People call me all the time asking about traffic tickets they have received. The basic question often underlying this is: Should you even bother to fight the ticket? With or without an attorney, there are several things to consider.

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First, I’m talking about tickets that are probably deserved. If you really are innocent of the charges, by all means fight. Fight the power!

But if you probably did do what you are accused of, is it worth fighting? Keep in mind that you can get hit with fines, costs and points on your license if you are found guilty/responsible for the charge. In other words, if there is any chance of prevailing, the answer is probably in the affirmative.

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So it boils down to what you are accused of, did you get a break at the roadside, how is your driving record so far, and what is your aversion to wasting time in court and spending money compared to the possible rise in your insurance rates.

Yes, it sounds like a confusing flowchart but I explain it all in this week’s podcast. Here is the audio:

And the video:

Top pic is obviously the bookshelf that is usually obscured by me when I am pontificating on my podcast video. The top shelf is microphones and two significant cars. First row of books are law books. Second row may or may not be significant: I was simply putting books into the shelves in which they fit. I believe I have read them all at one time or another.

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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 25 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow.

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