Getting pulled over for speeding can be frustrating and costly. Speeding tickets cost between $90 and $600 in New York, depending on how fast you were going at the time. But don’t assume right away that you’ll have to pay that amount. If you simply plead “guilty” and accept the ticket, you could be paying far more in the future.
You need to know how to get your speeding ticket dismissed, and we’re here to help. At the Law Office of James Medows, we know how serious a speeding ticket can be.
One of the first things to look for when contesting your traffic ticket is the ticket itself. Officers make mistakes, and if there is a mistake on your ticket, it may be grounds to have your ticket dismissed completely.
Not all mistakes are disputable. A minor misspelling, for example, is often insufficient because it won’t prevent understanding of your ticket. Likewise, mistakes about your vehicle, like the difference between red and burgundy, won’t get you too far.
Sometimes, though, the mistakes are significant. The police officer might have listed a completely incorrect street name or the wrong type of infraction. If this happens, you can include this evidence in your appeal. Keeping proof of these mistakes could lead to a favorable verdict for you.
If the information on your ticket is correct, you’re not out of options yet. If you have found nothing incorrect on your ticket, you can question the validity of the items used to check your speed.
For example, the radar guns police officers use to check your speed are not perfect. These tools must be checked regularly to make sure that they’re picking up the correct frequencies.
You can use this to your advantage. In some cases, the officer might have neglected to inspect the device as frequently as he or she should have. Request information on the radar gun used and how recently it was tested.
This defense can be difficult to build, however. As a layperson, your knowledge is likely limited, so simply stating that the readings could be inaccurate is probably not enough. An attorney, however, is likely to have a better understanding of the relevant rules and regulations.
Paying a speeding ticket outright can leave you under financial strain, but with the Law Office of James Medows on your side, you can get a better understanding of how to get your speeding ticket dismissed.
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