How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket in Court

How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket in Court

If you’ve been caught speeding, chances are you are upset about the ticket and you want to get out of it. In addition to the traffic ticket fine, the court costs, and the time you spend in court, your auto insurance rate will likely hike up, making you pay for the speeding ticket for the next three years. Here are five different things to consider to help you get out of a speeding ticket.

Never Admit Any Wrong Doing

When the officer pulls you over, never admit that you did anything wrong, and let him tell you what you were doing wrong. If you admit that you were speeding in beginning, he can ticket you and you are going to have a harder time getting out of it.

Cooperate with the Officer

Be polite to the officer, and provide your license and insurance information. Consider asking if he can let you off with a warning this time, but if not, take the ticket graciously and do not cause any problems because you could easily make the situation worse, ending up with more than a speeding ticket.

Choose the Opposite Time of Day from When the Ticket Occurred to Go to Court

If your ticket occurred in the morning, choose an afternoon court time if possible. If your ticket occurred in the afternoon, choose a court time in the morning. The idea behind this tactic is that the officer who ticketed you will not be on duty, and therefore will be less likely to show up in court. If the officer does not show up in court with you, you’ve automatically won your case, because he has to be there before they can charge you with the ticket. This tactic may not work in some areas though because you may not have a choice as to when you can appear in court.

Place Doubt in the Judge’s Mind

When you get to court and see the officer there, ask one last time if he can let you off. Chances are he will say no, but it is one of those things you won’t know if you do not ask. If the officer continues to go forth with the ticket, be prepared to ask him questions to question his memory and place doubt in the judge’s mind. Ask questions such as: “What kind of car do I drive?” “Was there a passenger in my car?” “What clothes was I wearing?” When he can’t recall these details, the judge will likely question his memory.

Ask the Judge for Leniency

Another thing to do is just to ask the judge for leniency. You can offer to go to a traffic class, a defensive driving course, or to do community service instead of getting convicted of the traffic ticket and points on your license.