Everything You Need To Know About Fighting A Traffic Ticket

September 16, 2015

Getting a Los Angeles traffic ticket can be a nightmare; what with the high fines and other penalties like points on your license and the possibility of suspension; you may even find that your insurance premiums go up. But you don’t have to make the city’s or county’s work easy for them by paying up or pleading guilty.

You have every right to fight the ticket in court; after all you have the right to the presumption of innocence. If you’re not sure how to go about it, you may engage the services of a Los Angeles traffic ticket attorney who will represent you in the court. An experienced attorney will not be intimidated by the evidence provided by the police officers, or the prosecutors, and will be easily able to find loopholes in the case against you.

This is what you can do in court:

  • Challenge the Officer’s Subjectivity: Often, cops use their judgement to decide if you have violated the law. You can easily challenge this by arguing that the officer’s vision was partially or fully obstructed at the time or was busy with another task and so on.
  • Challenge the cop’s observation: Usually the cop has an advantage as officers are called upon to make an objective judgement. However you can use witness statements, diagrams and/or photos to show the location of your vehicle, the officer, the signal or stop sign, and so on, to prove your innocence.
  • Argue Mistake of Fact: You can always argue that the sign was obscured by a fallen tree, or that the pedestrian cross walk markers had faded and were not clearly visible, and that is why you committed the infraction. Judges often give due consideration to these statements before passing judgement.
  • Legally Justified conduct: You can argue that the circumstances forced you to commit the infraction, for example,  you had sudden chest pain or loss of vision and so increased speed to reach medical help.
  • Avoiding Harm: You can also argue that you had to speed to get out of the way of another dangerously swerving or speeding vehicle, and to safety. Often you have to take evasive action to protect yourself or others.

However, the law is complex and it’s not very easy to do this arguing yourself. Hiring a speeding ticket lawyer would be your best chance to beat a traffic ticket.

At the Ticket Clinic in Los Angeles, we have the most efficient lawyers who may effectively fight your ticket in court. Call us at 1800-248-2846 today to know more!