Sarasota County- Other Ticket

Sarasota County- Other Ticket

If you are like most of us, when you hear the words “police” and “ticket” you think of a speeding ticket or other traffic violation.  Most of us do not think of the police as writing tickets for violations that occur outside of a traffic context.  However, within the field of criminal justice a ticket serves as notice to an accused that he or she has been accused of committing a criminal violation.  A ticket, also known as a citation, may be the preferred means of dealing with minor misdemeanor charges, and is basically a summons directing a person to appear in court or arrange to appear in court to face charges against him or her.  It might be helpful to view a ticket as a very toned-down version of an arrest.  By issuing a ticket, the police are telling you that they believe you have violated a particular law, which should be written on the ticket.  Just as if you were arrested, they want you to appear in court to either admit that you committed that violation or to contest the charges.  However, the police officer believes that the charges are not sufficiently severe the warrant putting you in jail until you can be arraigned.

When you look at a ticket as a mini-arrest, the implications of tickets become much clearer.  Just like if you were being held in custody and interrogated, any admissions you make while negotiating a ticket on your own can be held against you and used in a court of law.  Those admissions can be applicable in other scenarios outside of the original criminal case, as well.  Therefore, it is a big mistake to assume that just because you were ticketed for a violation rather than arrested for it that the violation is no big deal and that any punishment will be minimal.  The potential punishment linked to a ticket depends on the violation alleged in the ticket

If you are in Sarasota County and have received a traffic ticket and are not sure what to do next, contact criminal defense attorney Michael Raheb at 866-949-0888 or visit his website at http://www.michaelraheb.com/ to find out how he can help you.