New Mexico tickets can sneak up on you. We see a lot of drivers get caught with points on their record because they were fooled into pleading guilty on a ticket. Here’s how it works.
READ BEFORE YOU SIGN
It’s always good to read the ticket before you pull back onto the road. Unless the officer is in a rush somewhere, you can usually get information from him or her. If you have any questions about the ticket, it’s better to ask at the time of the stop than find out later in court. Don’t mistake: we’re not suggesting you argue with the officer. Arguing against a ticket is ALWAYS better to do in court than with an officer.
DON’T CHECK PENALTY ASSESSMENT
See the first section highlighted in orange. Drivers who check that box and sign beside it count themselves guilty in the eyes of the New Mexico justice system. Some officers will suggest you sign there or even pressure you to sign. Don’t do it. You’re only robbing yourself of the chance to fight the ticket and protect your license.
CHOOSE COURT APPEARANCE
See the second section highlighted in green. If an officer asks you to sign the ticket, that’s where you should sign. It gives you the chance to go to court and get a plea deal or dismissal to keep this ticket from hurting your license. Officers have road safety in mind and will prioritize their municipality over anything else. You can defend yourself in court, but you can also stand up for yourself here on the ticket.
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