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.
I went to court to fight my traffic ticket, thinking that I'd get a decision that day. Instead, the judge said he wanted to look at the scene of the incident. He didn't rule either way. What happens now?
I received a notice from a collection agency informing me of a debt to the tune of $95. This was the result of a parking ticket that I never got. I'm guessing that sometime in the past few months one of my friends got the ticket when borrowing my truck and never told me. The original ticket was for $15 and the rest is some sort of penalty, I guess. Do I have to pay this ticket? What happens if I don't?
I was recently stopped, ostensibly for speeding on a state route. The officer, in the course of giving me a citation, questioned me about why I was in the area, where I was going, what business I had, and who I knew. I believe his real motivation was a racial profile stop. Do I have recourse after being cited an additional ticket because of my refusal to answer his questions?
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.
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.
This section takes you step by step through a traffic court trial, with information on your options at the various stages of the proceedings. For simplicity's sake, throughout this section the term "prosecutor" and "the prosecution" will be used to refer to whomever is doing the prosecuting against you,
After the jury is selected, the jurors will be "sworn in" by the judge or clerk. Then, the trial proceeds in much the same way as a trial before a judge. (See What Happens in Traffic Ticket Trial by Judge?). Opening Statements Though opening statements are often skipped during a ticket-related trial
All 50 states use three basic types of speed limits, called "absolute," "presumed," and "basic." Because each type of speed limit violation often requires a unique defense, it is key to understand which you are charged with violating.