What to Say in Traffic Court

Being issued a traffic ticket doesn’t necessarily mean that you are guilty. If you are considering fighting the ticket in traffic court you should know exactly what should be said to the judge to fight your ticket. If you have been issued a traffic ticket you should respond to the ticket by the deadline on the back of the ticket. This means that you must enter a plea to the court by the date on the ticket. If the plea is not entered by that time the motorist runs the risk of having their license suspended or revoked and a traffic warrant will be issued for your arrest. When responding to the ticket the motorist can plead not guilty or can send in the payment for the traffic fine, which means they are pleading guilty to the offense.

Pleading Not Guilty

If a motorist does plead not guilty, they should then consult a traffic lawyer about their case. When in traffic court make sure that the prosecutor trying the case has all of your information correct. For instance, make sure your name, the speed you were driving, the date and time of the incident and location of the incident are in line with the information that was written on the ticket issued to the motorist at the time of the traffic stop. Also, if the officer is present at your court date you should ask how the officer clocked the speed of the car if the ticket was for a speeding violation. Also, ask if the radar device has been tested recently and if the police department has any test/performance logs on record for their radar devices. The defendant can also inquire about the training of the officer and when it took place. For an officer to use a radar gun, they must first be trained by a qualified superior, and the training must have taken place prior to the issuing of the speeding ticket. A judge cannot find a motorist guilty of speeding if the officer cannot claim that the driver in question sped by a 30 MPH speed sign while doing 50 MPH. If the driver did not pass a speed limit sign notifying them of the speed in the area in question, the ticket may not hold up in traffic court.

What Not to Say

When in traffic court, never say to the judge that the officer that issued the ticket was wrong or that he or she did not properly perform their job duties. Also, do not start bad mouthing the officer that pulled you over and issued you the ticket, because the officer might be in the court at the time of the court date. Always be respectful to the judge, to the officer that issued you the ticket, to any other officers in the court, to any other employees of the court, and to the lawyer representing you as well.

If you need more information, consult with a Traffic Violations Lawyer, they will be able to walk you through the entire process and answer all your questions.