Defending High Speed Speeding tickets in Louisville, Kentucky. Know your rights.
What to expect when you you receive a ticket for Speeding 26 mph or over in Louisville, KY. Most of this advice also applies to CDL holders who receive moving violations in Louisville, KY.
I got pulled over, now what?Remain calm and keep your hands visible on the steering wheel. Do not make any sudden movements or reach for anything in your vehicle. When the police officer arrives at your window, gently roll down your window.
Be polite and courteous. If he asks for your license and registration, tell the officer where you will be reaching.
If the officer asks you if you know how fast you were going, say "I don't know." Police are the ones with the calibrated radars, lasers, and speedometers.
Do not explain to the officer that you were late to work or that your foot has a tendency to turn to lead or make other excuses. Outside of a true emergency, these explanations will only hurt your defense.
I got a high speed ticket, now what?After you safely arrive at your intended destination, recount the circumstances of when you were pulled over. Light or dark? Heavy traffic or no traffic? Other vehicles to your front, rear or sides? All this information is important for your case and helps your lawyer evaluate and prepare your defense.
Write down your court date. All of these high speed tickets require you to appear in court. If you hire an attorney, your lawyer can appear in court for you.
Contact a local criminal defense attorney who regularly handles traffic tickets. We are in the best position to understand the local rules, policies, prosecutors and judges.
Consequences for Speeding 26 mph or overDefective equipment or other lesser charges are no longer available for the vast majority of high speed tickets in Louisville, KY. Because of this, many more people are at risk of a suspended driver's license and increased car insurance rates than ever before.
In some cases, traffic school or the county attorney's driver education program may still be an option. And these are good options, under the right circumstances. They can allow dismissal of the charges, keep points from being put on your license, and keep your insurance from going up
With high speed tickets, however, the prosecutor will refuse to offer these programs or lesser charges. Pleading guilty as charged to a high speed ticket will result in an automatic driver's license suspension hearing, court costs and fines, and your insurance rates increasing.
Contact an attorney to help.
What can an attorney do for me?First, your attorney can go to court on your behalf. This means that you do not have to miss work or miss your child's soccer practice, and frees you from the stress of the courthouse.
A good attorney will then request all dash and body camera videos of the stop and for the officers equipment calibration records. This information is key to developing your defense.
Common defenses developed from this information include improperly calibrated or poorly maintained police equipment and other vehicles on roadway causing the high speed reading alleged by the police officer.
With the right video or documentation. your attorney may then, and only then, be able to persuade the prosecutor to amend or dismiss your ticket.
The prosecutor continues to refuse to amend or dismiss my ticketIn this situation, the only option left is to take the ticket to trial, or plead as charged.
Pleading guilty as charged is the same as being found guilty as charged at trial. Points can go against your license, your insurance rates will go up, you will have to pay court costs and fines, and you will be subject to a driver's license suspension hearing.
At this point, oftentimes, it is best to go to trial.
Trial is my best optionA trial is the ultimate constitutional right as it holds the government to their burden of proving their case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.
Your attorney will discuss with you whether it's best to have a bench trial or a jury trial. This is why having a local criminal defense and traffic ticket attorney is important, because they will best know each judge's tendencies and temperament.
Your attorney will employ the strategies being developed since your initial conversation through gathering and analyzing the videos and documentation to present your case to the judge or jury persuasively and articulately.
Even if you may not have the best defense, you could still win at trial if the judge or jury is not persuaded by the police officer's testimony or the prosecution's presentation of the case. And, although fairly uncommon, you may win on a technicality if the police officer does not appear in court for your trial date.
I received a letter for a driver's license suspension hearing, now what?If you plead guilty as charged to a high speed ticket or, despite your attorney's best efforts are foudn guilty at trial, you will receive a letter mailed to the address on your license informing you of a suspension hearing administered by the Kentucky Department of transportation.
Your attorney can represent you through this process, too. In fact, many times, attorneys are able to persuade the hearing officer to probate the suspension instead of suspending your license.
A good attorney will prepare you for what to expect and the information that needs to be communicated at the hearing so that you do not lose your driving privileges.
Many people depend on their vehicles to take them to jobs and support themselves and their families. A suspended driver's license can put a family's financial security in jeopardy.
With the right strategy at the suspension hearing, your attorney can help you keep your license and continue to support your self and your family.