- Demonstrate Compliance. When you are pulled over, show your respect for the officer by turning off the motor and keeping your hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel. This demonstrates your complete compliance. Whatever the situation, do not get out of the car for any reason. When the officer approaches your car, the best thing is to do as he asks you, by giving your license and registration information.
- Don’t Admit Guilt. While the officer may have caught you speeding, there is no reason to admit any guilt as this could be used against you in court.
- Don’t Defend Yourself. This is not the time to ask the officer to give you mercy or to begin crying. The best policy is to draw as little attention to yourself as possible. Feel free to respectfully ask to see the radar gun, and even where the officer was located when he clocked your speed. Save your defense arguments for your court hearing.
- Postpone Your Court Hearing. The worst thing you can do when trying to avoid a traffic ticket is to simply miss your court hearing. This could result in more penalties and fines. By requesting your court hearing to be moved to later date, you have a better chance of having the officer miss the court hearing, which is an automatic canceled ticket.
- Make Contact. Before the court appearance, take the time to call or write the officer who issued the ticket. Respectfully explain that you are willing to have an alternative punishment for the speeding ticket and wonder if he would be willing to discuss the alternatives with you. Most people don’t consider this as an option, but approaching an officer in this way may result in getting that ticket reversed.
- Court Hearing. You have done all you can to ask for an alternative to the ticket, and all you can do now is hope that the impressions you made on the officer have paid off. Remember to approach the court with respect, kindness, and a calm attitude. State your case and hope for the best.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Do You Know How To Get Out of a Speeding Ticket in New Jersey?
Eric Aretsky has been practicing law in Bergen County since 1991. After earning his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 1990, Mr. Aretsky served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Conrad W. Krafte (Retired)
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