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Legal particulars matter when fighting traffic offenses

Many Indiana motorists have been ticketed for speeding or other supposed driving violations. In fact, some have wound up incurring substantial fines and penalties that may have included driver license suspension. Others, however, managed to successfully fight against the alleged traffic offenses of which they'd been accused.

It can be difficult to assess a particular situation and determine whether it's worth trying to fight a traffic citation. Many who have done so in the past say it helps to be well aware of the various laws connected to a specific citation. That way, if a driver does decide to contest the matter in court, he or she can proceed well-armed with information that might lead to a favorable outcome.

Many incidents have occurred where motorists are cited with certain violations, but have then succeeded in convincing the court they did not break the law. This is often done by allowing a defense attorney to cite specific sections of a particular law, thus demonstrating that no violation occurred. For instance, a police officer might cite someone for a stop sign infraction; then, the lawyer can demonstrate that no violation occurred by pointing out a particular section of a law.

Sometimes, the written law can be used to challenge a citation issued by a police officer. Other times, it may be possible to demonstrate that the facts alleged by law enforcement do not match what actually occurred. In all traffic-related matters, an Indiana defense attorney can advocate on behalf of a motorist to mitigate potential penalties. Especially in situations where there have been prior traffic offenses, it may help to allow a skilled and experienced representative to address the court on one's behalf.

Source: FindLaw, "Deciding if Fighting Traffic Tickets Is a Good Idea", Accessed on Feb. 16, 2017

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