Speeding Tickets

A speeding ticket is a legal document issued by a traffic officer when a motorist exceeds the speed limit. In the USA speed limits are set by a variety of state, county and municipal laws.

All your traffic violations are carefully noted by the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state where your vehicle has been registered.

Each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles maintains a database of motorists, including their convicted traffic violations.

There are a number of options available to you once you have received a speeding ticket. You can pay the fine. This amounts to a guilty plea and might also involve demerit points being added to your driving record or your license being suspended if you have gone over your points limit. It might also lead to an increase in your motor vehicle insurance premiums.

Fines will double if the speeding violation is committed in a “safe corridor” area.

Do keep in mind though that speeding is a major cause of accidents and if somebody gets hurt through your negligence you will have much bigger problems than only a speeding ticket.

You might think that a speeding fine is a small, legal matter to sort out. Involving an attorney to help you might, however, save you hours of frustration, a major hike in your insurance claims and even your drivers’ license.

You can ask your lawyer to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor in the municipal court. This might involve paying a smaller fine, receive fewer demerit points or find some way to not have your license suspended. If you are a first offender, this might be the best way for you to go.

You can also decide to plead not guilty. If you feel that you were justified, by exceptional circumstances, to speed, you will then be given a chance to state your case to the court. If you doubt the accuracy of the equipment used to measure your car’s speed your lawyer will have access to expert witnesses who will be able to dispute the veracity of the reading on your behalf. This is bound to be very expensive though. Your attorney might also decide to attack the traffic official’s paperwork or training certification. If you received a pace ticket, where your speed was not measured by calibrated equipment but estimated by traffic or police officers following you, your attorney might be able to successfully dispute their version of events.

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