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Can you fight a speeding ticket without going to court?

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2022 | Speeding Tickets |

You recently were given a speeding ticket, and you believe that it isn’t valid. Perhaps you claim that they pulled over the wrong car or that the officer clocked you at the wrong speed. There are many reasons why you could feel that you weren’t actually breaking the speed limit when you were given that ticket.

As such, in order to keep points off of your license and to save yourself the cost of a very expensive ticket, you would like to fight the charges. Do you need to go to court to do this, or is there any way that you can fight these charges without going to court?

You typically have to make a court appearance

Generally speaking, you do need to go to court. If you want to avoid a court appearance, you can do so by simply paying the ticket. But if you want to contest the ticket, then you’re asking for the right to go through with a court case, where they’ll need to show that you were speeding and you’ll get a chance to show that you were not.

One important thing to remember is that you can get the charges dropped if the officer doesn’t show up to the court case. It’s not that you want to plan on this happening, but there are cases where someone decides to fight a speeding ticket and wins their case because the officer was busy and couldn’t come into court that day.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t necessarily have to ask for the entire ticket to be eliminated. You could also ask for it to be reduced.

If you do want to fight the ticket, it’s wise to consider what evidence you can produce that shows that you weren’t speeding or weren’t driving as fast as was recorded on that ticket. For instance, if you have a dash camera in your car, it likely records your speed as you drive. If you have a GPS app on your phone, it may record the time you traveled and the distance you covered during that time. You could also have video or photo proof of other issues, such as a speed limit sign that can’t actually be seen from the road.

Fighting the ticket

If you are interested in fighting your speeding ticket, take the time to carefully consider all of your legal defense options.