Unfortunately, being wrongfully accused of speeding happens more often than we would like to think. Once you are given a ticket, the steps you need to take to fight it become somewhat involved and you most likely should go to someone for help. However, in many cases, you can avoid this chaos that comes along with getting a ticket by being cooperative and polite with the police officer who pulled you over. This doesn’t mean that you should admit to speeding if you in fact were not; it simply means that if you are polite and follow instructions during the stop that officer is likely to remember that on your court date. While this may work in some cases, it is certainty not a solution that will work for every ticket. So, how can you fight this wrongful speeding accusation in other cases?
Dispute the Police Officer’s Personal Opinion
If you have received a speeding ticket for going above the posted speed limit, you may be able to challenge the officer’s opinion by proving that your speed was safe given the conditions. For example, if the posted speed limit is 55mph and you increase your speed to 70mph make room for merging traffic, you may be able to argue that it was necessary to avoid a potential accident given these specific facts. In order to support your specific claim, make a list of all the possible witnesses that you believe would have information about the incident and who would be able to testify to your version of the events.
Get Professional Help When Fighting a Speeding Ticket
Most people who know they have been speeding are either going to pay the ticket, or hope that the police officer doesn’t show up to court. It is important to know that paying the fine is pleading guilty and you should be aware of how this guilty plea will affect your license and insurance premiums. However, if you are so invested in your case that you bring a lawyer into it, the court is going to be more likely to believe that you are innocent. If you are unsure what to do in your case, contact us at Rankin & Rankin in Conway, SC BEFORE your court date for a free consultation and we will help you explore your options. While hiring a lawyer may be too expensive in some cases, speeding ticket rates are quite reasonable which makes sense because no one would hire a traffic lawyer if their fees are more expensive than the ticket.
Always Be Prepared
In the event you decide to proceed without an attorney, make sure you show up to court early. If you don’t make court that day, you will most likely be tried in your absence. Before going into the court room you may also want to try and discuss your driving record with the officer and determine whether they are willing to enter into an agreement for a ticket reduction. If this does not work but you still do not want to plead guilty, you can always ask the judge for a continuance to give you time to consult an attorney.
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