A high percentage of U.S. drivers have received at least one speeding ticket in their lives. Some people collect many and then don’t bother to pay them until they are served with a city fine or court order. It is widely believed that police officers in each community must hand out a certain quota of speed tickets each day, which means they might cite a driver going as little as one mile over the speed limit, though this is not common. If you are pulled over and issued a speeding ticket, here are three ways you can try to fight traffic ticket.
Discuss with the police officer.
Depending on the circumstances of the speeding ticket, the police officer is sometimes willing to waive it. For example, someone who is rushing to the hospital with an injury or an expectant mom in the car might not get the ticket. Other reasonable excuses might be accepted by the officer, like a broken speedometer or fear of being chased or stalked, etc. Obviously, the driver should be truthful and not lie just to avoid a ticket or racking up speeding ticket fines.
Write a rebuttal to traffic court.
If the police officer is unwilling to waive the ticket despite a logical reason to void it, the driver can write an explanatory rebuttal and mail it to the traffic court with the ticket. The letter should explain extenuating circumstances and clear, detailed reasons why the driver does not deserve the ticket. Fighting your speeding ticket should be a matter of justice, not an adversarial effort to outmaneuver the police officer or traffic court.
Attend a court hearing and present argument.
To officially fight a speeding ticket, you can go to court on the scheduled date to make your case against the ticket. Some drivers even bring an attorney along, although a legal fee for representation may apply. Any support documentation should be brought as well, such as a doctor’s note stating you had an emergency or needed to be seen on the day of the ticket. Written documents help to bolster a defense presentation, and the judge or magistrate will take note of the extra effort made for this purpose.
Speeding citations are not uncommon, and most are probably justified. However, those that seem superfluous or within narrow margins of a mile or two of the speed limit may be arguable under certain conditions. The next time you get a citation for speeding, consider whether it is worth fighting, and if so, what would be your best approach. The XPolice website may be able to provide additional insights.