Fighting Traffic Tickets

If you are like a lot of people and have to commute to work each day, the last thing you want is to be pulled over by a traffic cop for speeding. However, unless you drive slower than everybody else it’s bound to happen sooner or later. Here are some tips to either get out of the jam completely, or go to court and have your case dropped without having to pay anybody such as a lawyer. Most people just assume that if you get stopped by an officer of the law, you are going to a) get a ticket no matter what and b) you have no choice but to pay it and watch your insurance premiums rise. This is totally untrue, since there are effective ways to beat a traffic ticket in the first place. To begin with, when you are stopped it helps to follow these guidelines:

1.Pull of the road, turn off your radio, and keep your hands on the wheel so he knows you aren’t up to anything squirrelly (like looking for a weapon, hiding booze, etc.) Remember, he doesn’t know you yet.

2.Be polite! Address the officer with a smile, say hello, and then listen to him while looking eye-to-eye. Why? Because it’s a known fact that people with something to hide don’t look you in the eye! Cops know this.¬†Visit our website to get free information about ¬†most common areas in Florida for traffic tickets

3.If you were only going a little bit (5-8 mph) over the limit, it’s possible he may forgive you if you admit your guilt. If you argue that his gun must be busted and you were not speeding, your chances of getting off with a warning diminish greatly.

These are just some common sense rules for when you first get stopped. If you have no valid reason for speeding, and he knows you are guilty and wants to give you a ticket, then you have no choice but to go to Plan B. This is where you note the conditions of the road, the weather outside, how bad the traffic is at the time you are stopped, and anything else you may need to prove your case in court. Yes, you can fight this in court! It sounds impossible but many people get off the hook from traffic tickets every day and here is why. Many times tickets are given out where there is a “designated work zone”, which means that a construction crew is in place working. Normally traffic fines are doubled in this zone! A huge money-maker for many small towns, some will hide a traffic cop nearby these zones to bust speeders. However, if no construction crew is working on that day, guess what? They can’t enforce this rule! Document this fact if you notice it, and if necessary call the construction company to get a certified letter stating that they weren’t working on the day you were ticketed, and the judge will have no choice but to drop your case.

Another little known fact in many cases is that certain court cases must be tried in a certain length of time, something known as a “right to a speedy trial”, perhaps you have heard of this law. In many cities the traffic courts are very busy and overbooked, so if your court date is over the designated limit (check local municipalities laws for specifics) you may again get off without a fine simply by informing the judge that you were denied a speedy trial since the time period has lapsed. Sounds too easy, but it’s another secret to fighting traffic tickets most local law enforcement folks don’t want you to know. Now I’m not a lawyer, so please check with your local laws before attempting this, but this could be your way out of paying another speeding ticket! There are many more tricks as well, and knowledge is your best weapon in this case.