But it’s something you’ve got to do to avoid that mark on your record and the high insurance costs that will surely follow.
If you’ve never gotten a speeding ticket before or it’s been a while, you might not know what you’re supposed to do to have the best chance of beating your ticket.
Don’t worry, we’ve got all the information you need right here.
1. Mark Your Calendar
You only have 15 days to contest your ticket. If you wait longer than that you lose automatically.
By the way, if you did forget to contest your ticket within 15 days call us and we can probably help you out. It requires us filing some paperwork with the court, but we’ve done it before and we’ll do it again.
2. Check the Third Box
If you look at your ticket toward the bottom you will see three boxes. Box 1 says:
I have enclosed a check or money order, in U.S. funds, for the amount listed. I understand this will go on my driving record if “traffic” is checked. DO NOT SEND CASH. NSF checks will be treated as failure to respond.
As you might guess, that’s the last thing you want to do.
Box 2 says:
Mitigation Hearing: I agree I have committed the infraction(s) but I want a hearing to explain the circumstances. Please send me a court date and I promise to appear on that date. I know I can ask witnesses to appear but they are not required to appear. I understand this will go on my driving record if “traffic” is checked. The court may allow time payments or reduce the penalty where allowed by law.
This option is no good either. It’s basically the same as checking the first box, except now you have to go into court and grovel and ask them to reduce the fine. You can read more about that here.
Box 3 says:
Contested Hearing: I want to contest (challenge) this infraction. I did not commit the infraction. Please send me a court date and I promise to appear on that date. The state must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that I committed the infraction. I know I can require (subpoena) witnesses, including the officer who wrote the ticket to attend the hearing. The court will tell me how to request a witness’s appearance. I understand this will go on my driving record if “traffic” is checked.
This is the box you want to check. You are telling the court you’re not going down without a fight.
3. Request Discovery
There is more to your speeding ticket than the information that you were given. The cop also writes a report about the incident after the fact. Ask for this information from the prosecutor’s office if you want to see it (and you do).
4. Prepare for Court
After you send in your ticket you will be given a court date. Before your court date you need to prepare for what you are going to say.
What is your argument going to be?
What laws will you rely on?
Where are the mistakes with the ticket?
These are just a few of the questions you should be researching.
5. The Contested Hearing
On the court date you were given you go in, make your arguments, and see what happens. If you lose, you’re on the hook for the ticket. If you win, you walk away scot-free.
Need Help with a Speeding Ticket?
We are the very best speeding ticket lawyers in Seattle because we take the time to learn the rules, learn where officers make mistakes, and learn how to take advantage of those mistakes.
But it’s not just that. We also truly care about our clients. We want to win for you. That’s why we’re here. We take the burden off of you and put it on ourselves.
If you want help with your speeding ticket or other traffic ticket, call us today – 206.973.0407.
Christopher Small is the co-owner of Emerald City Law Group Inc. and one hell of a traffic ticket lawyer. He can’t wait to show you what he can do.