A speeding ticket is a citation issued to individuals who have violated speed limit laws. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States get speeding tickets and suffer a number of financial losses as a result. The consequences of a speeding ticket can include hefty fines, increased insurance rates, and/or license suspensions. It is important to know that you have legal options rather than admitting fault and suffering the penalties.
If you’ve been issued a speeding ticket citation, you have the legal right to go to court and fight the ticket. It is wise to seek the assistance of a qualified speeding ticket attorney who will evaluate your case and determine the best course of action.
Protect your legal rights
There are a number of steps you can take when issued a speeding ticket to ensure your legal rights are fully protected:
- Be polite to the police officer. Acting hostile or refusing to cooperate can result in more severe consequences.
- Note your surroundings including the posted speed limit, possible obstructions in the line of view between your car and the police car, and any other pertinent information that may be useful in court. Take photographs if possible.
- Speak to any witnesses including those that were in your vehicle.
Speeding ticket defenses
After you have received a speeding ticket, you can choose to go to court and fight the citation. If the police officer who issued the speeding ticket does not appear in court on the set date, a judge will dismiss the citation. However, in many cases, an officer will show up and you will need to plead your case before a judge. A qualified speeding ticket attorney has the skills and experience necessary to defend you in court. There is a wide range of defenses a competent speeding ticket attorney will use including:
- General Defenses
- You weren’t speeding
- Weather, road, and traffic conditions affected speed limit
- You were confronted with an emergency situation
- Your vehicle had mechanical problems
- Radar Defenses
- The radar system picked up the speed of another vehicle
- The Radar system wasn’t properly maintained
- Officer wasn’t trained to adequately use the radar system
- Laser Gun Defense
- The laser gun measured another vehicle
Many of these speeding ticket defenses may be complex, technical, and hard to prove. It is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can aggressively represent you in court.
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If you have gotten a speeding ticket, you don’t have to suffer the consequences. A qualified attorney can protect your legal rights and maximize your interests. Please contact us today to speak with an experienced attorney near you.
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