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Would the court bring up my past traffic tickets if I sue someone?

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If I sue someone for my car damages from a hit and run, would the court bring up my speeding tickets I've had in the past? Because my parents don't know about my speeding tickets..

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No. Your speeding tickets would not be relevant to your claim for your car damages from a hit and run.

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Your prior tickets would have no relevancy to the present cause of action.

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They are NOT relevant in this proceeding. A motion in limine - a legal document preventing your opponent from pursuing a line of questioning - should be filed if the matter is to be tried to a jury.

If your car was insured, it would be so much simpler for you to put a claim through your own insurance company and let them go after the at fault driver. That would obviate the need for any of this discussion.

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If you do sue, the information may be exposed during the discovery process if the opposing attorney asks questions about it even though it would not be allowed in an actual trial.


I can’t imagine your past traffic tickets would be relevent evidence and the Court should not accept that information into evidence.

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