Q: Can I fight a speeding ticket over 30? They didn’t get me with a radar gun or anything
A: It's not usually worth your time to fight a speeding ticket (e.g., have a trial) - and they don't have to have a radar gun to find you guilty of speeding over 30mph over the speed limit. Judges will rely on the officer's training and experience to determine how fast you were driving.
Best thing to do is to contact an experienced traffic attorney in the county where you were charged to review your ticket, driving record, and use their knowledge of the county's policies to get you the best reduction possible.
A: You can fight any type of criminal offense, which at that speed, is likely the case. But just because you CAN fight something, doesn't mean you should fight something.
That's especially true in Charlotte, as we may have options available. A lot depends on the prior record and the circumstances behind getting the ticket in the first place.
We (lawyers) would want to ask a bunch of questions like:
1. Do you have any prior tickets in the last three years?
2. Have you had any prior "at fault" wrecks in the last three years?
3. Are you on anyone else's insurance or is anyone else on your insurance?
4. Has anyone else on your or their insurance policy had any wrecks or tickets in the last three years?
5. Has anyone gone to driving school in the last five years? three years? 12 months?
There are reasons for all those questions, but is basically boils down to insurance points and the costs associated with getting a ticket that big.
Of course, it wouldn't be smart to consider the fact that there might be other issues to address, like the possibility of a suspended license. DMV may have something to say about that speed, if convicted. Indeed, DMV may still have something to say if it's reduced to a lower speed, but still violates their internal protocols.
Best bet: Talk to an attorney and get some legal advice. The consult would normally be both free and confidential.
GREAT question. Thanks for asking!
Charlotte Criminal & Traffic Defense
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