Tips From for Disputing a Traffic Ticket blog: Tips From for Disputing a Traffic Ticket

No one enjoys getting a traffic ticket, and if you are like most, you will probably be quick to either hire a lawyer or plead guilty to the charge. The team at understands this feeling, but you may be able to challenge your ticket in court and win. If you want to avoid costly legal fees, the loss of driving privileges or increased insurance premiums, try using these strategies to dispute your ticket in court.

Challenge the Officer’s Objectivity 

Some jurisdictions require officers to maintain objective observation throughout the case. During the trial, both sides will present evidence, and a judge will decide who is correct. Most of the time, the law is on the officer’s side, but if you can prove that his or her view was not objective, or just plain incorrect, you may have a chance at victory. If you can provide trustworthy testimony from bystanders or other witnesses who oppose the officer’s account of events, a judge may reconsider the officer’s statement. Photographs of inclement weather conditions or unnoticeable signs and lights can also bolster your case.

Mistakes of Fact

The team at understands that everyone makes mistakes, and apparently, the traffic courts do as well. If you can show the judge that you made a “mistake of fact,” he or she may dismiss your ticket. Some examples of a “mistake of fact” include the following:

  • You are charged with running a red light, but the traffic lights at the intersection were not fully functional. This often occurs after major storms or power outages.
  • While on the interstate, you speed up to avoid getting sideswiped by a car and, in turn, are awarded a ticket. Simply argue that you assumed you were in danger of having a collision.
  • You are ticketed for running a stop sign that is hidden by a large bush or tree. If you had known that the sign was present, you would have come to a complete stop.

Simply put, if you use this method, you will be expected to prove that you were reasonably unaware of the driving behavior expected of you.

Differing Perspectives

Did you know that you have the right to challenge the ticketing officer’s perspective? Most people do not, and this may be your best hope at beating a ticket. For example, if you were charged with speeding, you could technically argue that you felt it was unsafe to slow down, and that you were simply trying to go with the flow of traffic. Of course, the experts at believe that your point of view will be better understood if you offer tangible evidence, but this may work regardless. You can also bring up the fact that the officer’s full attention was not on the road. Just remember, you will be required to prove your point, so don’t take this method lightly.