Today is your lucky day. I’m pulling back the curtain on the way that I beat most speeding tickets. By the time you are done reading this post, you will be smarter than 99% of your friends. Guaranteed.
A Word of Caution About how I Beat Most Speeding Tickets
Everything I said above is true. When I am through here you will be armed with valuable information that could actually help you beat your speeding ticket on your own.
But, before you go blazing a trail to the courthouse to fight your speeding ticket, I want to give you a word of caution.
While this is the way I beat most speeding tickets, it still represents a relatively small percentage of tickets I win (probably 30% or so). The rest of the time I’m using the rest of the arrows in my quiver or coming up with some new, sneaky theory to beat tickets.
I want to share this with you to give you a window into what I do for my clients. But, know by the time you are reading this you are going to know enough just to be dangerous.
Lidar in a Nutshell
There are generally one of three ways the officer can determine you were speeding. Either by pace, which is where the officer uses his own speedometer to clock your speed, by radar, or by laser. Laser is the most recent addition to an officer’s collection of speed measuring tools. It is also supposed to be the most accurate and difficult to beat. Though it may be more accurate than the other ways, there is still a way to beat a ticket.
Let’s start with how the laser method works. The laser speed measuring devices are referred to as “lidar” which stands for light detection and ranging. The way lidar works is that is relies on infrared light reflection rather than the Doppler shift, which is what radar uses. Lidar measures the round trip time for the infrared light to reach a car and reflect back. This amount of time is measured, is then computed into a distance, and the change in the distance provides the car’s speed.
So How do I beat Lidar Speeding Tickets?
For the court to accept the speed reading the cop has to prove to the court that the laser gun was working properly at the time he used it.
My job is to convince the court that the cop didn’t do what he was supposed to. And to do this I typically use the cop’s own documents.
The first thing the cop has to do is test the lidar against an external standard. After that he has to do an internal diagnostics check, a fixed distance test, a heads up display (HUD) alignment test, and a differential distance test.
Frequently the officers will list that these tests were indeed performed on the affidavit but fail to state what the results of these tests are. This is known as the “no result” argument. If the officer fails to state what the results of the tests were, how do I (and more importantly the judge) know the Lidar was in proper working order?
We can’t. And when the judge can’t be sure, they have no choice but to dismiss the ticket.
This is a sure winner and something I look for in every one of my Lidar speeding ticket cases.
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Erika Wunderlich is one of the team of attorneys at Emerald City Law Group Inc. that works hard every day to keep our clients out of trouble, keep their driving records clean, and save them money on car insurance premiums. She’s handled hundreds of traffic tickets and can’t wait to help you beat yours.
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