How to Beat a Speeding Ticket and Avoid a Conviction
If you have gotten pulled over and ticketed for speeding, it can be a stressful situation for you, but it does not automatically have to mean a conviction. The most important thing to remember is that you have time between the incident and when you appear in court to fight it, so relax, and consider using any of these methods below to show you how to beat a speeding ticket.
Check the Ticket for Errors
Make sure the officer did not make any errors on the ticket. Errors on the ticket are grounds for dismissal, so on the off chance there is an error on the ticket, it will most definitely work out in your favor.
Decide Whether or Not You Want to Go to Court
Some people decide not to go to court to fight the ticket. Those who do not go to court have to plead guilty to the ticket, pay the fine and the court costs. In doing this, it saves time for you, but it could potentially cause your auto insurance rates to go out for three years, making the ticket a costly one. If your speeding ticket is just for a few miles over the limit however, it generally will not make your insurance rates go up.
Talk It Out
There may be a chance you can talk to the District Attorney or the Prosecutor before the court date. If you get this chance, take it to talk to them and see if you can work out a deal. Working out a deal will stop the ticket from going to court, and potentially stop you from having a blemish on your driving record.
Check the Radar
There may be a state law in your area that requires the radar guns officers use to check speed to be calibrated on a regular basis. Check the laws in your state, and insist that the radar gun be inspected for proper operation.
It is important that you are polite to the officer when he pulls you over, and to the judge and officer when you go to court. Cooperate with the officer’s requests, providing your license and insurance information immediately. Never admit that you did anything wrong, always letting the officer inform you of your wrongdoing so you don’t admit fault too soon and cause yourself to no longer be able to fight the ticket. Do not cry or try to give the officer a sob story, because chances are he’s heard it all and become rather hardened to that. Be calm, ask to be let off with a warning, and if he does not agree, simply take the ticket and go on your way.
You can’t always beat a speeding ticket, but your chances increase exponentially when you know how to.