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Strategies for challenging traffic citations


It may be possible to defend against traffic offenses which is an option that it can be helpful to be familiar with. Traffic tickets, such as speeding and other traffic offenses, can be costly in different ways including fines and points that can impact insurance. As a result, different strategies can help fight traffic tickets and it can be helpful to be familiar with what they are.

To begin with, it may be possible to challenge the police officer's personal opinion used as the basis of the citation. A citation for making an unsafe turn or driving unsafely down the roadway, for example, may be based on the police officer's subjective determination that the traffic violation was committed. It may be possible to challenge the personal opinion of the police officer that forms the basis of the citation.

Alternately, it may be possible to challenge the evidence presented by a police officer concerning other types of citations such as running a stop sign or making an illegal U-turn. In those circumstances, it may be possible to utilize eyewitness statements from passengers, diagrams and photographs to challenge the evidence being offered by police officers. It may also be possible to challenge the traffic ticket arguing that it was a mistake, referred to as a mistake of fact, or that the driving was justified or necessary to prevent harm.

Defending against a traffic offense can be complex, though it may not initially seem like it, which is why it can be helpful to have trained guidance to help when the party who has been ticketed wants to challenge the citation they have received. Traffic citations may sometimes seem insignificant but can also be costly which is why recipients may wish to challenge them and should be familiar with how to do so.

Source: Traffic.findlaw.com, "How to Fight Traffic Tickets, Five Strategies that Work," Accessed Sept. 20, 2017

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