There are often several defenses that you can throw at a police officer when youre trying to escape a speeding ticket, such as youre trying to get to the hospital because youre having a baby, but other than that there are very few that work. The same is true for judges in speeding ticket court. Here are a few that you might as well not even consider trying when youre trying to escape a speeding ticket.
You claim you didnt know the law. It sounds good, but the judge will say, Sorry, ignorance is not an excuse. Now, if the speeding limit sign were hidden by trees or bushes or something this may work, but it still doesnt give you the right to drive 80 miles per hour in a 50 miles per hour zone. If you dont know the speed limit, dont go faster than 55 just to be on the safe side. If you go any faster and really dont know the speed limit then youre like not going to be able to escape a speeding ticket.
The officer was lying. This defense is a hit below the belt for most people in a legal position. You are most likely not going to escape a speeding ticket with this one and the judge probably wont appreciate it. Youre really going to have to have some specifics to prove it if the defense is true as well.
You claim you didnt hurt anybody. Again, this ones not going to help you escape a speeding ticket. No matter how slow or nonexistent the traffic is and no matter what time it is, youre still required to follow the law. The fact that your conduct was illegal is enough to charge you. This may vary from state to state, however, as there are states that allow you to drive above the posted speed.
Somebody in your family was ill. This is another reason that wont help you to escape a speeding ticket. Most judges wont have a lot of compassion for a defense such as this and it should really only be used as a last resort. Now, there are some instances in which you can speed because of an emergency, but it better be a good one and you better tell the police officer when you are pulled over for speeding.
It was selective enforcement or the officer was picking on me. This is another one that wont fly. Selective enforcement is when the motorist claims that the officer ignored others who were speeding and decided to pull them over to be mean. The law does make it plain that you cant speed and if you were speeding and you got pulled over, well, you were speeding. To win with this defense you have to really be able to show that the police officer had a motive to pick on you.
So, as you can see there are several defenses that you shouldn’t even consider using to escape a speeding ticket. However, there are several that could be used if you have evidence and details to back up your position. Typically, youre going to better off showing that you didnt break all of the requirements of the law or that some other error was made when you were issued your speeding ticket.
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