If you’ve received a traffic ticket in Southaven, Olive Branch, or Horn Lake MS you may be concerned about going to court and keeping it off your driving record.  Luckily you have some options.

If you can’t or don’t want to go to court, you should call a Southaven MS speeding ticket lawyer for help.  Your attorney can go to court for you.  Even if it says mandatory court appearance on the ticket, as long as an attorney goes for you then you don’t have to.

How do you keep a Mississippi traffic ticket off your record?  The law allows most of the  common traffic violations to be dismissed if you, the driver, are eligible and you do your part.  Common traffic violations include speeding, failure to use a turn signal, running a red light, and not wearing a seat belt.

So how do you know if you’re eligible and what do you have to do?  To be eligible you have to have a valid license, no traffic convictions for the last three years, and no participation in a traffic safety program in the last three years.  Traffic safety program generally means taking a driving class to keep it off your record.  If you’ve done that within the last three years then you won’t be able to do that on your current ticket.

If you are eligible, then you can take a four-hour driver safety class, pay court costs and the fine, and have the ticket dismissed and removed from your record.  You can do this whether you do not want to contest the ticket, or even if you do contest it and are found guilty.  So even if you have a trial and lose, the judge will let you take the class and keep it off your record.

The other exception to this is commercial drivers.  Commercial drivers–even if they’re driving their own non-commercial vehicle–cannot take a class to get the ticket dismissed.  Tickets for commercial drivers generally have to be tried.

Speeding and other traffic tickets can be worrisome because of what it could do to your license and to your insurance rates.  Also it can be a big hassle to go to court (especially if you live out of state).  If you’ve been charged with a traffic violation, contact Southaven MS speeding ticket lawyer Patrick Stegall at (901) 205-9894 or pstegall@stegall-law.com.  Mr. Stegall can go to court for you and see what options are available to keep the ticket off your record.

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