Should I fight my speeding ticket?

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Should I fight my speeding ticket?

I was driving to my mom’s, when I saw an officer. I checked my speedometer and it read 65 mph and the limit was 55. The cop pulled me over and said I was 12 mph over and gave me a ticket that said I

was 13? I was sure it was just 10 mph or I would’ve slowed down;10 is a ticket and no points against me. However, the officer is saying that it was more.

Asked on July 4, 2017 under General Practice, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can't fight it without going to court. And generally, unless the police were *very* sloppy (e.g. cannot prove that the laser/radar gun was properly maintained or calibrated, or that the officer was trained in its use), you can't successfully "fight" it anyway: the judge will believe a trained, sworn, neutral (i.e. he/she has no personal stake in the outcome) police officer and his official speed reading over a driver who believes he/she was only going 10mph over the limit.
What you can do is go to court--show up a llittle early--and speak to the prosecutor; if you otherwise have a clean driving record and you approach him/her respectfully, there is a very good chance that he/she will let you pled to a lesser offense or lower speed, such as only 10mph over the limit.


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