We love living in Texas, and in particular, the Houston metropolitan area. With so much to do in the city, and the beach available in Galveston, it is an ideal place to live.
However, traffic around here can be a nightmare, even in smaller cities such as League City. In a commute from League City to Houston, you are likely to run into traffic jams, construction, and frustrated drivers. Additional automotive traffic from tourists and the surrounding areas means you need to be on your toes when you drive.
But sometimes, you make a mistake while driving, or you go a little too fast due to needing to get somewhere, and you end up with a ticket.
Be aware that some traffic violations in Texas are considered misdemeanor crimes. For some of these violations, especially any that includes another party, it is important that you contact a lawyer to clear them up. Most traffic violations are minor crimes, but anything involving personal injury or intoxication will be more serious.
3 Options for Dealing with a Houston Traffic Violation
In Texas, you have the following three options to consider when you get a traffic ticket:
1. Pay the Ticket (and Plead Guilty)
By paying for the ticket in full, you are pleading guilty to the traffic violation. This means you will get points added to your driver’s license.
2. Take a Defensive Driving Course
With this option, you still have to pay for the ticket, and you have to take a course. The good news is, by taking the course, you won’t get any points added to your license, and your insurance won’t take a hit – unless you were found to be at fault in a crash.
3. Go to Court to Contest the Ticket
If you go to court to contest the ticket, it is highly recommended that you don’t go alone. Get a qualified criminal defense attorney to help represent you.
Whatever option you choose, make sure you meet the deadline located on the ticket so you won’t have to pay a late fee. Ignoring tickets can result in the suspension of your driver’s license.
Get Traffic Violation Help from a Houston-Area Criminal Defense Attorney
The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates has three convenient locations in Houston, League City, and Galveston. We are experts in dealing with Texas traffic violations. Don’t let old tickets sit and collect – it is important to deal with them so you won’t have to face suspension of your license. But, if you have already gotten to that point, then it is even more important that you work with a quality lawyer. Contact us today so we can discuss how to help you with your traffic ticket(s).