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Negotiation may help reduce legal fines

When people are hit with a misdemeanor offense in Oregon for the first time, depending on the reason why they were cited in the first place, their consequences could be anything from a legal fine to a more serious consequence. In some circumstances, people may be able to negotiate a settlement on the fine they have received to reduce its impact on their long-term financial standing. 

Perhaps the most important thing for people to remember is that trying to negotiate a lower fine may not always be an option, but when it is, it is critical that they are prompt in seeking to work something out with the court before it is too late. Gobankingrates.com suggests that a person's decision to be proactive and begin communicating with the authorities and the courts immediately is often the most effective way for them to work out a deal. 

Forbes has shared some helpful information about how people can make negotiation efforts a bit more promising including the following:

  • People should refrain from allowing their emotions to take over. They should communicate with confidence, respect and clarity. 
  • People should avoid placing blame on someone else or making excuses for their behavior. 
  • People should spend adequate time listening and refrain from interrupting or behaving defensively. 
  • People should do some research to avoid making false claims or accusations that hold no merit.

People should also contribute their ideas to coming up with a creative solution that benefits everyone involved. When they are able to confidently provide solutions, a court may be more willing to explore the suggested options. 

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