The Process Of Fighting A Speeding Ticket
Your heart skips a beat. Red and blue lights in your rear view mirror inform you that you are being
pulled over. Although you may have been going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone, none of that matters to you
now. What do you do? What do you say? The best thing at this point is to remain calm. Here are some
details that will help you understand how to fight a speeding ticket.
Always be polite to the police officer who pulls you over. While the situation may be uncomfortable,
showing respect and being cooperative will work out better for you in the long run. Depending on the
officer, you may even be able to avoid a ticket altogether by being polite. Make sure that you are
honest with your answers; however, try not to give away too much or admit to guilt. Keep in mind that
whatever you admit to may be used against you later if you choose to fight your ticket in court.
As the police officer writes your ticket, there are a few different approaches that you can take in dealing
with the issue. One approach involves you remaining calm, and not getting too involved in the process.
Ask the officer if there is a way you can pay for the ticket online, or by mail. The officer will consider you
not likely to fight the ticket, and may forgo taking scrupulous notes on the incident. Having sparse and
insufficient notes on your case, may lead to your ticket being thrown out if challenged. You can also
take the opposite approach, and ask direct questions regarding why you were pulled over. Knowing the
specific facts may come is useful in court when challenging your ticket.
As soon as you get the ticket, make sure that you review it for accuracy. If there happen to be any
discrepancies in the information, ask politely to have the information on the ticket changed. If the
officer does not comply, be sure to write down the correct information so that you can remember it
Take note of various details that pertain to the incident and may help your case in court. Relevant
details, such as weather conditions, traffic, time of day, and other extenuating circumstances, are
important to remember, and will help you with your traffic ticket conviction.
Before you take the next step in contesting your ticket, calculate how much the ticket is going to cost. If
it is going to cost you more to fight the ticket in court than it is to pay for it, finding that information out
now will save you time. If your speeding ticket is going to cost you a minimal amount of money, it may
be cheaper to simply pay the ticket instead of contesting the ticket in court.
After you have gathered all of the appropriate information, and decided to take the next step in
contesting your ticket, call the courthouse and inquire about getting a court date. While laws will differ
according to what state you live in, be sure to research the proper procedure and information that you
will need to bring with you.
While many people will end up getting a speeding ticket in their lifetime, you don’t necessarily have to
pay for it. Research your options in fighting your speeding ticket and determine if it is a good option for