If you receive a traffic ticket, it's important to fully understand why this happened and what you can do to protect your legal rights in the future. You may decide to pay the traffic ticket and move on, but this isn't always in your best interest.
If you have reason to believe you can fight back and win, you should learn more about the many traffic ticket defense strategies you can use to your advantage.
- Dispute the officer's opinion: If you received a traffic ticket as a result of an officer's opinion, such as that you were driving unsafely, you may be able to successfully dispute their claim. Subjective tickets leave a lot to interpretation, which puts you in better position to fight back.
- Use evidence to your advantage: If your traffic ticket is more clear cut, and less based on the officer's opinion, you should consider if there is any evidence you can use to strengthen your case. For example, the use of a diagram can explain your thoughts on the situation, thus giving the judge a clear idea of what exactly happened. Also, eyewitness statements can work in your favor. The more evidence you present the better.
- Argue that you had a reason for breaking the law: This sounds silly, but you may be able to argue that your driving was justified. For example, you could argue that you were driving in excess of the speed limit to move your vehicle away from a trucker who was swerving all over the road. If you're going to use this defense strategy, collect and present as much evidence as possible.
Some people look at a traffic ticket and assume that fighting back isn't worth the time and hassle. Others, however, realize that they may be able to lessen the impact on their life, such as by having the fine reduced and/or avoiding points on their license.
If you receive a traffic ticket, don't do anything until you learn more about your legal rights. If you decide to fight a traffic ticket, compare the pros and cons of each defense strategy to ensure you're using the one that puts you in the best position for success.