I have never been one of those people who runs with the wrong crowd, but about six months ago, I knew that I was in trouble. I was with someone when she did something against the law, and it made me a suspected accomplice. I knew that I needed help to prove my innocence regarding the involvement, so I started going through and talking with different criminal attorneys. I was able to find a great lawyer that really understood my position, and he did everything possible to prove my innocence. This blog is all about proving your innocence in court, so that you can move on with your life.
Sometimes, the day can go very badly, very quickly. You're late for work and the speed limit drops from 55 to 35 in a matter of feet. Before you know it, red and blue lights flash in your rear-view – you know in that instant that you're not only going to be late for work, but you're also going to have a hefty fine to pay – a bad day, indeed.
What can you do to beat that ticket? Your behavior during the traffic stop, the minutes that follow and even the appearance in front of the magistrate will determine how badly this traffic stop will impact your future – not just your day.
When You See the Lights
The second you see the police lights flash in your mirror, turn on your turn signal, slow down and pull off of the road somewhere safe. The officer will follow you to a safe location if you make it known that you are pulling over. You have to think about both your personal safety and the officer's safety during the traffic stop.
When the Officer Comes to Your Window
The worst thing for you to do when the officer is approaching your window is to be digging through your car looking for the information that you know that he'll request. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and wait until the officer requests that information. If it's dark, turn on the dome light.
Being a police officer is scary when they don't know exactly what they are walking up to during a traffic stop. Showing the officer that you're not a threat in any way will help him to relax and will get you through the stop much faster and easier.
Don't admit to speeding when the officer is talking to you. Keep your conversation limited to answering the questions that the officer asks. If you come out and tell the officer that you know you were speeding, he could use that in court if you decide to fight the ticket.
Following the Traffic Stop
Now, what you do after the traffic stop can help you fight the ticket. Pull over at a safe location and write down exactly what happened. Note your behavior, as well as the officer's behavior.
Drive the route again with a camera. Look for the speed limit sign that is meant to alert you of the speed you are to travel on that road. If it is obstructed in any way, the paint has faded or it's not there, your lawyer could use that information to get you out of that ticket.
Talk with a traffic attorney or law firm like Law Office of Rex M. Pietrobono to learn more about how to fight the speeding ticket you received during your very bad day.Share