If I got a ticket for going 40 mph in a 30 mph, is there anyway I can fight to keep it off my record?

The cop was hidden. As I realized I was going a little fast, I started breaking and then I noticed the lights behind me. The cop never turned his sirens on.

Asked on November 28, 2015 under General Practice, Washington

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

There ar eseveral ways to contest a speeding ticket. You can contest it and hope that the issuing officer does not show up to court (if he does, you'll need an alternate defense). You could also aclaim that you were not in fact speeding; ask what the exect reading on the gun as and when it was last calibrated before you recieved your ticket (request that all documents and other evidence be actually produced). Finally, you can argue that that if you were speeding, it was excusable. For example, you might find that the speed limit sign was obstructed or covered by foliage or even missing completely (take pictures of this).
Bottom line, there are defenses to a speeding ticket. You can defend yourself but it might well be worth retaining an attorney who can present the best viable defense. It will save you court fines and increased car insurance premiums.


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