Traffic Ticket Defense: Defective Ticket

It doesn’t mean that you have committed a violation every time an officer gives you a traffic ticket or sticks one on your windshield; this is where a traffic ticket defense comes in to play. There is a possibility for the ticket to be defective. One of the most important things to remember when you are confronted by a police officer for a traffic violation is to remain calm. Try not to say much except for asking the officer why you were stopped. Give the officer all the information he or she requests. Make an attempt to explain the circumstance and convince the officer not to issue a ticket but this may not work. If the officer doesn’t agree, there are other ways in which you can defend yourself.

Defective Ticket in Detail

One of the most common ways in which people defend themselves is by proving the ticket is defective. Once proved defective, the charges against you will be dismissed. Here are a few things you should look for:

  • Check if the registration expiration date is properly listed in the ticket. Check if the day, month, and year are listed correctly.
  • The next set of facts to be checked is the state of registration, plate number, vehicle make, plate type, and body.
  • Check if along with the date and time “AM/PM” is specified correctly.
  • Scrutinize the ticket, see if the box allotted for location of the incident “Opposite of/front of” is checked since only the meter number and address have to be mentioned without checking the location box for a parking violation.
  • Check to see if the category of violation is listed properly, and with adequate information for your awareness.
  • In case the officer has confirmed your case, read if your name along with address is listed above the ticket properly.

The Traffic Violations Unit

If any of the above facts have not been listed properly or not written legibly you could plead not guilty by writing the same on the back of ticket and send a certified mail return receipt to the concerned authority in the department’s Traffic Violations Unit. The address will be given on the back of the ticket. The traffic violation unit will contact you within 45 days. If the ticket is not dismissed, you will be intimated about the hearing of your case.

Your Odds Could Increase

For representing your case, it’s highly recommended that you take the assistance of an experienced lawyer who can guide you at every step of your case. You should contact this person well in advance before any court date. In addition, you could hire this lawyer before you even submit the ticket to the Traffic Violations Unit. They may have some strategic advice for you and write what needs to occur on the reverse side of that ticket.  

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