Updated: Dec 17, 2019
Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket? If so, you know this common violation can turn into more than a minor nuisance. Consequences can include higher insurance rates, fines, jail time, points on driving records and loss of a driver’s license.
Because of this, you might have wondered if you can contest a speeding ticket. The answer is yes, you can give it a try.
Want to know more? Keep these tips in mind.
What to Do When You Get Pulled Over
Stay calm and be polite to the officer. Reader’s Digest spoke to drivers who’ve gotten out of tickets as well as police officers, who recommended the following:
If you see an officer while driving faster than you should, politely wave. This lets them know you’re slowing down.
Don’t admit guilt.
Ask questions like how their day is going and if it’s okay to reach for your wallet.
Politely ask them to consider giving you a warning instead.
What to Do If You Get a Ticket
There are a few steps you can take to attempt to have it dismissed:
Get proof. If your defense will be an obstructed or missing speed limit sign, get proof before you leave the scene by taking photos.
Fact check. Look for factual errors on the ticket, such as your driver’s license or plate number.
Plead not guilty. In most states, you have a designated amount of time to plead not guilty and request a court date.
Ask the judge for a continuance. Delaying the court date brings a greater chance of the ticketing officer not appearing in court, which means a greater chance of the ticket being dismissed.
If you have additional questions about how to handle a speeding ticket, reach out for assistance.