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How To Get A Speeding Ticket Dismissed

Posted by Sean Quinlan | Feb 09, 2024 | 0 Comments

Getting a speeding ticket is a frustrating experience. Not only do you have to pay a fine, but you may also get points on your license, which can lead to higher insurance rates and even a suspended license. If you've gotten a speeding ticket, you may be wondering if there's anything you can do to get it dismissed.

The good news is that there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of getting a speeding ticket dismissed. Here are some tips:

  1. Be polite and respectful to the police officer. Even if you're upset about the ticket, it's important to be respectful to the officer. This will show the judge that you're responsible and that you're taking the ticket seriously.
  2. Gather as much evidence as possible. This could include things like witness statements, photographs, or even video footage. If you have any evidence that shows you weren't speeding, or that the officer made a mistake, it could help you get your ticket dismissed.
  3. Review the ticket carefully. Make sure that the ticket is filled out correctly and that all of the information is accurate. If there are any errors on the ticket, it could help you get it dismissed.
  4. Consider hiring a traffic ticket lawyer. A traffic ticket lawyer can help you build a strong case for getting your ticket dismissed. They can also help you negotiate with the prosecutor to get a reduced fine or points on your license.

How to Build a Strong Case for Getting Your Speeding Ticket Dismissed

If you're going to try to get your speeding ticket dismissed, it's important to build a strong case. Here are some tips:

  • Gather all of the evidence you can. This could include witness statements, photographs, or even video footage. If you have any evidence that shows you weren't speeding, or that the officer made a mistake, it could help you get your ticket dismissed.
  • Review the ticket carefully. Make sure that the ticket is filled out correctly and that all of the information is accurate. If there are any errors on the ticket, it could help you get it dismissed.
  • Research the law. Learn about the different ways that speeding tickets can be challenged. This will help you build a strong legal argument for getting your ticket dismissed.

Common Defenses for Speeding Tickets

There are a number of common defenses that can be used to challenge speeding tickets. Here are a few examples:

  • The officer's radar gun was not properly calibrated. If you can show that the officer's radar gun was not properly calibrated, it could help you get your ticket dismissed.
  • The officer did not have a clear line of sight to your vehicle. If the officer did not have a clear line of sight to your vehicle, it could be difficult for them to prove that you were speeding.
  • The officer made a mistake in writing the ticket. If there are any errors on the ticket, such as an incorrect date or time, it could help you get your ticket dismissed.
  • You had a medical emergency. If you had a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or a stroke, it could be a valid defense for speeding.

How to Negotiate with the Prosecutor or Police Officer

If you're not able to get your speeding ticket dismissed, you may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to get a reduced fine or points on your license. Here are some tips for negotiating with the prosecutor:

  • Be prepared. Before you go to court, be prepared to negotiate with the prosecutor. Think about what you're willing to accept in terms of a fine and points on your license.
  • Be polite and respectful. Even if you're frustrated with the situation, it's important to be polite and respectful to the prosecutor. This will show them that you're taking the ticket seriously and that you're willing to work with them to reach a resolution.
  • Be willing to compromise. It's unlikely that the prosecutor will give you everything you want. Be willing to compromise in order to reach a resolution that is acceptable to both of you.

Conclusion

Getting a speeding ticket is a frustrating experience, but it's important to remember that there are things you can do to increase your chances of getting it dismissed. If you're going to try to get your ticket dismissed, it's important to build a strong case and to be prepared to negotiate with the prosecutor.

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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