How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket
I've previously written about how to avoid a speeding ticket
by choosing the best lane to use on a multi-lane highway (certain
lanes are targeted by police when using radar). I'll soon be
posting a four-step process for how to get out of a speeding
ticket once you are actually pulled over by an officer. Police
officers do have discretion, after all, and they don't always
give out that ticket. Of course, using a radar detector helps
But then there is a sneakier, somewhat subliminal technique
which can work without the officer knowing that you are manipulating
him or her. This one is only for those readers who feel confident
they can pull it off. Following that you'll also find a trick
for keeping a speeding ticket off your record for a while.
When You Are Pulled Over
First, you acknowledge that you were speeding, while hinting
at a reason without it sounding like an excuse. For example,
you might chuckle at yourself and tell the officer, "I guess
my speeding is going to make me even later for my son's basketball
game." Notice that you do not present an excuse in a way
that suggests you had good reason for going over the speed limit.
You also are not claiming that you were not speeding or did not
know you were. The police on the highways here those kinds of
excuses all week long. You just let the officer know you had
some reason for going a little too fast, without suggesting that
it means you should be let off. In other words, you let the cop
know he is right to pull you over even as you aim for sympathy.
Then--and this is the trickiest part--you use a subtle challenge
to his authority as a way to get him to let you go with a warning.
This can backfire if you don't get it right, but the basic idea
is to be very polite and nice while "wondering" aloud
if the officer actually has the authority to decide what to do.
This is what you might say:
"I knew I was going too fast, and I deserve that ticket.
Maybe you don't really have any choice in the matter, but is
there any way you are able to let me off with a warning?"
The key is to suggest he can't decide to let you go ("Maybe
you don't really have any choice..."), so he'll feel compelled
to prove he does have that authority. This challenge to his authority
has to be subtle enough not to be recognized as such or it will
just irritate the police officer. It will irritate him subconsciously
anyhow--that's the point--but if combined with a pleasant demeanor
this can work before he realizes that he has been played (if
he ever does realize).
Keep a Ticket Off Your Record
What if you don't get out of that speeding ticket? In the
"More Secrets" section of "You Aren't Supposed
to Know" I also describe a technique for keeping a ticket
off your record. It does not work in all jurisdictions, but (from
what I have read) has worked successfully in some states. You'll
have to get the Secrets Package to read about that one. Meanwhile,
here are two more tricks I have recently researched online for
getting out of a speeding ticket after you get one, or for keeping
it off your record.
One woman decided to contest her citation, and so had to make
a pretrial appearance at the courthouse. The prosecuting attorney,
who had looked at her spotless driving record, cut the fine in
half and arranged it so no points would be put on her license.
That kept her insurance rate from rising. Note that this was
in part because she did not have any black marks on her record.
Also, when these deals are made the court sometimes requires
that you take a safe driving class (she didn't have to). In any
case, the lesson is clear: contest that ticket to see if you
are offered a better deal.
Another trick is to delay paying the fine. One man noticed
a box on his speeding ticket which he could check if he wanted
a written report about the citation. He checked the box and because
the court did not send out a report within the legally-mandated
30-day deadline, the case was dismissed. Others have suggested
that you might get out of a speeding ticket by finding a legal
way to postpone your required court appearance, under the assumption
(or hope) that the ticketing officer will forget about the case
and not bother to show up for the appearance later, resulting
in a dropped case. If nothing else, delay tactics can mean delaying
higher insurance bills. You might also use that time to pay your
policy up a year in advance, since some insurance companies only
raise the rates at the time of renewal.
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