The short answer: don’t. The long answer: there’s no need to. The longer answer: Just let an attorney get you an amendment.
So many clients call our office about speeding tickets that*s it*s hard to keep track of them all. So many of them are full of righteous indignation and are eager to fight their ticket. They have a dozen explanations for why they*re not guilty and none of them matter. They*re angry that the officer was rude to them and indignant when I say that*s irrelevant. They say they want to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court and they absolutely don*t want to pay any money.
Fighting the Ticket?
Yes, you can fight a speeding ticket in the Kansas City Area. But it takes time. And money. And there*s no guarantee of success. You see, the only way to win a speeding ticket is to prove you absolutely weren*t speeding. Yes, technically the burden is on the prosecutor to prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt, but, for a speeding ticket, that*s a ridiculously easy burden to meet. The officer comes in, he tells the court all about his radar gun and how scientific it is, then he tells the court he pointed the radar gun at your car, the judge fines you, and you get a few points on your record.
The Cost and the Result
Yes, there are ways to fight the speeding ticket. I could charge you several hundred dollars to prepare my case. I could subpoena the officer to testify at a deposition, ask some confusing questions and hope he messes up. I could pour through the maintenance logs for the radar gun, hoping some clerk forgot to dot every I. I could take a series of photos of the crime scene and point out how traffic could have thrown off the device*s measurements. I could present all this to the judge and at the end of the trial the judge would thank me for wasting the court*s time, fine you, and put a few points on your record.
You see, all that work is only going to account for a few miles per hour and at the end of the day, we all know what speeding looks like. If the officer clocked you going 15 miles per hour over the limit, I can throw all the evidence in the world at that machine and it won*t matter: because even if I convince the judge that the machine was off by 5 miles per hour, you*re still speeding. Even if the judge doubts the machine entirely, the officer can still say that, based on his training and experience, you were speeding.
A Better Way
So how do you fight the ticket? You don*t. You let an attorney get you an amendment. For less than the cost of going to trial, an attorney can get your speeding ticket amended to a non-moving violation, usually Defective Equipment, and you can go on your way. No points on your record, no insurance hikes, and you probably won*t even have to go to court. Now, this process isn*t guaranteed: there are limitations. Some courts won*t let you have more than one amendment in a calendar year, for example. Some will require you to take a driver*s class or do community service, especially if the speed is high. But your attorney will be able to tell you how likely all that is. And YOU get to make the final decision.
Just Ask for an Amendment
So, if you want to go to trial on a speeding ticket, fine. I don*t mind making more money and trials are fun. But more often than not, that money is better spent seeking an amendment. It is almost always cheaper, and easier, to get an amendment than to fight a ticket.
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