It’s easy to speed on long stretches of highway, especially if you’re crossing multiple states in a single day. However, you also risk speeding tickets far from where you live, which can be especially difficult to challenge. How can you contest a ticket in Bryan county when you live hundreds of miles away?
Traffic Tickets Will Follow You
Your first instinct might be to not even bother. If you’re from Arkansas and were just passing through, what does it matter if there’s an unpaid ticket in your name in Georgia? Don’t tickets just stay in the states where they originate?
The answer is no, they don’t. While you may get a speeding ticket in Georgia, the authorities will likely share that information with your home state, which can trigger penalties in that state. This is especially crucial if you already have a few points on your license, or otherwise have a history of moving violations. If a ticket in your home state would tip the scales towards more serious consequences, you should assume that an out-of-state ticket will do the same thing.
Challenging Tickets In Absentia
The obvious thing to do is to challenge the ticket, which may allow you to get the penalties reduced or dropped altogether. However, the logistics of appearing in person are increasingly prohibitive the further away you live.
Fortunately, it’s possible to have an attorney appear on your behalf so that you don’t have to travel back to the state. They can present your case before a judge and negotiate the best possible outcome.
Before you decide not to challenge your speeding ticket, consider the total impact that an admission would have. Remember, the total cost goes beyond fines — it also impacts your insurance rates and may affect your actual driver’s license eligibility. Even with the resulting legal costs, challenging a ticket is often the most cost-effective strategy in the long run.