Several jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Virginia are making up for lower revenues by writing more traffic tickets. This is making a lot of money for the jurisdictions, but costing drivers.
If you are one of the unfortunate drivers that receive a ticket, this is what you should do.
Never pay your ticket without first getting representation. You paying your ticket online is exactly what the Commonwealth wants you to do. It's easy money for them and seems easy for you, except you will pay in the long run with increased fines and insurance rates.
Get a local attorney to represent you. Representing all of the drivers being accused of speeding has really made the market for attorney's very competitive. You can generally get representation for under $200. The best part is you won't ever have to appear in court. The attorney will handle it all for you. The benefit of a local attorney is that they are the most familiar with the judge and court where they will represent you. The fee will in most cases pay for itself in reduced fines and insurance rate increases.
If you already paid your ticket, it's not too late. If you fell for the convenience of paying your ticket, all is not lost. You can still get an attorney to represent you. Contact a local attorney for more information.
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