Selling that Violation Ticket
What most people don’t see
Being stopped by the law enforcement can always be
unsettling, even if you have done nothing wrong.
There are some things you should know if you are ever
stopped by an officer.
The best way out of a Ticket
• Don’t break the law. It’s a simple
practice that seems to work for
It not like that Officer Honest!
• One minute you’re cruising
down the highway making
record time on your commute,
and the next you’re pulled over
on the side of the road with the
flashing lights of a police cruiser
in your rear view mirror.
The Law Enforcement Community
Heavy emphasis is placed on a
constable's courtesy toward the
public, but police politeness has
never been universal practice.
"Remember that your thoughts
and emotions are revealed by
facial expression, tone of voice or
a gesture.... Etiquette in Police
• ‘We are putting community needs at the
forefront of what we do. We are constantly
listening to the community and using it to
improve what we do in a way that benefits
them, not just us.’
The police should always act appropriately and
face the consequences if they don’t - should
they be polite of course they should
They are trained in your Human Rights
Human rights are rights that derive from the inherent dignity and
worth of the human person; they are universal, inalienable and equal.
The principle of respect for human dignity is the foundation of any
national or international text on the protection of fundamental rights.
Human dignity is inviolable; there can be no exception, nor can any
limit be imposed, even where law and order is concerned. The
possession of human dignity carries certain immutable moral
obligations. These concern the treatment of all other human beings,
the duty to preserve life, liberty and the security of persons. To
preserve peace and stability in their respective states and to gain
trust and support from the citizens, the police must respect, protect
and promote human rights.
They are also trained in.
• Victimology is also important in the overall
investigative process. The study of the offenders’
selection of victims, the victims’ health,
backgrounds, social habits and personalities may
provide clues as to why they were chosen,
thereby offering insight into how the offender
thinks and subsequently acts. If police can
determine how the offender is acting now, they
may be better able to determine future
offenders’ behaviour, possibly leading to
successful preventive action.
Tickets are Preventive Action
Every Traffic Stop
• Law Enforcement Takes ownership of your
matter if it is a policing issue, they:
• Attempting to resolve your matter at the first
point of contact, or
• Contacting and transferring your matter to the
appropriate area of responsibility for
management until resolved, and
• Providing general information about the steps
police will take to address your matter or
It not about getting the toaster
Tickets are corrective actions designed educate
motorists about the dangers of unsafe driving
behaviors committed by cars around trucks, trucks
around trucks, and trucks around other types of
Unsafe driving behaviors may include, but are not
limited to: unsafe lane changes, tailgating, failing to
signal lane changes, failing to yield the right of way,
speeding, and aggressive driving (a combination of
two or more behaviors).
• The Police are the People and the People are the Police
Always Be Calm And Polite
First and foremost remember that police are people too,
and also remember that law enforcement is a difficult
and dangerous job. With that in mind, you should always
deal with the police in a calm, polite, and professional
manner. But being polite does not mean that you should
ever, under any circumstances, give up your rights.
Sometimes we have Choices
To increase your chances of a receiving a warning rather than a ticket:
• Make it an easy stop. Pull over quickly, turn your interior lights on
and keep your hands in sight on the wheel. When an officer
approaches a vehicle, says Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright, he or
she will be looking at how many people are in the car and where
their hands are.
• Be respectful. If you were looking for a way to ensure a ticket,
being argumentative, angry or rude is a great way to do it. "There is
no guarantee that a driver will receive a warning based upon
behavior "but it certainly helps to be respectful and less
• Save the excuses. Law enforcement officers have heard them all,
so save your sob story. Answers to any questions should be brief
and noncommittal. (For example, if the officer asks if you know why
you've been pulled over, say no, legal experts advise.) Don't argue.
This isn't a court.
The Gift Certificate you now have
• What is a traffic ticket? A traffic ticket may be
a legal notice that is issued to an individual by
the law enforcement authorities for violating
traffic rules and regulations. An individual may
have to either face punishments or pay fines if
they have been given a traffic ticket. An
individual can also sometimes face suspension
of their driver’s license if they do not pay the
What does paying my violation ticket mean?
• By paying the violation ticket in full or in part,
you are considered by the courts as
submitting a guilty plea to the charged
described on the front of your violation ticket.
• The full ticketed amount becomes
immediately due and payable. The full amount
includes the fine amount, plus a 15 per cent
Maybe but not always
Do I have to appear in court to dispute the amount of
the fine and/or receive more time to pay the fine?
• No, you do not have to appear in court, but you must
complete, sign and submit the violation ticket
statement and written reasons form. This means that
you are pleading guilty to the charge(s) and disputing
only the amount of the fine.
Will my request to reduce the fine and/or have more
time to pay be automatically granted?
• No. The justice will review your submission, consider
your request and then advise you by mail as to
whether the request will be allowed.
• Fess Up
I feel your thoughts but!
The best way to avoid a ticket is to be honest and take responsibility. “Cops deal with people from
all walks of life, from every strata of society, every single day,”. “They’re not easily fooled or
manipulated. If you’re simply saying what you think the cop wants to hear, he or she will probably
detect it. That’s why, as they say, honesty is the best policy.” Drivers lie to cops or try to make
excuses so often, it’s a relief to hear honesty and see a driver taking responsibility,.
• Bite Your Tongue
Rather than getting angry that you’ve been busted, kill ‘em with kindness. If you’re polite, and take
responsibility for what you did, the officer might give you a break and cite you for a lesser
violation,. Whatever you do, don’t say, “whatever,” or “I’m gonna have your badge,” and for God’s
sake don’t tell the officer, “I’m calling my lawyer,”. Cops deal with lawyers all the time—they’re not
intimidated by them.
• Save the Tears
Sometimes turning on the waterworks saves you from a ticket, but most of the time—the tears
won’t help much. “If the officer thinks you’re crying to manipulate him, out comes the ticket book,”.
• Be Prepared
If you’re looking to impress the officer, being well prepared is a good way to do it. “If the driver
wants to have the documents readily available, which cops do like, keep it in a visor holder,” . “In
this case, the driver is reaching up to where the officer can see what he or she is doing.” Another
great tip is to keep your hands on
Because it can be used in court
YOU SAID IT FIRST
• Avoid admissions of guilt and never make
excuses or create outlandish stories.
– When you are asked if you know why you were pulled
over, just respond with a simple and polite, "No officer,
I do not,".
– Keep in mind that honesty is the best policy especially
when you prefer to get off with merely a warning.
– On the other hand, if you do get you the ticket, and
decide to contest it, remember that any admissions
you make now, can be used against you later.
The Police are not Super People they
to make mistakes
• Check your ticket for accuracy by reviewing it immediately
upon receipt. There are two considerations here:
– If there are inaccuracies that may hurt your case (i.e. if the
officer notes on the ticket that you crossed two lanes of traffic
when you only crossed one, or if he says traffic was heavy when
in fact it was light), ask him immediately to correct them. Be
very polite when requesting changes to your ticket. However if
you find that the officer is not accommodating, do not argue
but record the actual circumstances in your mind, and after he
leaves, jot it down.
– On the other hand, if there are inaccuracies that may help your
case or get the ticket dismissed, such as the wrong license plate
number, the wrong street, etc., you do not want to call
attention to them.
Personality andyou are
Your Personality is who
Your Attitude could increase the event
• On a rare occasion you may receive a speeding ticket from a police officer
who is not polite. Perhaps you were driving a little over the speed limit but
are sure there is no way you were traveling as fast as the ticket says you
were driving. The cop was a real jerk. Perhaps you asked to look at his
radar unit to see the reading and he would not let you. Perhaps he shows
you a reading that you think was not from your driving.
It may not be justice but it is a fact of life. The officer is not obligated to
show you the radar reading. He doesn't have to prove to you that you
were speeding, he just has to prove it to the Court. And while it would
sure be nice, there is no requirement that the officer be pleasant while
issuing you a ticket, although most of them are polite.
Body Language and the Eyes
• Be conscious of your body language and eye
movements . The police (especially
interrogators) are very well trained in reading
your body language and eye movements.
These are involuntary movements that you
make, and reveal your state of mind, and even
if you are lying or telling the truth.
Your Eyes tell the Ticket
Like it or not!
A Basic Guide to Interaction with Police
Remember the Police will
Identifying a difficult customer
• No matter what you do, there will always be some customers you will not be able to satisfy and
there are many reasons for this. In dealing with these people, always remain objective,
professional and calm
• To test if a customer is being reasonable, look at their issue and not the person. What may seem
small to you can be significant to them
• Record in a narrative or in your notebook/duty book when a customer is difficult and, if necessary,
advise a supervisor or manager
• If you can’t satisfy a difficult customer, seek advice from a senior officer and record your actions
Recognize problems and address them
• On certain occasions difficult customers will try to provoke you. Don’t allow them to unsettle or
• Be alert to any threats or dangers to you or the organization through your responses (such as
• Managers will audit some difficult customers so ensure information is properly recorded and noted
by other police
• Your best defense against a difficult customer is to remain professional
Processing Your Information
• Once a police officer has collected all the pertinent
information from you, he or she is likely to return to the
police car, and there may be a substantial delay until he or
she returns. The officer has a protocol to follow during a
traffic stop. These procedures can be time-consuming.
• If the police officer decides to issue a warning, be sure to
thank him or her and promise to be more careful in the
future. On the other hand, if the officer issues you a citation,
then listen carefully to what he or she says and ask
questions if needed. In most cases, the citation should
include a court date, along with a means of waiving the
court appearance and paying the fine directly.
You have the right, We maintain that right
• You have the right to go to court
• You have the right to bring
evidence that was not present at
the time of the stop
• You have the right give evidence
to the judge based upon the
• You have the RIGHT TO PAY THE
TICKET IF YOU ARE FOUND