How To Fight Traffic Tickets

Last year I rear-ended a car while on a freeway in stop and go traffic; he had slammed on his brakes and I wasn’t able to stop in time. A few weeks later I received a letter in the mail from the State Patrol; in it was a traffic ticket for inattentive driving. I decided to fight it.

The ticket gave me the option to sign admittance and pay my fee or to report to the specific county office to talk to a traffic officer to fight the ticket. Feeling pleased with myself, I went in to see the traffic officer but was told that I needed a police report in order to properly fight the ticket.

The traffic officer looked over the police report, looked at the ticket, and then said “all right, the charge is dismissed. After a few clicks on her keyboard I was free to go and free of the ticket and its $100 fine.

It wasn’t very tough for me, sometimes it’s a little tougher to fight traffic tickets. It’s not so easy to fight traffic tickets which aren’t in this category like speeding tickets. If the traffic officer wouldn’t have dismissed the ticket it would have been sent to traffic court, where I would have argued my case in front of a judge.

If the trooper would have show up things probably wouldn’t have gone in my favor, as judges are usually likely to take a trooper’s word over someone else’s. The best way to fight traffic tickets is to be respectfuland to play by the rules; if you work within the system and appear to be fighting a ticket that was given unjustly you’ve got a chance but if you’re aggressive or disrespectful you don’t have a chance.

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