Traffic infractions are a compounding offense in Wisconsin, meaning the more of them you accumulate on your driving record, the harsher of penalties (fines) you can expect to receive with each subsequent ticket. If you have been ticketed for a traffic violation and believe you were wrongfully stopped by police, and should not be made to pay the fine for the alleged violation, it may be worth fighting the charge in court, which keeps you from having to pay the fine and the violation off your record.
The True Costs of Wisconsin Traffic Violations
Along with the base fines you can expect to pay when pulled over or written up for a traffic violation, traffic fines in the state of Wisconsin come with a lot of financial baggage, including fees to offset court costs and help fund the state’s crime lab, a penalty assessment, a jail assessment, and more.
Beyond that, having traffic violations on your record, such as speeding or reckless driving, often increases the premiums for your auto insurance, which means you will be paying for a traffic infraction long after the ticket has been written.
Habitual Offender Suspension or Revocation
If you have too many traffic violations, it’s not just about financial repercussions anymore. Certain traffic violations, such as driving under the influence, refusing to take a drug or alcohol test when suspected of driving under the influence, or leaving the scene of an accident, may result in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, so may having too many minor traffic violations. Each time you are written a traffic ticket, it puts points on your license, and if you are classified as a habitual offender, the court system is within its rights to suspend or revoke your driver’s license for a period of time.
Wisconsin Traffic Infraction Attorney
If you’re going to fight a traffic violation in court, you need an attorney who is familiar with the traffic court system, and who knows just what to argue on your behalf. Eric Raskopf serves clients charged with traffic violations throughout Waukesha, Jefferson, Dodge, and Milwaukee Counties. Eric knows that even a minor charge can mean a lot to his clients, and works hard to keep traffic infractions off their records, so they can keep a clean driving record, avoid paying sometimes steep fines or losing their licenses, and avoid an increase in their insurance premiums.