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Fighting Speeding Ticket

Is It Worth Getting a Lawyer for a Speeding Ticket?

Everyone seems to be in a hurry nowadays. There just never seems to be enough time in the day between the kids, family, friends, school, work and other daily obligations; just trying to stay afloat through it all. Life is demanding, which is why time is so valuable. When it comes down to it, we are all trying to squeeze out as much time out of the day as possible, even resorting to committing traffic infractions just to get a few minutes more.

Running late and having to speed around in life often translates to you putting the pedal to the metal around Philadelphia streets and highways. Most drivers see speeding as a norm and cruise the highways at ten miles per hour over the posted speed limit without a shed of concern that they will be pulled over for speeding. Sometimes you're running so late for work, an interview or a scheduled dinner with friends that you are so zoned into the passing minutes and the passing of other drivers that you fail to focus on the needle on the speedometer. By the time you acknowledge that you are traveling above the speed limit is when those flashing lights appear in your rear-view mirror.

All of a sudden your heart sinks to the pit of your stomach and before you know it the responding police officer is at your passenger window asking "Do you know why I pulled you over?"

People often wonder if it is worth it to contest a Speeding Ticket. The time you need to spend and aggravation and stress you experience in fighting the ticket often appear, at least in theory, to outweigh the benefit of potentially saving a few dollars. But usually, such a limited analysis does not do you or the situation justice. The reality is, speeding tickets can severely impact your driving privileges, carry lofty fines, and cause your insurance premiums to increase. So, not only should you contest a speeding ticket, but in all likelihood you should give serious consideration to retaining representation when faced with a speeding ticket.

Speeding tickets in excess of 5 mph over the limit in Pennsylvania will carry points, leading to costs beyond the fine itself. If you already have points on your license, or are concerned about maintaining a clean driving record, you will need to fight these tickets. Likewise, any ticket in a school zone or construction zone should be contested, as these carry significant penalties at any speed. Don't just pay the fine. Consider how the potential consequences will affect you, in both the short and the long term.

This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.

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