One minute you’re cruising down the highway and the next minute you’re pulled over by a police cruiser. Since you are innocent until proven guilty, here are 9 steps as to how you may be able to beat that ticket.
1) When pulled over and asked if you know why you were pulled over, say “no”.
2) When the officer explains to you exactly what you were doing wrong, politely respond “I don’t believe that was the case.” * Do not admit anything. You are not obligated to do so.
3) Thank the officer for the ticket, go home and read the ticket thoroughly. Take note of the exact title of violation.
4) Mail the court pleading/ticket stating “NOT GUILTY” and request a supporting written deposition from the officer.
* At this point, a lot of people write a letter to the district attorney asking for a reduction or dismissal of the violation.
It is unlikely that you will secure a case dismissal from writing a letter to the district attorney. It may be in your best interest to simply go for a reduction. But, if you want to try to get it dismissed, which involves a small hearing called a “bench trial”, then continue reading.
5) If the officer fails to provide the court with a supporting deposition, your case will be dismissed. If, however, the officer does in fact provide a supporting deposition, there’s still plenty of hope.
6) Request the officer’s notes on your ticket. According to Nolo.com, “Make a specific written request for thedisclosure of all notes or documents relevant to the case and send it to the court you have been summoned to appear.
7) Look up the exact law you violated. This information should be on your ticket. Read each item included in that law to see if you did indeed violate all of the conditions or just some. If you can prove that you did not violate even just one part of that specific law, your case will be dismissed
8) When you receive the officer’s notes, look for weaknesses, inconsistencies or provable falsehoods. Write brief notesfor rebuttals to the officer’s notes, a description of the conditions where the supposed violation took place, and you’re description of the event. You are allowed to supplement the testimony you give, where you’ll be referencing the notes you prepared, with diagrams and photos of the location of the violation/conditions.
9) Show up to your court date a little early with your notes, looking spiffy, and being prepared to state your case. If the officer doesn’t show up to be “examined”, the prosecutor can not make a case and will most likely recommend that your case be dismissed! However, if the officer is there, it is common for them to only state their case from the notes they wrote on the accident. If you’ve prepared your notes against his, supported by diagrams and photos, and you respectfully show that there is some doubt pertaining your guilt, the judge will dismiss your case.