How many times have you been driving and have seen or been pulled over? Don't lie, it happens to everyone at least a few times in their lives. Sometimes we give are right foot a little to much lead and almost always go unnoticed, but what about the times they don't? In this article I will highlight, give advice, and suggestions to get out and fight a speeding ticket in the rough route that they take. I have no documented legal experience, but I've managed my way out of many a speeding ticket using the justice system and common sense to the fullest. You may not be acknowledging the fine for what it actually is and yes it is a crime. But, the biggest upfront cost of the ticket does nothing but mock the thousands it costs festering with your insurance company. Think about it, your local community does get something out of the violation, but it is your insurance that really profits. So without further ado, let's get into the nitty-gritty, and outline what should be your course of action.
Research, research, research. Do not skimp this because this will be your foundation to getting out of the speeding ticket in the first place. Do look into your rights as a motorist, the officer rights, and by how much you can tolerate you local court systems as a whole. You never know if you can find some local loop-hole into dealing with this violation in some key step and nip it in the bud. But the best course of action is knowledge and prevention. Let's look into some key products that do work and have be tried-and-true tested. The big grand daddy is your radar detector, a scanner is cool but should only be used inside your home. Never have a scanner in your car, that is quite a serious crime and can get you into quite a bit of trouble. For bigger city look into review of sprays, films, or screen for your license plate as these will make a traffic camera not register the numbers and letters.
So the radar detector failed around a sharp corner, of you forgot to plug it in. These things happen and here are a few tips to help you get out of that speeding ticket while on the road. When you see the lights, DO NOT panic. Ease off your accelerator, slow down, and look for a good place to pull over. Many times have I seen people pull over the second the officer is behind them. This could be into a crowded parking structure, busy street, or somewhere in the way. The object is to make the officer as comfortable in this situation as possible. He deals with complete arrogant jerks all the time and dangerous people, being nice is a good way to get on his good side early. Turn off your ignition, place your hands on the wheel, and make no sudden movements or reach for anything at all. Let him do his thing but don't admit to what he has pulled your over for. Tell him that if he felt you were a danger or breaking the law that you respect him for doing the right thing and not being biased. Officer take pride in their work and you should acknowledge that, let him bask in the respect you give him. But let him do his thing first, then ask questions. Like where he seen you at, about his equipment, when it was calibrated last, etc. Just let him know that you're aware but remember to always be polite and do not do anything that will make him remember you. Just make the situation as painless and quick as possible.
So, what the point in step two you may ask? If you play thing right you may get off with a warning right then and there. But if not you are setting the ground work for this next step. When you get a chance call the office that handles speeding ticket fines. You will want to call once a week but don't be a pest or be rude. See if they have some diversionary programs that will eliminate the ticket after completion. You will usually only pay a fraction of the fine, but paying the fine is better than paying the years of increased insurance. Stall, stall, stall. Do what ever you can to get you court date pushed for as long as possible. What you do know will make sure that the officer will not be able to remember you, your car, or why your pulled over. Calling once a week see if anything opens up, call the officer, schedule a meeting with the officer or the judge. Be polite and see if you can't convince them that you have a clean record of that this ticket really means a lot to you. Cut a deal for alternative punishment that eliminates the ticket like community service or something else you can think of. Send a thank-you car or letter thanking them for being approachable and taking time to talk with you. Be friendly, make friends, and you will thank yourself latter.
Going to court is your decision, I will not advise you to do something that could backfire. It is your decision and if you lose you will pay the speeding ticket, court costs, and the increased insurance making your payout higher than average. But if you do go, do not plead not guilty and you will have your hearing pushed to a later date to resolve. The later the better because like I mentioned, the officer will be less likely to remember you. You building your case is your business and I cannot help you here because of the vast differences of every case. Good luck and I hope things go your way.
So you didn't go to court or you did, but you lost or want to save more money. This is the final step in dealing with speeding tickets. Visit or call your insurance company and arrange a meeting to talk about your coverage, or you could do it over the phone. Ask what programs they have or what ever to lower your premiums without lowering coverage, or lower coverage if your comfortable with that. This is to offset the speeding ticket that may or may not go through their office. Meaning that they may not update your driving record or get the notice that you have had a claim. If that happens you could stand to save enough money to cover the initial speeding ticket and then some. If not, you could offset the ticket enough that it won't cost you more money in the long run until the violation is deemed outdated. I hope that I have helped you and given you a rough guideline in your course of actions. If any more questions or knowledge is needed please comment and I will try to address you concern with another article