The Best Strategy For Fighting a Speeding Ticket

It happens to everyone from time to time. You are driving down the highway or the street by your house, and you aren't paying attention to what you are doing. For whatever reason you creep up over the speed limit, and you aren't brought back to Earth until you hear the sirens and see the lights behind you. At that point you realize you are about to get popped for speeding.

Of all the tickets you receive out of all the possibilities, including red light cameras, failing to yield, failing to stop, even failing to use your turn signal, speeding seems to rub most people the wrong way. I think it is the fact that so many people speed every day that to get caught feels a little bit like you were the unlucky one and feels a little unfair.

So, after you get your speeding ticket you usually have some time to figure out what you want to do. Do you want to just pay the ticket and get it over with? Do you want to go to a mitigation hearing and ask the judge to lower the fine? Or do you want contest the ticket, to show the officer and the court that you weren't speeding, and potentially save money on the ticket and on your insurance premiums over the next couple of years? Often the last option is the most appealing, particularly since your fine isn't increased if you fight the ticket. The worst that can happen is what you are already facing, so why not fight your speeding ticket?

After you've decided to fight, however, comes the next problem - how do you fight a speeding ticket? What do you do to beat a speeding ticket? If you are like me when I have a problem I don't know how to answer, I start Googling. I'll Google things like "how to beat a speeding ticket," "secrets to beating a speeding ticket," and maybe even "speeding ticket lawyer" to see if there is any information out there that might be able to help.

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If you Google these things, you will find that there are a lot of websites out there that claim to know how to beat a speeding ticket and that claim to have extremely high success rates, but the truth is, there are no true loopholes or technicalities out there. Like any other legal case, criminal or otherwise, the only way to win is to discredit the other side, show they can't meet their burden of proof, or show that some required procedure wasn't followed. And that is exactly what speeding ticket attorneys do.

Assuming the technicalities don't work out (and if the case is a radar case you are fighting an uphill battle), the next best thing to look for are inconsistencies or a lack of evidence in the officer's report. Often the officer writes down quickly what he saw and what happened, but often they will leave out a critical piece of information required to find you have committed a traffic infraction or speeding infraction. Looking at the officer's report and thinking about where there might be an inconsistency or missing piece of information is critical to beating your speeding ticket. If you find it, you win!


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