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Red Light Violation

Red light violations are traffic citations hand out to those who run a red light. Red light violations are usually given by an officer who witnesses the violation; however traffic camera tickets are becoming more popular. With a traffic camera ticket, the owner of the vehicle is sent a ticket through the mail. There are ways to avoid red light violations going on your driving record and raising the cost of your insurance premiums. To learn more about red light violations, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by Experts.

I received a Red Light Violation in Texas. It states that I entered an intersection on red signal, but I was actually making a right turn. Should I request a hearing or just pay for it.

You may want to ask for a hearing on this matter. You could plead No Contest and explain to the judge that you thought you were making a legal right turn at the intersection. You could use a film of the incident if there were cameras at the intersection. Another thing you should do is look for a sign at the intersection that prohibits right turns on red. You should ask the judge to withhold Adjudication of guilt if you agree to plead No Contest. By doing this, you can keep points from applying to your driving record as well as avoid higher insurance premiums. If you mail the ticket in along with the payment, you are basically pleading guilty to the ticket. This will result in points being applied to your driving record and could potentially raise your insurance premiums. If you are uncomfortable handling this on your own, an attorney will be able to assist you in the process and will save you money in the long run.

Is it possible to plead not guilty to a red light violation?

It is possible to plead not guilty to a red light violation. If you plead not guilty, the judge will set a trial date and you will be able to defend your plea on that date.

If you have a strong case, you will be given the opportunity to testify about the matter. You will also be allowed to present diagrams or traffic photos of the intersection to assist you in your case. If there were passengers in your vehicle, you need to have them present to verify the events that occurred the day of the ticket.Once all evidence has been heard by the judge, he/she will make the decision on whether you are innocent or guilty of the red light violation.

I have received my third red light violation in a year. I don't want to lose my job as a taxi cab driver. What can I do?

Red light violations are considered reckless driving infractions and could seriously injure you, your passengers or people in another vehicle. You should hire an attorney to represent you in court. The attorney would be better equipped in working with the court and the prosecution as to your remorse for your actions. If nothing else, your attorney may be able to have the points against your driving record reduced. Another benefit of having an attorney would be the judge considering the out of pocket expense you have for attorney fees may keep you from future red light violations.

I was given a red light violation at night and I was given a court date. The charge is unlawful speeding and violation of right of way. Will I need an attorney?

All traffic tickets are sent to court regardless of the charge. You may be able to pay the ticket by mail and not appear in court. You need to contact the court clerk to find out if you can pay the ticket without appearing in court. In certain situations, a court appearance is necessary if there is more than one offense. You could hire an attorney, but more than likely, the attorney fees will far outweigh the ticket cost. However, this would all depend on prior tickets on your driving record and whether or not you would be facing more serious charges. Minor traffic violations generally wouldn't require the assistance of an attorney.

Red light violations are considered by most courts as reckless driving and are treated as a serious matter. Many people who run red lights do so by accident but receive a ticket anyway. Many times, people feel wronged by receiving this type of ticket and want to fight it. If you find yourself in a situation similar to this, you should ask an Expert for legal insight.

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