People are funny. They call me about a speeding ticket or a moving violation. I often ask them, so how's your driving history (record) ? and they always say, "oh it's good." Is it really?
The Objective vs. the Subjective
Remember everything is relative. The range of Good to Ugly = A relationship between your age, your time as a driver (having a license), and what you have done or not done (violations).
Why is it Always TWO?
Just like almost every DWI client tells the police officer I had 2 drinks (2 beers, 2 glasses of wine), it is like the default setting to say I only had 2.
Why Your History Important?
There are always three potential defenses to a traffic (i.e.. speeding) ticket:
1. Factual defense: facts other than what they were?
2. Legal defense: improper (illegal/unconstitutional) police activity or filing or proof.
3. Equity defense: You deserve a break based on your exemplary past.
So is your history good, bad, or ugly?
Can it be used to help you or is it going to hurt you?
No tickets within the past 18 months = good
No tickets within last few years = great
Two or more tickets within the past two years = bad
Three or more tickets within past three years = ugly
Young driver = driving less than five years and multiple traffic offenses = BAD History
Have your record and traffic tickets reviewed from a "reality" perspective.
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