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Traffic Ticket Statistics

Are you one of the approximately 41 million people who receive a traffic ticket each year? Did you know that Pennsylvania is ranked #2 in the number of tickets issued among all 50 states?

Only about 5% of speeding tickets are actually contested. Out of the speeding tickets that are contested: half are dismissed and the remaining half usually enjoy a reduced fine or other plea bargain that is less than the original fine amount. Since you are reading this you may want to join the small and silent minority who hire a traffic ticket lawyer and successfully fight a ticket this year.

A recent survey of attorneys specializing in traffic tickets showed that 60%to 70% of contested cases were won. Of that amount, a very large portion were won by the defense attorney’s capability to pick apart the prosecutors ability to prove the charges.

It is important to remember that traffic laws and codes differ from state to state and are constantly changing. The information in this Guide is intended as basic strategies and tactics. Consider this Guide as your game plan, but you still need to speak directly with a traffic ticket attorney. This Guide is NOT LEGAL ADVICE.

When the officer approaches your vehicle he will likely ask you one of two standard questions:

Do you know why I stopped you?

Your response is, “No officer, I don’t.”

Do you know how fast you were going?

You have three levels of response:

  1. “I’m not really sure.”
  2. “The speed limit, I think.”
  3. “I wasn’t speeding and I checked my speedometer right before you stopped me.”

The key element here is not to admit anything. You have a right to remain silent but the officer isn’t required to advise you of this right at that point. Do not respond by saying, “Well I think I was doing about 73 when you know you are in a 55 mph speed limit.

The officer that pulled you over doesn’t know you; they have a dangerous job and generally deserve your respect. When the officer asks for your license, registration and proof of insurance tell him where they are located and ask to get them before reaching for anything. This way the officer isn’t worried about you reaching in for weapon while he is writing your citation.

In the event that an officer request to search your vehicle search and he doesn’t have any probable cause. Under no circumstances agree to this search. If he threatens to get a search warrant, politely tell him to go ahead and get one. The crucial element here is probable cause. The officer must have probable cause prior to the search. If your vehicle has smoke pouring, he will search without asking. The same is true if you have alcohol on your breath. In either of these cases you have some other serious issues that you are about to come face to face with other than your speeding ticket.

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