Speeding tickets require that you pay a fine, while also potentially adding points to your license that can affect your car insurance rates. There are certain tactics for having the ticket dismissed in court.
Speeding tickets are disputable, so you can choose to contest the violation in front of a judge. Here are a few of the more common reasons that judges may dismiss speeding tickets.
Normally, the evidence used against you will come in the form of a red light camera or radar gun readings. These numbers indicate that you were traveling above the speed limit, thus leading to the moving violation. However, there is a chance that either the red light camera or the radar gun the officer used was faulty. A judge may dismiss your speeding ticket if you can successfully produce evidence showing that the technology used during your alleged moving violation did not function properly.
The officer is a no-show
This scenario requires no judgment whatsoever. In the event that the officer who issued the ticket does not appear in court, the judge will have no choice but to dismiss your speeding ticket. You do not have to present any evidence or make any arguments if the officer is not present. The judge will automatically dismiss the violation.
Incorrect information on the ticket
The officer who issues you the ticket must fulfill certain procedures in order for proper processing of the violation; namely, he or she must fill out all of the information accurately. If the officer leaves out any information related to you or to the actual violation or writes something incorrectly on your ticket, this may serve as grounds for dismissal. It is important to pore over everything on your ticket to look for errors such as a misspelling of your name or transposed numbers from your driver’s license that you can use as part of your defense.