How to Beat a Speeding Ticket

#AskALawyer Show 15: Can You Beat a Speeding Ticket with the Wrong Citation?

This week’s question is all about traffic tickets. Specifically, a client wants to know what one can do when the cop cites you for the wrong thing.

Here’s a great example:

Let’s say you are driving on the highway. You are driving too fast – 65 in a 60 mph zone. The cop pulls you over and gives you a ticket. You go and look the ticket up, though, and realize that he cited you for driving too fast for conditions, which doesn’t really apply in this situation.

Can you beat a speeding ticket in that scenario?

Watch the video to find out!

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Traffic Lawyer Secrets: Why Do I Give Them Away?

I do a show every week called The #AskALawyer Show. In that show, I invite people to ask me questions about anything they want.

This week’s question was about traffic tickets. Specifically, a listener wanted to know why a traffic lawyer, like myself, would want to give away my secrets for beating traffic tickets again and again.

I thought it was a great questions, so I took a couple of minutes and answered it.

Enjoy!

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Is Speeding Ticket Mitigation the Right Choice?

speeding ticket attorney mitigationOne of the frequently asked questions we get here at Emerald City Law Group is if speeding ticket mitigation is the right choice. Today I want to answer that question with an emphatic no!

Three Reasons Speeding Ticket Mitigation is Not the Answer

It’s easy for me to just tell you no, without any explanation, right? But that’s not how we do it here. I don’t want to just tell you why it’s a bad choice, I want you to know why it’s a bad choice.

We’re not just about getting paid here. We’re more than happy to hand out some free advice from time to time.


1. You Still Have to Go to Court

This may or may not be a problem for you, but if I wasn’t a traffic attorney, taking the time to go to court in the middle of the day to ask for a $50 discount would be a colossal waste of time for me.

Let’s assume you make $20/hour. If it takes you an hour to get to court, an hour for court to take place, and an hour to get back, then you’ve already paid more than if you just paid the ticket (3 hours of lost vacation time). Factor in gas and the hassle and you’re losing more by contesting than not.

2. Speeding Ticket Mitigation Requires Groveling

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is get up in front of some judge and explain to them why I was driving too fast. And the worst thing is I’d probably have to come up with some lame excuse.

There is nothing I hate more than having to tell someone I did something wrong that I don’t think is wrong and then throw myself at their mercy. I don’t think you should have to do that either.

3. Your Car Insurance is Still Affected

This is probably the number one reason why speeding ticket mitigation is not the right choice. When you mitigate your ticket you are admitting to speeding. When the judge reduces the fine you are found to have been speeding.

That information is reported to the Department of Licensing who then reports it to your insurance company, who then raises your rates.

What Should You do if You get a Speeding Ticket?

The obvious answer is to call us for help – 206.973.0407. We can answer your questions, learn about your situation, and help you decide what the best course of action is for you.

At the end of the day, don’t mitigate. There are better options.

Christopher Small is the co-owner of Emerald City Law Group. He gets a kick out of beating speeding tickets. He figures you might as well benefit from that.


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How I Beat Most Speeding Tickets (it’s called Lidar)

How I beat lidar speeding tickets

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.

Have a Speeding Ticket You Need Help With?

Don’t wait, give me a call today or fill out the form on the right. You can talk to us immediately, have all of your questions answered, and find out how we can help you keep your driving record clean.

Call us today at 206.973.0407 for help. I look forward to hearing from you!

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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How to Beat a Speeding Ticket: Radar Gun Certification

Get a speeding ticket and feel like you’ve got no chance to beat it because the cop caught you by using a radar gun? That may not be the case. Read below for a tip on how to beat a speeding ticket by making sure the radar gun certification is correct. Highlights: 0:30 #1 reason […]
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What Not to Say to the Cops When Stopped for Speeding

In this episode of The Ultimate Traffic Lawyer Podcast I talk about what to say to the cops when you get stopped for speeding. This does not happen too often, but it happens enough that it warrants a podcast episode. What usually happens when you get pulled over by the cops for speeding? They ask […]
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Why We Beat so Many Speeding Tickets

In this episode of The Ultimate Traffic Lawyer Podcast I talk how we are able to beat so many speeding tickets. You’ll hear about this on the podcast, but this year we’ve only lost one traffic ticket. Yes, you heard that right. But that success doesn’t just happen by accident. It happens because of the […]
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Beat a Speeding Ticket by Beating the Radar Gun

In this episode of The Ultimate Traffic Lawyer Podcast I talk how to beat a speeding ticket by beating the radar gun (RADAR and LIDAR). One of the things I like to do on our blog and on our podcast is give you an inside look into the work we do for each of our […]
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Why You Should Hire a Traffic Lawyer Even in a Tough Court

In this episode of The Ultimate Traffic Lawyer Podcast I talk why it’s important to hire a traffic lawyer even if you know the court is a tough one to beat a speeding ticket in. Last week we helped someone with a traffic ticket in a court that is notoriously tough (at least notoriously tough […]
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3 Times You Don’t Need a Seattle Traffic Attorney

In this episode of The Ultimate Traffic Lawyer Podcast I talk 3 times you don’t need a Seattle traffic attorney you help you with your case. I saw someone post on Facebook the other day, a fellow traffic attorney, talking about a ticket they’d gotten dismissed for a client. I was happy for the guy […]
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