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Speeding Tickets & Traffic Citations Discussion of appropriate procedures and guidelines to successfully fighting speeding tickets and related traffic citations.

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Old 2009-09-09
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Default Speed traps, can I win?

Hi there, I am a newbie on this but I could really use some advice. I recently rec'd a speeding ticket for going 50 in a 35. But I was past the sign for 35 mph, it was still down the road about 100 feet. I was in fact in the zone that was posted 45 mph so I really was speeding a bit. But the cop wrote the ticket out for the 35 mph zone. He did site the spot of the stop on the ticket itself and it really is before the 35 mph zone. Can I beat this ticket if I take pictures of the sign and the location of the stop?
If I can beat it, what should I bring in the courtroom with me?
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Default Not sure I understand you

I'm not sure I understand the situation. As I am reading it I understand the situation to be the following:

You were traveling at 50mph in a 45mph zone approaching a 35mph sign. You passed a police speed trap at 50mph before reaching the 35mph sign but were pulled over within the 35mph zone. You were cited at 50mph in a 35mph zone. You want to know what you can do to defend yourself in court.

is this correct?

If the location written on the ticket is before the 35mph zone then all you need to do is go back to the location you were pulled over, cite the mile marker nearest the location you were "tagged" with radar (where you passed the cop) and the mile marker nearest the 35mph zone. You'll need to get the judge's agreement that it is before the 35mph zone. In my experience your ticket will probably be reduced or corrected to what it should be (5mph over or failure to obey traffic control device depending on your state) and you'll still have to pay something but you may have better luck than I have had in the past.

hope this helps
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