How do i go about this in court as a minor? how do i argue this?
im a 16 year old girl. i was pulled over in front of my high school for doing 37 in a 20 when i clearly wasnt speeding. Yet he wrote me a speeding ticket.
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Nothing here indicates you have an argument to make or what evidence the officer has.
Simply stating you were "clearly wasn't speeding" is not a defense--that is just wasting the courts time.
Best if your parents hire you a traffic law attorney.
You should contact a traffic and/or criminal defense attorney. They will be able to help you determine your potential exposure (legally and with insurance) for the alleged offense. I also strongly recommend communicating with your parents so they can assist you with retaining an attorney and navigating the legal process.
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You can go to court and plead not guilty and the judge will set your case for trial. Then you will either have to represent yourself at trial (not recommended) or hire an experienced attorney to represent you at trial.
At trial, the Prosecutor will bring in the police officer who issued the ticket and they will testify that they saw you speeding. Their testimony has much more credibility in court than yours. Your attorney could bring in an expert witness to challenge the police officer's training and the calibration of the equipment used (radar, laser, lidar, pacing) to track your speed. Going to trial is expensive and you have a high risk of losing and ending up with points on your driving record for this ticket, plus the cost of your car insurance will increase.
Or you can talk to your parents about hiring a traffic law attorney to negotiate a plea bargain to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction such as Illegal Parking, so you won't end up with points on your driving record or an increase in your car insurance rates.
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You probably will want to talk to your parents about hiring a traffic attorney to help you on the ticket. There are some potentially long-term consequences attached to this ticket that will follow you into adulthood & college, so you don't want to try to handle this on your own or without some legal assistance.
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