How can i dismiss a speeding ticket?

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How can i dismiss a speeding ticket?

I was clocked doing 55 mph in 25 mph zone. It was in North Bergen, N.J. on
16th in Kennedy. How can i fight this ticket? Ive read things on asking for
calibration records and what not. Its my first court date and im just not sure
what to do.

Asked on November 2, 2016 under General Practice, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can ask for records regarding the calibration of the radar/laser gun and the police cruiser's speedometer (if he clocked you that way, rather than by radar), and also about the officer's radar/laer training. In theory, if you show a fault or omission in calibration or training, the ticket will be dismissed. But the reason I write "in theory" in that in my experience with traffic offenses in New Jersey, I have *never* seen someone win a case on this basis: the simple fact is, the police properly maintain and calibrate their equipment, and they are properly trained in its use.
You will likely have much better luck with negotiating a plea than "fighting" the case. The prosecutor will talk to you pre-trial. If you have a clean or good record otherwise; ideally have some explanation for why you were speeding (e.g. keeping up with traffic); and are properly humble, respectful, and polite, it is very likely that the prosecutor will offer you the opportunity to plead to a lesser offense (e.g. a lower speed), with a lesser fine and fewer points.


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