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How to Defend Against a Traffic Ticket

By Edited Aug 25, 2016 0 1

Traffic tickets are an unfortunate reality of many people's lives. Whether you got caught going too fast or, in a rare circumstance going too slow, you're going to see flashing lights in your rear view and then you're going to have to turn over your license and registration. Fortunately it is your right to defend against a traffic ticket that you believe is unjust. There's no guarantee that your defense will work, but you are entitled to your day in court.

Things You Will Need

Legal Representation (optional)

Traffic Ticket

Step 1

When you're getting your ticket be polite and respectful. Don't give the police any reason to remember you or your vehicle if you can avoid it because that will end up hurting your case once you go to court, if you choose to do so once you have your ticket.

Step 2

Come to court on the date that your ticket says to show up. If you pay your traffic ticket you are essentially admitting guilt and paying the fine for the action in addition to all court processing fees. The alternative is to show up in court to defend yourself.

Step 3

Present any evidence that you have as to why you are not guilty of this traffic violation. If the officer who gave you the ticket doesn't show up in court, or can't identify you, then the charges may be dropped by the court (it's best to check your local laws and regulations however). It's a very good idea that if you're going to actually go through with defending a traffic ticket that you hire legal representation to help you make the strongest case possible. A traffic law specialist will be able to navigate you through all of the areas of the law, help you defend yourself using proper, legal jargon and perhaps most importantly will be able to evaluate the strength of your case. Sometimes in order to not pay your traffic ticket all you need to do is set foot in the courtroom and find that your accuser isn't present to get the charge dismissed from your record and from your bank account. However, it's best to hope for the best and prepare for the worst when it comes to having your day in court.

Tips & Warnings

If you decide to defend against the ticket, but you lose your case then you'll have to pay not only the fines that are on your ticket, but you'll also have to pay all of the court costs associated with your case. This can end up adding additional fees onto the amount that you owe the court because you fought the law, and the law won.


Sep 29, 2010 11:14pm
Trying to keep your cool with the police officer is a good tip, especially if you plan on fighting the ticket. Great article!
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