Can my 20 year old daughter get her speeding ticket reduced in any way?

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Can my 20 year old daughter get her speeding ticket reduced in any way?

My daughter was heading back to college this morning and was pulled over
and given a ticket by a state trooper for going 81 mph in a 65 mph zone. i
believe she said the state trooper was using a radar device.

Asked on November 27, 2017 under General Practice, Connecticut

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

She almost certainly cannot successfully fight or challenge or dispute the ticket: in my experience representing clients in traffic cases, 1) the officer is properly trained on the device and the device is propertly maintained and calibrated; and 2) courts always believe the trained, sworn, neutral (i.e. no personal stake in the outcome) police officers over the drivers (who do have a personal stake in the ticket). Ergo, the court is going to believe the speed reading.
However, courts prefer to settle, rather than try (i.e. have a trial) cases like this. If your daughter has an otherwise clean driving record, there is a reasonably good chance that the prosecutor will offer her a plea to a lesser offense (e.g. fewer miles over the limit; or sometimes to an offense with a larger fine but no points). She should show up early to make sure she has the chance to speak to the prosecutor and speak calmly and respectfully to him/her.


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