A few years ago, I was in a pretty serious car accident. During the aftermath, I became really familiar with a lot of different types of lawyers. I worked with personal injury lawyers, insurance lawyers, and many others. Perhaps the most important, though, was the estate planning lawyer. I was really young, and neither my wife or I had thought about starting a will. But the accident kind of scared us into it. What would happen if one of us were to die? Even when still in the hospital, I was working with the lawyer to draw up a will. Now, I have some peace and security about what the future will be like if something should happen to me. And I have a lot of experience working with various types of lawyers! The accident was kind of a blessing in disguise in that way.
Were you given a speeding ticket that you do not feel was justified? If so, you'll likely want to challenge the tickets and go to court. However, there are a few things that you should be aware of before you step into the courtroom.
Always Be Courteous
As much as you want to get mad about the ticket that you received, getting angry is one way to ensure that you pay the full price. Always put your best foot forward and be nice in all your interactions with everybody. Being angry is not going to get you anywhere closer to having fines reduced or having the ticket thrown out completely.
You don't need to necessarily show up to court wearing your Sunday best, but dressing nicely can go a long way to show that you are professional. Is it possible that dressing nicely won't make a difference in the final outcome, but it certainly won't hurt your case at all. Meanwhile, a judge may be less likely to take you seriously if you show up looking like you just rolled out of bed.
Consider Pleading Guilty
Know that sometimes the best option for dealing with a traffic ticket is to actually plead guilty in court. By pleading guilty and giving a justification as to why you were speeding, it is possible for the judge to reduce the fine that you have to pay for speeding. It won't always work, but if you know that you were going over the speed limit and will likely have to pay, a guilty plea could help reduce the fine.
Hope For A No Show
One trick to getting out of a speeding ticket is to actually have a little luck on your side. If the police officer that issued the ticket does not show up in court, it is likely that the ticket will be thrown out. By simply going to court, know that there is a chance of winning due to dumb luck of the officer not being able to make the court date.
Know You Can Hire A Lawyer
If this is not your first offense and the speeding ticket could have serious consequences, such as adding points to your license that increase your insurance premiums indefinitely, it may be best to hire a lawyer to fight the ticket for you. They will come prepared with various defenses, which include things like challenging the validity of the equipment used to catch you speeding. Reach out to a speeding ticket attorney to see if you have a case.Share
28 October 2020