Want to know how to beat a speeding ticket in court? In prior blog articles, we’ve explained that no matter what type of ticket you received, the number one thing you must do in court is BE PREPARED. We’ve also discussed how speeding tickets are the most common tickets given out anywhere.
Well, today, we are going to get more specific and a little technical, because this article (the first of a two-part series) is going to tell you how to beat a speeding ticket in court. It’s in two parts because I want to give you so much great information. Here’s the first part (with a bonus tip thrown in).
Once you determine HOW the speed was measured, you need to know that there is paperwork for each type and that the paperwork for each device is a little different. What’s the best way to see the (evidence the officer will use against you) paperwork? Simple, you need to ask. It really is that simple. However, this must be done with care. In Florida, the rules of traffic court generally do not allow for reviewing things very far in advance, but since you legally have a right to see evidence the government will use against you, (and the police officer knows this) if you ask politely, most police are very happy to show it to you.
If you come across an officer who gives an attitude and doesn’t want to show you anything, don’t argue. You can use this to your advantage in front of the judge, but you must remember to drop your ego and any attitude. If you want any sympathy later from the judge, you must look like the poor little victim being bullied by the big, bad police officer (which you can’t do if you start screaming and demand to see all paperwork NOW!!!).
If the police officer won’t show it to you, just wait until your case is called and politely explain to the judge that you were curious as to what device the officer used to determine your speed (you are legally entitled to see it) and that when you asked the police officer to show it to you, he became very angry and refused. Tell the judge you’re not sure why the officer reacted that way because IF you saw that the paperwork was all in order, you MIGHT not contest the ticket. By doing this, you are showing proper respect for the police officer and the judicial system. The judge should appreciate that you are not demanding the ticket be dismissed, but being respectful and also knowing your rights. Re-read those last few sentences carefully. The words you choose are very important. If you do it right, the judge will order the police officer to show you the paperwork and call another case while you take a look.
Notice I didn’t tell you to tell the judge that when the officer shows you the paperwork, you will not contest the ticket any longer. That’s not true and you should NEVER lie in court. But, by not forcing the officer to show you exactly what will be used against you in court, you are making his/her job easier, and playing right into their hands. I know after reading this blog, you know better than that. Be respectful, be knowledgeable, and be prepared and you will have a fighting chance.
Be sure to continue to Part II, where I provide more information on how to beat a speeding ticket in court.