Got a traffic ticket? Learn how to fight a speeding ticket or other violation in traffic court, as well as information about fines, suspended driver licenses, traffic school, and driving while talking or texting.
Most states define reckless driving, typically a misdemeanor crime, as willfully operating a vehicle in a manner that shows an indifference to the safety of persons or property. Learn about the penalties you'll face for a conviction.
I got my first speeding ticket last weekend, for doing 70 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The cop had radar but shot me from three lanes and 1,000 feet away during moderate traffic. I've been driving six years and had a clean record. I heard something about requesting calibration records on the radar gun and wonder if this would be worth the effort. I'm not interested in getting out of the fine. I just don't want any points.
The operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) generally requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Each type of CDL has endorsements and restrictions specific to the CMV operated. A CDL can also be revoked for certain criminal convictions and rule violations.
To operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the United States, a driver must possess a commercial driver’s license. CMV operators are subject to special driving rules as well as strict penalties for violations.
Commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders are subject to special rules and restrictions while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). However, these rules and restrictions usually don’t apply when a CDL holder is driving a non-commercial, personal vehicle.
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.
In most states, you don't have the right to a jury trial for minor traffic offenses like speeding, running a red light, and distracted driving. So, if you want to fight a traffic ticket, your guilt will likely be decided by a single judge rather than a jury.