2 Easy Ways to Fight a Speeding Ticket
Did you know it’s quite possible to fight a speeding ticket and come out smelling like a rose? Few people have a lot of money to hire a lawyer but there are ways you can fight your own ticket successfully.
On top of not having a lot of money for a lawyer, not many have the ability or knowledge of traffic laws. If this is your case, here are two proven methods, which may save you a lot of time and expense.
1. Just plead guilty. This will work if you’re able to also provide an excellent and truthful explanation about why you received the speeding ticket. The judge may decide your explanation is a worthy one for consideration and reduce your charge. This will work especially well if you have an otherwise excellent driving record and the charge is fairly minor.
Unfortunately, a lot depends on the judge who will preside over your case. It’s a fact of life that some judges are pretty decent and others are tougher. It’s simply the luck of the draw who your judge will be.
Here’s a great tip. If you don’t know anything about the judge for your case, try getting to court early and observe how he or she handles other similar cases. If you believe the judge may prove to be somewhat difficult, you can always ask for what is a called a “continuance” which will give you time to rework your case or even hire an attorney.
When you go to court, the police officer who ticketed you must also come that day as well. Sometimes they get busy and don’t show up. This is wonderful for your case and most likely it will be dismissed.
If you do put in a request for a continuance, it’s probable the ticketing officer will not be able to attend on your rescheduled day or time.
A continuance is probably better done in writing versus verbally. Also, try to do it before your court date rather than waiting for the day you’re required to appear. But it can be asked for at the time you stand before the judge and still weigh greatly in your favor.
2. Strike a bargain. It’s always a possibility to ask the judge if he’ll agree to a bargain. Suggest your attendance at a driving school, offer to pay a fine or even ask if the charge can be reduced.
It’s true a speeding ticket can wreak havoc on your driving record. It’s vital you do all you can to avoid getting one in the first place. But, if you do, there are ways to handle the procedure so your charge won’t have such grave consequences.
If you don’t have the expertise to fight your ticket effectively, and you don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, then either one of these methods may just be the ticket you need to get you out of this adverse situation.