What You Can Expect During a Day in Traffic Court

August 7, 2018

There are many reasons you may have found yourself scheduled to appear in court, from getting a speeding ticket or failing to stop at a red light to DUI and reckless driving. If this is your first offense, here is some insight into a typical day in traffic court.

Your Day in Court

The first date that you will have the opportunity to present your case is called the arraignment. Arrive early to ensure you can find the courtroom and take a few minutes to prepare before the proceedings begin. Make sure you bring all documentation you need to present your case.

When the courtroom opens, you will be one among many individuals at the courthouse for the same or similar offenses. A clerk or bailiff may explain the rules and how the courtroom process works. After being sworn in, the judge will take the bench and begin calling cases.

Your Plea

When your name is called, you and your accident ticket lawyer will move to the podium to state your plea in front of the judge. You usually have two options.

  • Admit fault –This means you enter a “no contest” or a guilty plea. In most states, the judge has the authority to reduce the fine, which can make it worth spending the day in court.
  • Plead not guilty –If you are fighting a speeding ticket, this is equivalent to requesting a trial. A date is set if the officer comes to court. If you don’t already have a traffic ticket attorney, you should consider retaining one.

Contact Us Today

Engaging a speeding ticket lawyer can help you fight the ticket if it was the result of a speed trap, even if the officer had a radar gun. Attorneys at The Ticket Clinic have nearly 30 years’ experience representing clients in traffic court and at trials. Contact us or call 1-800-248-2846 for a free consultation.