Secrets to Beating a Speeding Ticket
The cop noticed you and he immediately did a U-turn, put his flashing lights on as he approached your vehicle. What should you do? Should you pull over fast or try to out run the cop? Many things will be racing through your mind as your heart beats faster while waiting for the cop to walk up to you. What you do and say can make all the difference.
The first thing to do is try to remain calm and concentrate on what just happened. Take a mental note of your surroundings and the reason you think he pulled you over. Take note whether the road was straight or curved. Was there any other cars ahead or behind you, what is the weather and road conditions, etc. While thinking of your surroundings, make sure to place both hands on the steering wheel so the police officer can see them. Do not reach into your glove compartment or anywhere for your license yet. If you do the cop might think that you are hiding something or are going for a weapon.
When the cop asks you for your license, registration and insurance, make sure to tell the cop where it is located. Say something like “my license is located in the glove compartment” and then proceed to open it. The officer will appreciate that you are keeping them informed of things because they are always prepared for someone pulling out a weapon. Your honesty might even help the cop decide to let you off with a warning. Be polite to the officer but do not voluntary any information which might incriminate you. If the police officer asks you “do you know why I pulled you over?” don’t say something like “yes, I was speeding” or “I was going a little over the speed limit”. If you say this then you are admitting guilt. The officer is trained to remember what you said and he’ll write all that info on the back of your ticket to remind him later. Always be polite but stand up for your rights.
Always remember something – in this great country, you are innocent until proven guilty. The officer is not the judge and jury. If you can’t handle the heat or the hassle then you can simply plead guilty or just pay the fine. In fact, that’s exactly what they want you to do. They want you to be like the rest of the sheeple and pay the fines. If you admit guilt and pay the fine, be prepared for higher insurance rates for several years. I never pay fines on speeding tickets, I always plead not guilty and set it up for court. If they feel that I’m guilty, then they must prove it.
During court, many techniques can be used to win your case. Remember all the info about the surroundings when the ticket was issued can help greatly. Having photos and Citing case law is of particular importance especially if it was similar to your situation. By asking the officer about the radar gun and proof that it was calibrated correctly, with paperwork, is another method to win.
Next time you see those lights behind you, be prepared and ready. In my opinion you should never volunteer any info to the officer which might incriminate you and you should never admit guilt and pay the fine. There are many ways to beat a speeding ticket and your defense should be prepared as soon as you receive the citation. You have a good chance of winning if you stand up for your rights.