Best tips for beating a ticket (or at least bettering your chances)
Most of us have had the gut-wrenching experience of being pulled over for speeding. Although it isn’t the most ideal predicament to be in, it doesn’t have to be the worst. There are a few things that you can do to better the circumstance and possibly get the ticket thrown out. Following these tips will not guarantee that the ticket won’t go on your record. Instead, they can just help your odds. Be prepared to show some humility and cake on the charm.
Before The Ticket
When you get pulled over you silently hope and pray to yourself that you get let off with just a warning. Well, some of your actions could help improve that chance. It is definitely important to make sure that you have a cooperative attitude. Be as polite as you can muster. Turn off the car and turn on the interior lighting. From there you can take it one of two ways.
You can appeal to the officer’s pride. If you know that you have broken the law, admit it. From there, let them know how completely right they are for pulling you over. If that way doesn’t work for you, instead try asking questions. Inquire about the radar detector and ask when was the last time that it was calibrated. Also, ask where the officer was when you were clocked. Be sure not to sound like a know-it-all. Maintain your polite demeanor.
CarInsurance101.com states “The main reason tickets get dismissed is that the officer and/or prosecutor fails to establish that the driver committed the violation in question” so it’s important to establish with the officer that a violation did occur and to what extent.
Ticket In Hand
Before your scheduled court date, try to plead your case with the officer. Reach out to see if they will accept a meeting with you. If so, continue being super polite and connect with them on a personal level. You can also write a nice letter to the officer. If the officer will not take the ticket back, it is time to take your talents to the court.
Build a rapport with the court clerks. Get on a first name basis with them. Next, you will want to keep pushing back your court date. Request as many continuances as possible. The point is to get the officer to forget some of the details of your encounter. If you push it back long enough, the officer might not even be with that police department any longer and then your case will automatically be dismissed.
Appear Before The Judge
Be on time and dressed appropriately. Business casual clothing is preferred, but your Sunday best won’t hurt. The first question you will be asked when you are called to speak to the judge is how do you plead? It is best that you do not plead guilty. From there you will be given a chance to present your side of the case and provide an explanation. Explain what was going on and try to appeal to the judge to evoke some empathy. Do not lie though or you will have bigger problems if you get caught. If you’re found not guilty, then congratulations! If you are found guilty, it is not the end of the world. Send more letters. This time instead of pleading your case thank the officer and judge for their time. There is still a chance that they will be impressed by your positive resolve and come up with an alternative solution for you.