Though I’m sure you’d come to this conclusion on your own by seeing all the hot-rod cars on the In & Out Title Loans website, I’ve had a speeding ticket or twenty in my day. Amazingly, I have no tickets on my record though. It’s really because I view law enforcement officers as people with hearts and free will just like me. If you treat them with respect and appeal to them in the right way, you’d be surprised at the good things that can happen.
Just as a statement to keep my lawyers happy, you need to know that I am not an attorney. The following points on how to avoid speeding ticket are only opinions based on personal experience. You can never count my half-baked thoughts as legal advice, and you should seek a qualified, licensed attorney if you’re looking for bonafide legal advice. After all, I’m just a humble purveyor of title loan and title pawn services.
Please note that the non-legal opinions below cover the entire process from getting pulled over to going for court. Of course, it assumes that this is a simple traffic violation and not something more serious like a DUI.
Boom! You look in the mirror and see the lights. You curse as you realize you’re getting pulled over. Here are the points I’d like to share:
1. Quickly but safely find a place to pull over. Understand that this is a dangerous point in the process for the officer. No matter how upset you are about being pulled over, put yourself in a corporative mindset, roll down your windows, turn your car off, take off sunglasses, and put your hands on the steering wheel. Wait for the officer to approach you before doing anything else. Do not get out of the vehicle unless instructed to. Do your best to put the officer at ease that you will not be a threat, and they’ll be more likely to be compassionate.
2. The officer will approach your window. Be polite and do everything they say. Before anything subjective is discussed, they’ll want to go through the standard procedure. They’ll ask you to provide your license and proof of insurance. Comply with everything they say, and only get the documents when they ask you.
3. Once the officer has worked with you to complete the basics, they will usually talk to you about the violation before/if they issue a citation (ticket). Once that dialog is open, if you are guilty of it, don’t try to blow smoke! Officers are lied to on a daily basis, and brutal honesty at this point will help you. Admit to it and be sincere about regretting it. Sometimes, especially if the infraction is not major, they’ll let you go with a warning. Be humble and regretful. This is your best chance for things not to escalate further. If you didn’t do it, you can make a modest effort to explain why you didn’t do what you’re being accused of. If the officer doesn’t relent, don’t push it. That’s what court is for.
4. Whether you have a ticket or not, once you and the officer are finished, respectably leave the scene. You want the officer to walk away thinking that you were a nice person.
5. If you drove ways with a fresh ticket, you do have the right to contact the officer, judge, or prosecutors handling your case. Contacting the officer first may be your best bet. Try to explain the circumstances, and see if they’ll be willing to show you mercy. They do usually have the authority of rescinding your ticket. If that doesn’t work, you can send letters to the officer, judge, or attorney working your case. Don’t be overbearing, but drawing some attention to your case, respectfully and compellingly, can yield good results.
6. If making contact doesn’t give desirable results, you will now be headed to court. You’ll want to make sure you follow all of the local guidelines. One great connection you can make is the court clerk. Try to forge the first-name-basis relationship with them.
7. Work with the clerk to delay your trail (continuances) as much as possible. The more time that goes on, the better chance that your case can be thrown out for one reason or another.
8. Once you get close to the trail, you can ask the clerk for an alternative punishment. This can be driving school, community service, etc. Keeping points off your license and not paying a fine is your goal. If you can go to traffic school for a few hours to avoid all that, why not do it? Most citations will offer you this option on the back of the ticket.
9. If you do need to go to court, show up on time and dressed in business attire. Yes, you will stick out in traffic court, but it will make a good impression. You will be asked by the judge to enter a plea. I’m not going to tell you what to plea here, but most objective sites tend to say pleading anything but guilty is the best move. Most people statistically plea not-guilty. If you don’t plea guilty, you will be assigned another court date to make your case to the judge.
10. If you’re still in the process, you will need to show up to court on time and in business attire. This will be your chance to make your case to the judge. There are a multitude of reasons your case could be “thrown out” at this point. The police offer might not show up, the courts may dismiss it because of backlog, etc. If the officer is there and you must make your case, be as objective as possible as to why you feel you aren’t justified in getting the citation. Do your best to make your case respectably. After you do that, it’s up to the judge to determine your fate from there!
We hope this little list of pointers will help you if the long-arm of the law slaps you with a speeding ticket. Though this is a handy list for reference, again, it is no substitution for legal advice. A good attorney will know a million tricks to get you out of a ticket.
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