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How To Get a Speeding Ticket Dismissed

Posted by Sean Quinlan | Dec 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

f you have been issued a speeding ticket, you may be wondering if there is any way to get it dismissed. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to try to get your ticket dismissed or reduced.

1. Review your ticket carefully.

The first thing you should do is review your ticket carefully. Make sure that all of the information is correct, including the date, time, location, and speed you were cited for. If there are any errors on your ticket, you may be able to get it dismissed.

2. Consider pleading not guilty.

If you believe that you were not speeding or that you had a valid reason for speeding, you may want to consider pleading not guilty to your ticket. If you choose to plead not guilty, you will be scheduled for a court date. At your court date, you will have the opportunity to present your case to the judge.

3. Hire a traffic ticket attorney.

If you are not comfortable pleading not guilty on your own, you may want to consider hiring a traffic ticket attorney. An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help you build a strong defense and increase your chances of getting your ticket dismissed or reduced.

Here are some specific things you can do to try to get your speeding ticket dismissed:

  • Challenge the officer's radar gun. If the officer who pulled you over used a radar gun to measure your speed, you may be able to challenge the accuracy of the gun. Radar guns can be inaccurate if they are not properly calibrated or if they are used in certain weather conditions.
  • Argue that you had a valid reason for speeding. If you were speeding because of an emergency, such as a medical emergency or a police chase, you may be able to get your ticket dismissed. You will need to provide evidence to support your claim, such as a police report or a doctor's note.
  • Point out any errors on your ticket. If there are any errors on your ticket, such as an incorrect date or time, you may be able to get it dismissed.
  • Take a defensive driving course. In some jurisdictions, you may be able to get your speeding ticket dismissed by taking a defensive driving course. Defensive driving courses teach you how to drive safely and avoid traffic tickets.

Here are some additional tips for increasing your chances of getting your speeding ticket dismissed:

  • Be polite and respectful to the judge. Remember that the judge is more likely to be lenient with you if you are polite and respectful.
  • Dress professionally. Dress professionally for your court date. This will show the judge that you are taking your case seriously.
  • Be prepared to present your case. If you are pleading not guilty, be prepared to present your case to the judge. This may involve providing evidence to support your claims, such as a police report or a doctor's note.

Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will be able to get your speeding ticket dismissed. However, by following the tips above, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome.

Additional Information for Getting a Traffic Ticket Dismissed

In addition to the tips above, here are some other things you can do to try to get your traffic ticket dismissed:

  • Negotiate with the prosecutor. If you plead not guilty to your ticket, you may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to get the ticket reduced. For example, the prosecutor may agree to reduce the charge to a non-moving violation, which will not result in points on your driver's license.
  • Request a trial by declaration. In some jurisdictions, you may be able to request a trial by declaration. This means that you will submit a written statement to the court explaining why you believe your ticket should be dismissed. The judge will then review your statement and decide whether or not to dismiss your ticket.
  • Appeal your conviction. If you lose your case in court, you may be able to appeal your conviction. However, appeals can be expensive and time-consuming, so you should carefully consider your options before appealing.

Conclusion

Getting a speeding ticket can be a frustrating experience, but it is important to remember that you have options. If you believe that your ticket was unfair or that you had a valid reason for speeding, you may be able to get it dismissed or reduced. By following the tips above, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome.

About the Author

Sean Quinlan

Attorney Quinlan has practiced law in Pennsylvania since 2001. He earned his J.D. at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA, and earned his B.A. at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He also belongs to the Pennsylvania State Bar Associati...

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