Fighting the Charges of a Speeding Ticket
A speeding ticket is given to a motorist who has gone above or below the speed limit posted for a particular zone. There are many different innovations that keep track of the speed at which vehicles move on the road, and these can be the evidence that the authorities will use to bring the case to court. Although it is usually futile to try and get out of the charges, there are some ways that can help to reduce the charges or have them tossed out.
Many lawyers will say that in order to have a better chance of not being issued a speeding ticket one should be cordial to the officer or officers at the scene. It does not help to be rude or insulting when explaining one’s reason why there was an escalation or reduction of speed. First time offenders have a small chance of not being issued one if they are sober and earnestly state that they have good reason to be going too fast or too slow. Some reasons are acceptable, such as emergency cases, which will be immediately clear to the officer when the situation is explained. Another possibility is the lack of signs in the vicinity where the incident may have occurred. Even as one is charged with too much or too little speed, one can still have hope regarding having the officer speak well of the person during the hearing. A good way to improve one’s chances is to follow up the situation directly with the officer in charge and to continue to be courteous and friendly with him or her. One does not necessarily need to convince the officer to drop the charges, but it is important to point out to that the individual involved in the incident is a good person and that he or she has no intention of doing it again. If the speeding ticket hearing pushes through, complying with the court date is important, as it will show the sincerity of the person. Not appearing will only aggravate things and make the offense seem even bigger.
It is important to avoid going above or below the speed limits set by the state for each road and street. Traffic infractions such as these can be put down on one’s record and, for some states, will reflect in the in the point system that may be in place for each state. Some point systems accumulate the points and will eventually suspend the license of the driver. Other motorists prefer to keep their record clean with regards to traffic infractions because insurance rates will be increased by their company if they have had many brushes with the law. This is very damaging to the finances and can actually be a big motivation for drivers.