If you receive a traffic ticket, you have a big decision to make. You can either pay the ticket and deal with the consequences, or you can fight back in the hope of avoiding any type of punishment.
Many factors will impact your decision, such as your driving record, why you were pulled over and the potential consequences.
If you’re ready to fight back, there are a few strategies to consider. These are among the most effective:
- Dispute the officer’s opinion: Just because someone is a police officer doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right 100 percent of the time. With some types of tickets, such as making an unsafe turn, the officer comes to a subjective conclusion in regard to your behavior. By challenging their judgment, you may be able to lessen the impact of the ticket.
- Dispute the officer’s evidence: There are times when you’re unable to question the officer’s opinion. In this case, you want to turn your attention to the evidence surrounding your case. For example, you could use eyewitness accounts to confirm that you did not break the law. Or maybe you can use diagrams to clearly show that there was no way you could have committed the violation you’re accused of.
- Argue that you had no choice but to commit a traffic violation: Rather than deny your involvement, you can admit that you violated the law but that you had good reason for doing so. For example, if you received a ticket for driving too fast, you could argue that you sped up as a means of avoiding a trucker who was not paying attention to the road.
Even if it appears that everything is working against you, there are steps you can take to fight your traffic ticket. It all starts with understanding the violation and reviewing the many types of defense strategies that are available to you.
There are times when fighting a traffic ticket leads to it being thrown out entirely. This means you don’t need to pay the fine and there is no impact on your record.
In other cases, fighting back may help reduce the impact of the violation. For instance, you still have to pay the fine but it won’t result in any points on your license.
As long as you understand your legal rights, you’re in better position to defend yourself in the court room.