How To Fight Your Traffic Ticket

Posted on: 18 February 2015


If you have just gotten a traffic ticket, and you don't believe it was fair to receive it, you always have the option of fighting it. When you get a ticket, you are given a court date where you receive the opportunity to defend yourself against the ticket. Here are some different ways to fight your traffic ticket.

Show You Were Trying to Avoid Harm

If you were driving faster than the speed limit, or were driving erratically, because someone in the vehicle was in need of medical attention, you may be able to fight the ticket. While you should always let a police officer know about these emergencies when you are pulled over, there are some cases where you were too stressed or anxious to let them know exactly why you were driving in that manner. This might have been a passenger who was in need of medical attention (or yourself), or you might have been driving to pick someone up who was in danger.

On this same note, you can use the defense of driving a certain way to avoid harm on the road. For example, if you swerved quickly to the right side of the road, it might have been to avoid someone who was inching their way into your lane, and you wanted to avoid a collision. You will need to have some kind of proof of this, however, such as an eye witness.

Prove You Were Legally Justified

To be legally justified means that your driving behavior was necessary based on the rules of the road. Speeding tickets aren't the only moving violations given out; you can also get one for driving too slowly. If you were driving slowly because you were being cautious about making a turn shortly after that, you can prove that your state laws indicate you should reduce your speed before making a turn. You can also show that you were driving this way due to noises your vehicle was making, and you didn't want to risk an accident.

Provide Evidence That is Was an Honest Mistake

Believe it or not, some judges will clear your traffic ticket violation if you can show evidence that it was an honest mistake. For example, if you got pulled over for driving straight through a stop sign, you can go back to that spot and get a picture of the stop sign. If it is very difficult to see, which led to you driving through it as you didn't know you were supposed to stop, that is a good defense. You can also show that a bad storm partially obstructed the pedestrian crosswalk, or that it caused you not to see the speed limit sign.

Regardless of what defense you use, make sure you have a traffic ticket lawyer to help you. They will look over your case and gather the right evidence.