What’s the Best Way to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket?
- Know Your Rights
- Know an Officer
- Know an Attorney
- Be Friendly
Answer: Be Friendly
Getting pulled over by a police officer can suck. You may be nervous and not quite sure why he or she pulled you over. Worse yet, you may know exactly why and that it’s your time to pay the price — or if you’re lucky, get off with a warning.
The first thing to remember is that officers do have the discretion (usually on anything under 20mph) not to give you a speeding ticket and let you off with a warning instead. To better your chances of dodging a speeding ticket, there are certain things you should and shouldn’t do to help sway the officer’s decision. Here are some “do’s” and “dont’s” when you get pulled over.
Soon as you see lights behind you, put your turn signal on.
If you’re getting pulled over, start off on the right foot by looking for safe place to exit and pull over. It should have a wide enough shoulder for you both to park safely. If it’s dark, and there are options, it’s best to pull over in a well lit area.
If the siren comes on, start pulling over
When an officer turns their siren on, they’re letting you know to pull over immediately. They deem it safe enough for you to pull over where you are. When you don’t pull over, it just raises red flags.
Engine off, window down, hands on the wheel & interior lights on
If you have your paperwork readily accessible, have it ready to present to the officer. On the other hand, if you don’t have it ready and need to dig for it, just wait with your hands on the steering wheel and wait to get permission from the officer to find it.
Be candid, friendly and personable
When the officer asks if you know why they pulled you over, it’s better to just say what you did and admit the error. If you are fortunate enough to get pulled over by an officer in a good mood, being friendly and personable yourself could help get you off with a warning. Talk too much and you’re likely to get a swift ticket and be sent on your way.
Avoid speeding around the holidays
There are certain times of the year — around the holidays, for example — when officers can take overtime to sit around for the sole purpose of writing tickets. That unofficial buffer zone of 5-10mph (give or take) still applies, but once you’re pulled over, don’t expect any leeway, no matter how many good jokes you crack.
If you do get the ticket, you still have a chance
There are a number of law firms you can find online who offer to help you beat your ticket or give you your money back. Check them out on review sites first, and make sure they have a good reputation before you pay. They usually require funds up-front and the fees could be a few hundred bucks. The reason to fight the ticket isn’t to avoid the initial fees; it’s to avoid the ongoing insurance hike for a moving violation on your record. Paying a few hundred bucks to fight the ticket now could save you thousands of dollars over a few years.
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