- Jun 19, 2009
Beware of speeding ticket myths
You've all heard this one: "the officer won't show up in court if you fight it." According to Flusche, that's flat-out wrong in most cases. In fact, some municipalities pay police overtime for court time, making it that much more enticing to show up, and as Flusche points out, it's the officer's job to show up.
Another common myth is that you can simply plead to the judge that you were going with the flow of traffic. That's the traffic infraction equivalent of "the other kids were doing it." That didn't fly with your parents, and it won't fly with the judge.
The third myth Fusche brings up is the argument that the radar system was poorly calibrated. To successfully argue this point in court, Fusche says that you must first obtain evidence that the equipment is faulty. You can request calibration dates and data, and you can research the information online, but the burden of proof is on you. Without the evidence, the judge will rightfully side with the guys and gals in blue.
[Source: Dumb Little Man via Life Hacker | Image Source: Ramzi Haidarr/Getty/AFP]