In many states, with many tickets, it's possible -- and sometimes even fairly easy -- to challenge the police officer's view of what happened. Learn when it makes sense to question an officers subjective or objective observations, or ask the judge to dismiss your ticket.
By now you should have analyzed the law you are charged with violating and have a clear understanding of all the elements you are supposed to have transgressed. Before you consume energy, time, and money fighting your case, you'll first want to think about whether it makes sense to move in this direction.
Determine What You Are Charged With
first thing you need to do is find the exact words of the law you are charged
with breaking. In some states, traffic laws are set out in a “Vehicle Code,”
while in others they are gathered as part of a “Transportation Code,” “Motor
Almost every state allows people ticketed for some types of moving violations to attend a six-to-eight hour course in traffic safety in exchange for having the ticket officially wiped from their record. Often attending traffic school is your best choice, even if you think you have a watertight defense.
Here are some strategies in traffic court that may —depending on the facts of your case—help you avoid liability for a traffic ticket.
Prove a Necessary Element of Your Ticket Is Missing
Your first step should be to study the exact language of the law (code section or statute) you were charged with