Should you contest an accident-related traffic citation?

If you are involved in an automobile accident and receive a citation, but you don’t believe the accident was your fault should you contest the ticket?

Ultimately, the decision is yours.  Some questions to consider are:  What are your chances of success if you do contest it? How much will it cost you?  Will you lose your driving privileges?  A lawyer can help you assess your situation.

If you decide to contest the citation, you are entitled to a trial.  If the case is to be resolved in municipal court, a judge will decide the matter.  If the case is to be resolved in circuit court, a judge also will resolve it, unless you immediately request a jury and pay the required fee.

If you decide that you do not want to contest the citation, and if someone else’s person or property was injured as a result of the accident, you should plead “no contest” rather than “guilty.”  A no contest plea, unlike a guilty plea, can’t be used against you later in a lawsuit.

If you have been ticketed for an accident that you do not believe is your fault, contact an attorney as soon as possible.  Call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys.  Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio, and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

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