Contesting Speeding Tickets
If you have a received a speeding ticket but don’t think that you deserve it, then there are some steps you can take to contest it. Many times a simple mistake by an officer, a traffic or weather situation, or defective equipment can be the real culprit here. Before accepting the lasting damage that a speeding citation can have on your record and your insurance, make sure you check out your options.
The first step in contesting a ticket is to gather information. Get the name of the officer, his badge number, his license plat number, and his radar gun serial number if he will give it to you. You don’t have to be rude when gathering this information, but just know that you are entitled to it.
At the time of the ticket make sure you read the notes that the officer has put down on the ticket and make sure they are accurate. For instance, maybe the officer will say that you crossed three lanes of traffic when you only crossed two. If there are inaccuracies have the officer change them before he leaves. If he refuses to then don’t make a scene, just make a note of it.
If the officer pulled you over while following you, find out where he started following you and make note of the situation. Write down if there was heavy or light traffic and any weather conditions that might have an impact on your driving and your speed (i.e. a pothole that you swerved to avoid).
When you go to court make sure you are presentable. Be neat, clean and prepared with your information. Make sure that you are respectful and polite. Chances are that the officer will not even show up to the hearing if he doesn’t think he has a good case, and that means that you will automatically get out of the ticket.
If the officer is present than make sure you ask a few probing questions including when and where was the last time that the speeding device was worked on and calibrated. More often than not the radar gun is out of calibration and this immediately gives you a good case for winning. Ask if the officer was moving when he clocked your speed. Added variables can make readings inaccurate.
Last of all bring up any traffic or weather conditions that would have caused you to speed. If you can put reasonable doubt in the judges mind then you are likely to win the case. The judges job is to be impartial and fair to each party. No matter what your situation it can be worth it contesting speeding tickets if you take the right steps.