wrong when issuing you a speeding and/or other traffic ticket include, but may not be limited to, the following: 

  • The police officer failed to record the correct automobile’s speed (for example, you are pulled over for speeding when the police officer had your automobile mistaken for another automobile that was speeding);
  • The police officer pulled you over for running a red light when in fact you did not run the red light (there may be traffic cameras that help when gathering evidence, and this may help you defend against the traffic ticket); and
  • The police officer pulled you over just past a school zone, accusing you of speeding in the school zone, even though you had simply sped up to the lawful speed limit just after leaving the school zone.

Regardless of the reasons why you decide to plead not guilty, it is important to have witnesses if possible to corroborate your side of the story.  Having a witness can be the key to having your traffic ticket dismissed.

What if I Lose at Trial?

If you pleaded not guilty to a Dallas County traffic ticket charge and you are found guilty, you may lose the opportunity to have your traffic ticket dismissed on other grounds or as a result of negotiations between your attorney and the prosecutor.  Further, with the assistance of an attorney, you may be able to have the traffic ticket reduced to a non-moving violation.  Therefore, pleading not guilty may result in dismissal if there is little or no evidence of your guilt, but the risk of losing can mean you have to fight your traffic ticket in other ways.  A qualified Dallas County Traffic Defense Attorney will provide you with all of your options and how to choose what option is best for your particular traffic ticket charge.

Contact Dallas Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

Fighting a traffic ticket in Dallas County can be quite difficult because most traffic tickets are not dismissed based on a lack of evidence or probable cause.  Instead, traffic tickets get dismissed when a qualified Dallas County Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney negotiates with the prosecutor to resolve your traffic ticket charge in a simple and reasonable manner.  If your traffic ticket cannot be dismissed, your attorney may be able to lower your traffic ticket charge to a non-moving violation that does not harm your Texas driving record or your automobile insurance rates.  To ensure you are taking the proper steps to handle your Dallas County traffic ticket, you should consider speaking with Attorney Jack Pettit.  As a former prosecutor with more than thirty years of experience working with the criminal justice system, Jack Pettit has a reputation for success and knows what it takes to reach a favorable result for his clients.  To speak with Jack Pettit regarding your Dallas County traffic ticket, contact our office today by calling (214) 521-4567 to schedule an initial consultation.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.

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