Any driver that has had a speeding ticket knows that the experience is both annoying and costly. Many people will just pay the fine and be done with it, not thinking about the implications. If you find yourself with a speeding ticket, before decide to accept the fine, you may want to consider if the ticket is worth fighting.
If you get a speeding ticket, you will have to pay a fine that can be quite costly, especially if you have had previous tickets. It can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. You will also have demerit appoints applied to your driving record. The accumulation of demerit points can have serious effects. The more points you acquire, the more severe the penalty.
Speeding tickets also affect your insurance premiums. If you get a speeding ticket, the insurance company may raise your rates because you will be considered a high risk driver. If you make a habit of getting caught speeding, the insurance could possibly cancel your policy and it would be very difficult getting insurance from another company. If you do get insurance, the premiums will be quite high.
If you feel that the speeding ticket you received was incorrect, you may want to consider fighting the ticket. For example, sometimes a police officer may make a mistake recording how fast someone was driving. Also, you may have been traveling above the speed limit, but it could have been due to the weather and road conditions. You may have been traveling above the speed limit to avoid an accident, or you had mechanical problems such as a gas pedal problem. As well, the officer may have made a mistake on the ticket or the officer's radar may have been malfunctioning.
It is important to be aware that if you choose to fight the ticket, it will be your responsibility to prove that you were driving at a safe speed for the particular situation. If you are unsure about your rights and what you have to do to defend yourself in court, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney that specializes in speeding ticket cases. You will then be able to decide if it is worth it go to court and what you need to do to prepare your case. If you are facing severe penalties, it may be worth having an attorney represent you in court.
If you plan to go to court, you will need evidence to support your defense. For instance, you will need such documentation as ticket issued by the officer, any witness statements, officer's badge number, pictures of the area where you were stopped to show road conditions and weather conditions, road signs, power lines, documentation supporting the condition of your vehicle,...etc. You will also likely need to create a large diagram indicating important objects such as your car, where officer was positioned, any obstructions such tree branches hanging over the posted speed limit sign...etc.
It is important to be aware that sometimes objects such as power lines, power stations, and other vehicles, can interfere with a radar reading. If you want to subpoena the radar device, it is a good idea to have lawyer representation. As well, you should also have an attorney if you want to prove that the officer was not properly trained to use a radar detector.
Fighting a speeding ticket may be the best solution if you feel you have a case. The assistance of an attorney specializing in fighting speeding tickets can be beneficial as this type of attorney has the expertise, understands the law, and will know if you have a chance of winning.