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Should I plead not guilty or no contest to a speeding ticket I believe to be inaccurate?

Milwaukee, WI |

I was pulled over, the officer did not ask if I knew why I was pulled over, only asked immediately for license, registration, insurance. Told me I was going 85 in a 65. He was monitoring traffic from an overpass above a freeway. Once I saw him up there, I looked at my spedometer and it read 80.
Obviously, going 20 over leads to a higher fine than going 15 over. And 20 is the minimum in the 20-24 fine bracket. I plan to go to my court date. The officer did not state how he measured my speed.
When he came back to my car, he mentioned that it had taken him a while to print the citation because his computer or printer wasn't working properly.
To get my citation reduced, both in terms of the fine and the points on my license, should I plead not guilty or no contest?

Attorney Answers 3


  1. If you are going to contest the charge then you must plead Not Guilty and the government must prove you violated the law. If you are going to admit that you violated the law then you plead Guilty or No Contest and you will be sentenced.

    A plea of Not Guilty or No Contest doesn't relate to getting reduced fines and/or points on your license necessarily. However, entering a plea rather than going to trial may be a reason for the judge to impose a more lenient sentence. You might ask the judge, prior to entering your plea, whether he would reduce sentence if you admitted guilt.

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  2. You should plead not guilty. You can usually work with the prosecutor and at least get the ticket reduced by one point for a lower speed violation. The fine will usually remain the same.

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  3. Called the city attorney and discuss your court date if they do not respond, show up at the first court date and try to talk them about the reduction in points, fine or both. If they will not talk to you, entered a not guilty and set the matter for trial.

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