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Anyone who drives regularly will end up experiencing a traffic ticket for some reason. The situation and circumstances will dictate if a person should decide to fight or pay it. A driver who gets a single traffic ticket once every several years, may want to just pay the fine and move on with their life. In some states, it’s possible to go to traffic school and get a clean record. In some cases, a traffic ticket may be expensive and add points to a person’s license. This could happen even if the accused driver believes they can prove they’re innocent. This is a time to consider contesting the traffic ticket. When to know if you have to fight or to pay a traffic ticket should be based on knowing the legal system for traffic court.

Understand The Law

When a person is charged with any traffic violation, and they want to fight, it’s essential they completely comprehend the law. Most police officers don’t fully understand the true meaning of the law. People should find the law they are alleged to have broken. It’s then important for them to define each element of the law. If a person’s violation doesn’t’ match the prohibitions defined in the law, they may be in a position to prove they did not violate its true meaning. When to know if you have to fight or to pay can be determined by analyzing the details of traffic laws.

Possible Defenses

There are a number of defenses that can be effectively used to fight a traffic ticket. A driver can ask if the police officer’s view of their vehicle could have been obstructed. There may have been other moving vehicles or stationary objects like houses, bushes, walls or parked cars that could have been in the way. Ask if it’s possible the police officer stopped the wrong vehicle. This works well when a ticket is received during high traffic conditions. In some states, it’s okay to drive sightly over the speed limit. if conditions make it safe. If it’s a speeding ticket, and the conditions were safe, a driver may have a defense. Ask if it’s possible the methods used to determine the vehicle’s speed were accurate.


In some cases the police officer may not show up to court. In most cases, when this happens, the accused automatically wins. Some people will postpone their court date. Others will file for an extension. Doing this increases the chance an officer won’t show up in court. Knowing how to schedule a court date, can help a person decide if they want to fight or pay their traffic ticket.

Camera Tickets

Most drivers don’t believe it’s possible to beat a ticket based on results from a camera. There are a few things that can be done in this case. Most courthouses seldom bring the videos or pictures of traffic violations into court. In most cases, this is an automatic traffic ticket dismissal. If a court does have the video or picture, there is still a way to beat it. If the police officer who reviewed the images and issued the ticket is in court, a driver can object to their testimony. A driver can claim the police officer’s testimony is based on hearsay and unreliable. The police officer is depending on the observations of a third party to issue a traffic ticket. The officer didn’t actually witness the traffic violation, and his testimony shouldn’t be permitted. This approach has worked for many drivers.

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