Helpful Tips to Fight a Speeding Ticket
Just because you got a speeding or other traffic ticket, doesn’t mean you need to pay it. While successfully fighting a ticket can be complicated, the effort can absolutely pay off—by not having to pay anything.
The following are several ways you can fight your speeding ticket:
- Challenge the police officer’s subjective conclusion. It is possible to challenge the law enforcement officer’s view of what transpired during the time you got a ticket. It can benefit your case if you can determine the facts that tend to demonstrate that the officer was not in a good location to accurately view what occurred or was busy doing other tasks. In some cases, the posted speed limit is not an absolute limit at all, but instead, a legal presumption as to the safe speed for that road. This raises the possibility of challenging the officer’s judgment by proving it was safe to slightly exceed the posted limit.
- Challenge the police officer’s observations. The final decision of your case can boil down to an argument about whose version of the facts is correct. While law enforcement officers typically win in these instances, there are ways you can cast real doubt on their ability to accurately perceive the events which transpired. Types of evidence that can help you in this instance are witness statements, photographs of the scene, and also a clear diagram showing where your vehicle and the officer’s vehicle were in relation to the location of the alleged violation.
- Prove your conduct was necessary to avoid harm. Emergencies not of your own making are considered legal necessities. For example, if you can prove that you sped up to avoid an out-of-control semi-truck, you should be able to beat a speeding charge. The most important aspect is to argue that you were forced to violate the law in order to avoid serious and immediate danger to yourself and others.