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The Best Ways To Get Out Of A Ticket

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Aug 21, 2017 2:49 PM

When we put our foot to the gas pedal a little harder than what we should, we're technically breaking the law. What you see on the signs is usually the maximum we can drive on that road without seeing some following flashing red lights. In many cases, however, what you see on the sign gets treated as the baseline speed. Most people will drive five to 10 miles over the speed limit, but at the same time, almost everyone gets pulled over at one point or another. Question is, how can you get out of a ticket after a cop pulls you over?

Always Be Polite

It can be all too easy to forget how cops have a human side to them. When you act calm and secure, a cop has a higher likelihood of letting you go. To understand this a little better, we have to look at the nature of police work. Cops get killed every day just from a routine traffic stop, so if they sound a little tense when they first pull you over, you should remain calm. As soon as you notice the flashing lights, you should pull off to the side of the road. Don't rifle through the glove compartment and keep your hands out in the open. Cops understand how to read body language to understand if you have plans of retreating off into the woods. Police like when the situation remains calm because it makes their job easier.

Claim You Need to Go to a Life Changing Event

Some of the acceptable circumstances include having a baby or serving as the best man at a wedding. You might also say you have a brother you want to say goodbye to before he heads off to join the Marines. Before you take this approach, however, you should have an idea of where you plan on taking the story if it were the truth. In one case, a Tomas Lopez got a free ride to the hospital in a cop car because his wife was "pregnant." These things could also all theoretically be happening at a residence where the police office will need a warrant. All the details should be relevant, and if your brother is only 14, you shouldn't use the Marine story. 

Speedometer Broken

One of the oldest tricks in the book is to claim your speedometer broke. For example, you might say you thought you were only five miles over the speed limit. We recommend telling the story while admitting you were speeding a little will sound less like you're just trying to get out of a speeding ticket. However, don't make this claim if you're driving a newer car because the cop will be less likely to believe your story.

Use Expert Representation

Daniel Kron, a lawyer from NY Traffic Firm, says, "Self-representation can be a poor choice because you don't understand the ins and outs of traffic laws. Anyone who has been accused of a traffic violation should hire quality and expert representation." Someone who has fought in the court system will understand better what works and what doesn't. You also want a lawyer who has a firm grip of traffic laws and who can surf the waves of potential obstacles that might come up. 

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