If you are going to fight your speeding ticket rather than paying it off, you will want to know the common reasons why speeding tickets are dismissed. Then, you'll know what you and your speeding ticket attorney are aiming for when trying to dismiss your ticket. Surprisingly, faulty information is one of the most common reasons why a speeding ticket is dismissed.
Mistakes Made By the Police Officer
Police officers will sometimes make mistakes that can be used to have your case dismissed. For example, there might be incorrect information on the ticket. The testimony might be inconsistent or important information might be omitted. However, if you write down everything the officer says, you can compare this to what is written in the ticket and compare the inconsistencies.
Surprisingly, basic information can lead to your ticket being dismissed if the officer makes mistakes. For example, if the officer writes down the wrong date or the wrong name, this can be the grounds for your ticket to be dismissed. However, this is ultimately based on what the judge decides.
The Officer Doesn't Show Up
In some cases, the arresting officer might simply not show up. If this is the case, you may be able to have your ticket dismissed because you have the right to confront your accuser in court. However, this might also be based on how many times the officer does not show up. In many cases, the officer is the only witness of the infraction, and your ticket will be dismissed when the key witness is not available.
If you want to increase the odds that the officer will not show up, you can try to delay the hearing. However, you will want to speak with your attorney about good reasons for why you may be able to have your hearing extended. Also, by delaying your hearing, you may be able to delay when you will need to pay your ticket if it is not dismissed.
Tickets That Don't Involve Police Officers
In some cases, the only witness is a camera that spotted you as you were committing a traffic infraction. However, if you are able to prove that you were not in the location where you are accused to have been committing the traffic infraction, you may be able to use this as evidence to have your speeding ticket dismissed. Even if you think your speeding ticket is not very expensive, you won't want the infraction on your record.
For more information about working with a speeding ticket attorney, contact a local law office.