Is It Possible To Fight My Speeding Ticket?
Almost every driver will receive a ticket at some point. Speeding tickets are among the most common tickets given out to North Carolina motorists. But however common they may be, they can still have serious consequences.
If you have one or more speeding tickets, you must also have questions about criminal defense for speeding tickets. Here, the Kernersville-based firm of Scott Law Group, will answer some of them for you.
1. What are some speeding ticket defense tactics?
Just because a cop claimed that they caught you speeding does not make it true. There are many defenses to speeding tickets. We might claim that:
- The police officer mistook your car for a different one
- The officer’s equipment was faulty
- An extenuated circumstance like an emergency compelled you to speed
- Driving slower would have put your safety in danger
2. What are the consequences of not fighting a ticket?
Most speeding tickets and other traffic offenses result in a fine. But if you have several tickets on your record, you will face harsher penalties such as:
- Fines and legal fees in the hundreds to thousands of dollars
- Points on your license
- Higher insurance premiums
- Suspension of your license
- Revocation of your license
- Jail time
3. What is the process of fighting a ticket?
Working closely with your lawyer, you can request a mitigation hearing or a contested hearing from the court. A mitigation hearing involves some admission of guilt but requests a reduced penalty. Contested hearings involve pleading “not guilty” to the charge.
Your attorney will conduct discovery, or research the circumstances of your case. This could include taking photographs of the scene, obtaining security camera footage or interviewing witnesses.
Then, you will proceed to traffic court. In court, your lawyer will present your case and seek a reduced sentence or a not guilty verdict. They can also negotiate with the prosecutor for a better sentence or to drop your charges.
4. Why do you need a lawyer for a speeding ticket?
You do have the option of representing yourself, but this is not always wise. Speeding ticket attorneys like the ones at Scott Law Group, have successfully represented hundreds of clients. They know the court system inside and out, and they have the best chance of helping your case succeed.
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At Scott Law Group, we understand how speeding tickets may affect your life, including your employment prospects, driving privileges and more. Our criminal defense firm takes these charges seriously, treating them with the same weight as any other criminal charge.