It can be said with a high degree of certainty that one is ever excited to get a speeding ticket. In the state of New Jersey there are a variety of traffic citations you could receive for numerous reasons. Common infractions include parking violations, vehicle registration violations, equipment violation, and of course the ever present speeding violation, among many others. If you think you were wrongfully issued a speeding ticket or other type of traffic citation, you can fight the charges against you in court and hope to get them dismissed.
Fighting your New Jersey Speeding Ticket
The first thing you will want to do after you receive your speeding ticket is to speak with an attorney that deals with traffic law cases on a regular basis. You can defend yourself in court if you choose to but at least consulting with an attorney first is a good idea. The attorney can tell you whether or not you have a good case and advise you as to whether or not you should move forward with fighting your ticket.
You will also want to take a close look at the speeding ticket you received. There will be a court date on the back of the ticket as well as the issuing officer’s name along with the date and time when you received the ticket. Sometimes simply changing the date and time of your court date is enough to get you out of your ticket. If the officer who issued the ticket fails to appear in court at the right time, your ticket will probably be dismissed on the spot.
If your case does make it to court, however, you will want to be well prepared. You will not want to count on the officer not showing up; instead, ask for copies of the radar log before in advance of your actual trial date. If the radar log shows discrepancies of any kind, such as not matching the time and date of when your ticket was issued, you will have a good defense on your hands.
You can also ask the officer at the scene for a radar certification card. The card will show that the officer went through the proper training to operate the radar within the state of New Jersey. If the officer does not have this card, you have an even better chance at getting out of your ticket. Additionally you can request the maintenance records for the radar gun used to ascertain your speed; if the maintenance records show that the radar gun was improperly serviced, you may have another piece of evidence to support your side of the story. Keep an eye out for any little errors on the ticket as well. Something as simple as a spelling error is often enough to get the ticket dismissed altogether.
Make sure to evaluate the pros and cons of fighting your ticket before moving forward with the decision. Sometimes it is just as expensive to fight a ticket (or more so) than it is to pay it. However, you will have to also think about the points that are added to your license as well as other factors such as insurance rate hikes before making your decision.