Getting a speeding ticket is neither fun nor thrilling. It’s frustrating; however, there’s no need to panic. Getting a speeding ticket can have serious consequences, but there are ways to mitigate or even eliminate its effects. Here’s what to do when getting a speeding ticket:
Okay, You Got Pulled Over in California
Once you’re pulled over in California, try the following things to handle the situation as smooth as possible:
You will sign the ticket and proceed with any of the following three scenarios:
Many people pay for their speeding ticket because they are unaware they can contest it or do not want to go through the hassle, especially if the ticket is under $50. However, only a small percentage of speeding fines in California are under $50, while the actual cost of a speeding penalty in California typically exceeds $100.
- Please speak with the officer and inquire what the approach they used to determine that you violated the law was. Please pay close attention to this information, remember it, write it down, and keep it in a safe place.
- Only speak when necessary because everything you say to the officer could be used against you if the case goes to court.
- Keep in mind that the officer is simply performing their duties. The best option is to remain unnoticed. The fewer specifics you give the officer to recall, the more likely they will forget them when it comes time to appear in front of the court.
- Keep track of everything, including the date, time, and place, as well as any damage.
You may require this information to defend your case. Also, keep an eye out for what drove you to speed, such as missing or unclear signs.
- Paying for the ticket.
- Fighting the ticket
- Negotiating a lower penalty and enrolling in traffic school.
What Happens In Each Scenario?
Paying the ticket
If you opt to accept and pay your ticket, check insurance quotes before deciding, as most companies will raise their rates due to your changing record. For example, A driver in their 40s with full coverage and a decent credit score will typically pay around $355 extra every year after receiving a single speeding ticket, according to NerdWallet 2020 research.
Fighting a ticket isn’t as difficult as it may appear on paper. It is doable, and many individuals opt for this alternative to save money. The interesting part about fighting a ticket is that you will have to appear in court to contest it, although there is also the alternative of submitting a written declaration. Additionally, you may need to retain the services of an attorney. The good news is that the burden of proof will lie on the prosecutor, who will have to prove your guilt.
Fighting the Ticket
You can also get off the hook if the cop fails to appear in court, but don’t make the common mistake of depending only on this. If you want to avoid paying the ticket, you should develop a good defense. Be prepared to respond to any of these questions:
Before fighting a ticket, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the California Vehicle Code (CVC), so you know your rights and what to expect. Also, the name of the local office will be listed on your ticket, along with a lot of information about what you may do, like the required paperwork and where, when, and how to hand it over.
- Did you notice the posted speed limit?
- Did you realize you were exceeding the speed limit?
- Why were you exceeding the posted speed limit?
What else should I know about fighting a ticket?
When fighting your traffic ticket, a good strategy can be to delay your hearing, so you have more time to prepare your case. What do you need to fight a traffic ticket successfully? Consider the following elements:
- Gather evidence. You can use GPS data or dashcam video as evidence. Photographic evidence can also be used to show that speed signs were not present or were obstructed.
- Investigate the speed equipment used in your case so you can counter-interrogate the cop and show that the radar pistol isn’t a reliable tool.
- Do some research and look for witnesses to back up your claim of innocence.
- Consider good questions you’d ask the prosecutor. These should be made to show your innocence and get you out of trouble.
Go to Traffic School and Lower Penalties
Any traffic safety remedial training is referred to as “traffic school.” These courses are typically simple and take a day or less to finish. Many states give drivers the option of taking in-person or online courses. Some courses—mainly those offered online—require the driver to pass an exam or a series of tests covering the subject presented in the class.
The cost of the course—paid by the driver—often ranges from fewer than $50 to a few hundred dollars. After that, a certificate of completion will be given to drivers who complete traffic school. The driver’s course completion is usually reported to the court and the DMV by the traffic school provider.
NOTE: You need to be eligible for traffic school, which means you need to have a valid driver’s license, the offense must have happened in a noncommercial car, and your infraction should be a moving violation; thus, your ticket is for that.
Call Ticket Snipers
Ticket Snipers are always available to help you fight your speeding ticket. Send us your traffic ticket, tell us your story, let us handle the case with our legal team of professionals, and we will send you the defense documents via email. There’s no need to struggle if you ever get a speeding ticket. We got your back and will always fight for your peace of mind.