While we all respect the police force and understand they have a difficult job to do, many of us have found ourselves stopped and ticketing unfairly. Cops are not perfect, and that’s why you have the ability to fight the ticket in court. Feel free to come to court and provide your side of the story. Of course, you want to do it in a productive way. Here are some tips on fighting your traffic ticket.
Get Witness Statements
If other people saw the incident, get their help. Have them record what they saw and provide the court with their witness statements. If they are able to come to court, ask them to come with you. It’s best to pick a third party that was not in the car with you at the time of the incident. You don’t want the witness statement to appear biased or it might not be admissible in court.
Prepare for Your Court Date
Many people walk into court and wing it in front of the judge with absolutely no plan. You want to plan your defense. You may even want to gather up evidence to support your case. Practice what you will say and any responses to questions the judge might have.
You are not going to get a judge to side with you if you are disrespectful. It’s important to stand up for yourself, but you also need to be respectful. Speak to the court properly. You should also be sure to present yourself appropriately by wearing professional clothes.
Stay Out of Trouble
Once you’ve gotten a ticket, you want to show remorse. There’s nothing that shows that you don’t take your legal woes seriously like getting another infraction. Make sure not to get in trouble again after your offense. Drive more carefully and correct any problems before getting back on the road.
Hire a Lawyer
You may need representation to fight your case. If you are facing serious charges, it’s time to call the professionals and get some help. Be sure to be honest with your traffic ticket lawyer and give them all of the necessary information. If you withhold information, they may not be able to make the right decisions about fighting your case. Remember your lawyer is there to help you.
We all end up with a ticket eventually. Many times, we may feel the ticket was administered incorrectly. Utilize your legal system. Just be sure that you’re prepared with accurate information and your utmost respect.
Author Bio: Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer living in Boston, MA. When not writing, she enjoys reading and indoor rock climbing. Find her on Google +