3 Ways to Handle a Traffic Ticket in Utah - Liberty Law

Although we always recommend hiring an attorney for any legal matters, it’s understandable that you may want to resolve your traffic ticket on your own.

Here are a few tips:

1. Pay the ticket.

If it’s too bothersome to go to court, you can pay the fine online or contact the court. Keep in mind that paying the traffic ticket is the same as saying “guilty”; this means that you will get points from the DMV, thereby affecting your insurance. 

2. Negotiate with the prosecutor.

While it’s possible that you can charm the prosecutor and get the case dismissed, the more likely outcome is one of two things: amending the charge or receiving a “plea in abeyance” (this is essentially probation with a chance to get the case dismissed).   

3. Take it to trial.

If negotiation doesn’t work, you may want to have your day in court. If you’ve got a viable defense, you may want the chance to cross-examine the officer who pulled you over. Keep in mind that trials are difficult and unpredictable, so you may want to hire an attorney at this point.

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