Traffic Tickets: How To Protect Your Driving Record

If you have received a traffic ticket in Texas, it is not an infraction you want to ignore. Beyond the cost of the ticket itself, your auto insurance rates can increase after a ticket, and you may accumulate points on your Texas driver's license. If you receive more than four points for moving violations in 12 months or seven points with 24 months, your license may be suspended.

Fortunately, if you've received a speeding ticket or another type of traffic ticket in Fort Worth, the attorneys at Mark D. Scott and Associates can help you dispute it or get the charges dismissed. Our lawyers are familiar with the traffic courts in Tarrant and Parker counties. We can advise you on the best steps to take, based on where you received your ticket.

Common Ways To Dispute A Ticket

There are two primary ways to dispute a traffic ticket. The first strategy involves disputing the police officer's judgment of the situation and/or his or her presentation of evidence. The other way to approach it is to claim that your behavior was a "mistake of fact" about which you were poorly advised (by missing or confusing road signs, for example) or one that was necessary to prevent harm to yourself or others.

In both cases, you will need to gather evidence about what happened to present in court. This might involve:

  • Interviewing eyewitnesses
  • Creating diagrams that demonstrate your version of events
  • Taking photographs of the scene that illustrate conditions that you had to accommodate in your driving behavior

Other Paths To Resolving A Traffic Ticket

If it is clear that disputing your ticket is unlikely to result in having the charges dismissed, you still have options for reducing its impact. Texas offers defensive driving and traffic school courses, which you may take at a commercial driving school or online. Successful completion of these courses may remove points from your driving record, reduce your insurance rates or fulfill a requirement mandated by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Get Back On The Road To Safer Driving

Contact us today at 682-990-2062 or by using our online form and combat the unfortunate consequences of a traffic ticket or DUI/DWI charges.