You were just caught speeding and now you’ve got a ticket. What do you do?! You’re going to fight it and beat that speeding ticket. Here’s how:
Disclaimer: This is only for educational purposes, and no results are guaranteed. As of this writing, I am not a licensed attorney.
Pull it over
You’ve got to have the proper mindset from the get-go. We’ll first back up and look at how you should behave if you get pulled over for a speeding violation.
Be polite. This is the cardinal rule throughout the entire speeding ticket fight. Be polite, courteous, and professional. If you act like a dirt bag, the police and the courts will treat you like one. Get respect by giving it.
Submit. Once you’ve pulled off the main roadway, show the officer that you’re not hostile. Turn your car off, turn the interior light on, and turn the hazard lights on (if needed). Place your hands on the steering wheel, so the policeman can see them.
Shut up. Anything you say can and will be used against you. That means don’t admit that you’re guilty. You could say something like, “I didn’t realize I was going that fast.” It doesn’t directly admit guilt, but it’s also not arguing with the officer.
Blend in. When it comes trial time, you’re counting on the officer’s lack of memory. The less memorable you are, the better your chances are of getting off scott free. Be nice, but not too nice. Blend in as just another traffic stop.
Get out of the speeding ticket
Go to traffic school. Many states allow you to take a one-day course in driving safety, pay the speeding ticket, and have it cleansed from your record. This keeps your insurance premiums lower and will ultimately decrease the cost of a speeding ticket. But requirements do vary by state.
Other methods… Check into other avenues of forgiveness with your state. Some states will simply dismiss a ticket if you haven’t had any other vehicle-related citations in a certain number of years. Other states will put you on a form of probation and dismiss the ticket, as long as you don’t receive another ticket within a certain number of months.
Research and prepare
Read a book. Actually paying a ticket can cost quite a bit in higher insurance premiums. It’s worth your while to purchase a book and figure out how to fight the citation. “Beat Your Ticket” is highly recommended (pictured at right).
Look up the law. If you don’t know what you’re being charged with, look it up. Be sure you know the particular violation, so you understand what you’re fighting. Information is power!
Survey the court. Get the low-down on traffic court before your day. Just go sit in the courtroom for a few minutes a few days before your speeding ticket is scheduled. This will help you be more relaxed when the time comes.
Go to traffic ticket court
Follow the rules. Courts are full of crazy rules and regulations. Be nice to the clerks and they’ll help you understand what to do.
Dress nicely. If you show up to court in rags, you’ll be treated like a bum. Wear a suit, and you’ll get some respect.
Be prepared. By having an arsenal of information and documents, you improve your chances of winning. One guy used Google Maps in court to prove to the judge that the officer was wrong.
Find more resources
This guide isn’t meant to be totally comprehensive. Frankly, no page could be, since jurisdictions vary so much. But here are some other resources to check out:
It pays to avoid a speeding ticket – or fight one (MSN Money)
How to beat a speeding ticket (or at least better your chances) (Lifehacker)
Beat your ticket, get your day in court (Oregon Legal Research)
Ten Minute Ticket Fighter (National Motorists Association)
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