The simple answer to that question is that you probably do. Even what you may consider a minor speeding ticket can have unintended consequences in your life if you simply plead guilty and pay the fine. This is what many Virginia residents do, so why should you be any different? Because not all traffic law violations are created equal, and you may not be prepared for the repercussions.
For instance, if your job requires you to drive, any infraction on your driving record could create problems for you at work. The same could be said if you are searching for employment that requires driving. If you have a CDL license, traffic tickets in your personal vehicle can affect your status as well. Furthermore, some infractions actually result in potential jail time and steep fines.
Even if you do not drive for a living, more serious traffic violations such as reckless driving, hit-and-run and DUI or DWI can have significant ramifications on your personal and professional lives. Not to mention the fact that if you accumulate too many points on your license, it could be suspended. You may have defense options that you did not realize were available to you to keep these and other traffic infractions off your record.
This is where a Virginia traffic law attorney can be invaluable. Police officers are not infallible, and neither is the equipment they use that may have led to your ticket. It certainly would not hurt to explore your options by discussing the matter before you simply send in a check for the amount of the fine.