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Traffic Ticket Myths

Posted: 10/13/2016

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If you are facing a DUI or another type of traffic ticket in Wichita, KS, you may have heard that there are tricks you can use to get out of trouble. Unfortunately, none of these traffic ticket myths are true. Don’t fall for any of the following; instead, get in touch with a defense attorney who can help you resolve your case.

1. Do Whatever the Police Officer Asks and They Will Dismiss Your Ticket

While it’s certainly a good idea to follow instructions from police officers, it’s not a guarantee that they will dismiss your traffic ticket. Be polite and compliant, but don’t be surprised if you still end up with a ticket if you were driving over the speed limit or breaking another rule of the road. However, one thing is certain; if you are aggressive toward the police officer, you definitely won’t get out of the ticket and you could end up in further trouble.

2. Don’t Sign the Traffic Ticket and It Won’t Be Valid

There’s a common myth that traffic tickets are only valid if you sign them. Unfortunately for motorists, this isn’t true. By signing the traffic ticket, you agree that you’ll appear in court, but the ticket still applies even if you refuse to sign. There is no point in arguing with the police officers when they ask you to sign the ticket; the best approach is to sign it and then contact an attorney if you want to contest the ticket.

3. Police Officers Never Testify at Hearings

Officers often show up in court to testify at traffic ticket hearings. Even if they don’t turn up, the hearing may be continued to a later date when they are available. Wherever you live, you should assume a police officer will testify at your hearing and prepare accordingly.

4. Crossing State Lines Will Void Your Traffic Ticket

Running away from your problems rarely works. If you have a traffic ticket, simply going to a different state won’t make it go away. Even if you go to another state and stay there, most states are part of a program that shares information about traffic ticket violations, so it will still end up on your driving record. Some states don’t participate in this program, but more are joining all the time, so don’t believe anyone who tells you that your out-of-state ticket won’t apply.

5. Passing Another Vehicle is a Valid Reason to Go Over the Speed Limit

If you exceed the speed limit, you can receive a traffic ticket, even if you only sped up to pass another vehicle. You have to follow the rules of the road, even when you are overtaking. If you can’t get past another driver without breaking the speed limit, you need to sit tight and be patient.

Dealing With a Traffic Ticket

If you have received a traffic ticket and want to contest it, you need to get in touch with a defense attorney to represent you in court. For help contesting a traffic ticket in Wichita, KS, contact local traffic law attorney Jonathan W. McConnell. With years of experience helping drivers handle traffic tickets in Wichita, KS, Jonathan W. McConnell can ensure that you get the best possible outcome following a DUI or other driving offence.

Jonathan W. McConnell
328 East 1st Street N.
Wichita, Kansas 67202
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