Helpful Tips for Challenging a Speeding Ticket
In most cases, speeding is a traffic infraction rather than a crime, unless there are exacerbating circumstances. Still, the consequences for a speeding ticket can be severe in some cases, especially if you have a history of citations on your record. You may need to pay large fines or suffer the consequences of a license suspension or revocation.
There are some cases in which you may wish to challenge your speeding ticket. Below are some tips to help in these efforts:
- Prepare yourself: The information you provide to the court can make a big difference. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might collect photos, maps, videos and witness information to back your arguments. If, for example, you claim you were traveling at a safe speed, provide evidence demonstrating the conditions of the road at the time you were ticketed.
- Understand burden of proof: The government has the burden of proving you committed a speeding violation. Sometimes this is difficult for the government to do.
- Use the best defense strategy: Arguing that you were driving a safe speed will not always be a reasonable defense strategy. Legal professionals with experience in such cases will help you determine the best method for protecting your rights.
For more guidance and advice on challenging a speeding ticket in court, speak with skilled Berks County criminal defense lawyer David R. Eshelman.