When going to traffic court, a driver should prepare a viable defense beforehand. While simply showing up to the hearing and hoping a law enforcement officer does not arrive to testify has worked in a limited number of cases, the reality is that with a little more effort, a driver's chances of getting out of a traffic ticket increase exponentially. The following article outlines some legal defenses to traffic tickets in general.
In most traffic violations situations, conviction for the offense hinges on law enforcement officer testimony. Without this testimony, in most cases, a driver's citation will be dismissed, if he or she elects to dispute the matter. As mentioned above, this is the least affirmative and involved defense, but a few simple tactics may increase the likelihood of an officer not appearing. Changing courts dates as many times as possible, changing venues of court dates to locations furthest away from the citing officer's station, and scheduling court dates immediately before or after holidays are all tactics that may increase the chances of an officer not showing up to court.
Aside from the amateurish scheduling antics, a driver can prepare a viable defense by using the following methods in most traffic ticket cases:
In practice, the most reliable and effective manner of disputing a traffic ticket will be through the use of a traffic violations lawyer. In reality, most traffic ticket cases present numerous opportunities for disputing the citation, but will require the insight of a lawyer to discern these issues and promote the inaccuracies as grounds for dismissal in traffic court.