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Are traffic tickets really anything to worry about?

Police around Loudoun County hand out a lot of tickets every day. Most drivers aren't on the receiving end of even this most common of long arms of the law. Because of that, it might be easy for a person who has received a ticket to simply face the music. Plead guilty to the infraction, pay the fine and get on with life.

Some police officer might even count on that happening. Evidence of that mindset might be on display when a cited person does challenge a ticket and goes to court. Often, the officer who issued the ticket doesn't appear to back up the allegation. That has prompted more than one judge to throw out a citation altogether.

Traffic violation allegations might not carry the same stigma or penalties as more serious crimes, but the cumulative effects if you receive multiple tickets can be significant.

For example, if you're convicted of a violation you should expect that it will show on your driving record for future reference by the authorities. If the issue is serious enough, it could result in you receiving demerit points that also can stack against your driver rating. If the record gets sent to your insurer, it could mean a boost in your coverage rates.

Think what it could do to your livelihood if you carry a commercial driver's license, drive a delivery vehicle, drive a cab or even want to drive for Uber or Lyft. There are serious implications, too, for your licensing status if you are a juvenile.

The thing to remember is that tickets are a form of law enforcement. Anyone accused of an infraction is accused of a crime and has the right to the presumption of innocence guaranteed by the Constitution. Before making any decisions about how to respond to a ticket, it can be wise to check with an attorney to learn repercussions and options.

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