Being pulled over by the police can be an extremely stressful experience. If you've been given a ticket, then you might be panicking and might not know what to do. However, the most important thing to do is to maintain your composure and act rationally.
The Kinds of Tickets
If you've already gotten a ticket, then you probably know what that entails. However, it is important to understand the distinctions between different types of tickets. You don't want to confuse the severity of one type of ticket for another. For instance, a simple parking ticket will only set you back a chunk of change and that will be that. On the other hand, DUI's and DWI's can result in jail time and be permanently damaging to your reputation. Other tickets are somewhere in the middle, such as speeding tickets. In general, the fine will be proportional to the danger of the alleged crime. Parking in the wrong place is illegal, but doesn't usually pose an immediate danger to society. Conversely, driving while heavily impaired can easily result in injury, property damage, or even death.
Your Immediate Reaction
Oftentimes, people will argue with the officer that is writing the ticket. You shouldn't. You are much more likely to get the ticket withdrawn if you keep your cool and politely respond to all of the officer's questions. Being civil and respectful might even lead to a simple warning rather than a costly ticket. If you are rude to the officer, then your chances of being let go with just a warning are massively diminished.
Make sure to carefully take note of the situation when the officer pulls you over. If you have a dashcam or a GPS unit, those can help prove your innocence if you are accused of speeding. If the dashcam records your interaction with the officer, and if the officer does anything without due process, you can bring that footage to court to prove your innocence.
For many tickets, you will be given the option to contest. This means that you believe that the ticket was given incorrectly and that you did not perform the accused illegal activity. In some cases, such as parking tickets, then your chances of successfully contesting the ticket are fairly low. This is because you were likely not present when the ticket was assigned and are thus unable to provide eyewitness testimony. On the other hand, if you do have evidence that proves that the ticket is unjust, you should contest and (optionally) consult a lawyer from a firm like Hornthal Riley Ellis & Maland LLP.