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4 potential defenses to a speeding ticket

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2024 | Speeding Ticket

At some point, most people receive a speeding ticket. While it is frustrating, never assume that it’s easiest just to pay it and move on. That could have negative consequences for your future that you haven’t yet considered.

There are potential defenses to speeding tickets that may help you avoid significant fines and other consequences. Here are a few to explore:

1. Questioning if your speed was measured accurately

One common defense against a speeding ticket involves questioning the accuracy of the device used to measure your speed. This could be a radar, laser (LIDAR) or pacing (where the officer follows you at a constant distance). Arguing that the device was improperly calibrated or used incorrectly can cast doubt on the reliability of the evidence.

2. Arguing road conditions and necessity

Another angle is to consider the road conditions during the alleged offense. If you had to speed up temporarily for safety reasons (like keeping pace with traffic to avoid an accident), these factors can be used in your defense.

3. Procedural defenses

Procedural defenses focus on the way the ticket was issued. This includes checking for clerical errors on the ticket or arguing that the officer didn’t follow proper protocol. While these defenses don’t dispute that speeding occurred, they can sometimes lead to a dismissal on technical grounds.

4. Personal emergency

If you were speeding due to a personal emergency, such as rushing someone to the hospital, this can sometimes be used as a defense. However, this requires substantial proof, and the situation’s urgency must be reasonable and verifiable.

Defending against a speeding ticket involves carefully assessing the circumstances and evidence. Knowing your rights and options can help you in this situation.