FIVE SNEAKY WAYS TO FIGHT A TRAFFIC TICKET
Some people will say that you should always try to get out of a traffic ticket, no matter what the offense is; others will say that there’s an art for fighting a traffic ticket and that one must always carefully decide if fighting a ticket in court is worth it. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, if you’ve got a traffic ticket and you’ve decided that you want to fight it, there’s one thing you need to know: You absolutely need to be prepared.
So, to help you out a bit, here are five different strategies to keep in mind.
FIVE SNEAKY WAYS TO FIGHT A TRAFFIC TICKETMany misdemeanor traffic violations are based primarily on the police officer's subjective point of view -- that is, his/her opinion that you weren't driving safely, rather than factual evidence proving such. A reckless driving ticket, for example, can often be given out if the officer thinks that you weren't showing "reasonable care under the surrounding circumstances."
FIVE SNEAKY WAYS TO FIGHT A TRAFFIC TICKETOne of the great things about the American legal system is that it doesn't look too kindly on people who make accusations without providing any evidence. You know when it's really hard for a police officer to provide evidence? When he or she doesn't show up at the scene of the crime. Believe it or not, this happens quite often, especially in areas where police stations are scarce and the police force is stretched thin.
FIVE SNEAKY WAYS TO FIGHT A TRAFFIC TICKETWhen you're trying to get out of a traffic ticket for speeding or for red light violations, you can argue that the officer wasn't in a good area to accurately assess your driving. Even if the officer has it on record that you were driving slightly over the speed limit, maybe he/she was sitting at the very bottom of a steep hill, and you can argue that you would have slowed down, had you been given time to do so.
FIVE SNEAKY WAYS TO FIGHT A TRAFFIC TICKETAnother strategy is to just admit that you broke the law, but that you made an honest mistake. Maybe environmental conditions (like tons of snow or fallen tree branches) kept you from clearly seeing a speed limit, and because you know that your state has three different types of speed limits that usually depend on road conditions and surrounding traffic patterns, you chose to follow the speed limit that seemed most reasonable.
FIVE SNEAKY WAYS TO FIGHT A TRAFFIC TICKETAnd finally, you can admit, again, that you broke the law, but that you did so because you were trying to stay safe. Maybe a bee flew into your window and stung you, causing you to swerve "recklessly." Maybe you were driving behind a tractor in the countryside and it looked like some hay bales were about to fall off (and onto your car), so you sped up to pass it. The possibilities are endless with this one.
These aren't "one size fits all" kinds of approaches -- some will be more effective than others, depending on what type of ticket you're dealing with, and there's usually no 100% guarantee that you'll be able to get out of a traffic ticket. But it's worth a shot, right?