Whenever anyone finds out I’m a Seattle traffic lawyer, they always want to know one thing, how do I beat speeding tickets?
That is such a loaded question that the answer is never satisfying.
There are many different ways to beat a speeding ticket, all of which might apply to your case or none of which might apply to your case, depending on how your car speed was determined and what happened after you were pulled over. One thing I do always tell my friends is, you can’t hope to talk your way out of a speeding ticket.
Why Talking Your Way Out of Speeding Tickets Doesn’t Work
I know, I know, you’ve heard countless stories of people who tell you the dramatic story they told the police that got them out of their Seattle speeding ticket. Or the way the sweet talked the officer into letting them out of their speeding ticket.
But the fact of the matter is, in the end, the officer probably decided he was going to let you go the minute he first met you, and you really had nothing to do with it. What I see all the time though is that tactic backfiring and really hurting your chances of beating your ticket.
Why Talking Hurts Your Chances of Beating Your Ticket
The backfire occurs in one primary way – you have just cashed in your own guilty verdict by talking to the police officer. Assuming he does write you a ticket, when he gets back into his car he is going to write down a bunch of notes about what happened during your meeting.
Everything You Say Can and Will be Used Against You
Police officers issue thousands of traffic tickets every year, and the only way they can remember what happened in each case is by the notes they write on the back. And, if you admit you were speeding, or that you ran the red light, or that you failed to yield, you can bet he is going to take note of that and bring it up at your contested speeding ticket hearing.
The Best Way to Beat a Seattle Speeding Ticket
So, what should you do to have a chance of beating your speeding ticket?
First, of course, read this blog.
Second, call us when you get your ticket.
Third, when you do get pulled over, be courteous, say as little as possible, and don’t admit to anything.
The greatest thing that can happen for your case is the officer gets back to his car and has very little to write down on his ticket about you. The less he remembers the better. And the less statements you’ve made against yourself the easier defending that speeding ticket will be.
So, the next time you get pulled over in Seattle for speeding, fight the urge to plead your case and give an excuse for your conduct. Instead play dumb, don’t admit to anything (and don’t lie to the police – that looks even worse), and call your speeding ticket attorney as quickly as possible.
About Me: Christopher Small is an attorney at Emerald City Law Group Inc., and the author of this blog post. If you’d like to read more, click here. If you need help, call us – 206.651.4245.
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