Getting ticketed for speeding is a frustrating and expensive situation. Your ticket could be hundreds of dollars, and worse, pleading guilty will mean getting points on your license. This could damage your record, affect your insurance premiums, and even suspend your license.
To avoid these problems, you’ll first need to plead “not guilty” and get your ticket dismissed, which means preparing a strong speeding ticket defense in NY. If you’re struggling with a speeding ticket, a lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows can help you defend yourself and get the ticket dropped.
In some cases, you might not deny that you were speeding but instead focus on what happened to cause the speeding. It might not have been your fault that you were speeding.
For example, some street signs might be obscured by tall bushes, hanging branches, or damage. This caused you to read the sign wrong or miss it entirely, leading you to speed. If this is the case for you, it will be helpful to take photos of the speed limit sign you missed. Showing that it was unreadable from your vehicle can help prove your side of the story.
In some cases, speeding is necessary. You or a loved one might have been having a medical emergency, for instance, and you needed to get to the hospital. While you might have already phoned 911, a police officer or speed camera might have given you a ticket.
To avoid the consequences of your NY speeding ticket, you may need to prove that you were in some sort of emergency situation, such as a medical emergency.
Otherwise, you might need to prove that you were driving at a speed that was reasonable for the situation. For example, you might have been trying to pass an 18-wheeler, or maybe you were trying to keep with the flow of traffic.
If you don’t believe you were actually speeding, your lawyer might focus on the radar equipment used. While it can be difficult to prove without legal help that the radar equipment or speed camera was malfunctioning or incorrectly calibrated, these machines are delicate and can easily be misused.
In these cases, your lawyer might request information on when the machine was last calibrated. Maintenance like this must be conducted regularly to avoid inaccurate readings. They might also question whether the officer using the speed-detecting device was properly trained to use it. If there’s any doubt, there’s a better chance that you’ll walk away without harsh fines and points on your license.
Speeding tickets are rarely easy to handle, but with a strong speeding ticket defense in NY, there’s a chance of getting your ticket dismissed. Fortunately, a lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows can help you build the right defense for your case.
But every speeding ticket is different, and yours might require a different approach. That’s why we recommend you begin with a case review with our firm. We’ll discuss the unique aspects of your speeding ticket and choose the defense that fits your situation.
Struggling with a speeding ticket and need help defending yourself? Speak to a lawyer about your case by calling 917-856-1247 or by completing the online form below.