How to Fight Speeding Tickets in California
Speeding tickets are the most common type of traffic ticket issued in California, for an obvious reason; we all speed! Sure, some of us speed more frequently than others, but we’d have as much trouble finding a driver who has never disobeyed the speed limit at least once as finding a driver is who is contempt with a $4.59 gallon of gasoline. Speeding tickets are big revenue generators for municipalities, bringing in tens of millions of dollars in fines each and every year. Most people don’t know their options and throw in the towel and pay their $200-$500 fine and the associated insurance premium increases for the next three years. Here at TicketKick, we help our drivers contest their speeding tickets. How do we do it? Simple, really. Remember, in the American legal system, a defendant (you) is innocent until proven guilty. So for those of you who flew past that CHP Officer last Tuesday at 100 miles-per-hour and are losing sleep about the impending consequences - Relax! The officer’s job of proving your guilt is harder than you proving your innocence. But you probably should still slow down a little bit :P. If he measured your speed using an electronic device, he’s got to prove that it was working correctly and was able to accurately measure your speed. Most people assume that these devices are fool-proof, but they reality is that they do malfunction, or can be improperly operated. Was the officer using the device in foggy conditions? Was he aiming the radar or laser device through a window? Was he using a hand-held device, or a cruiser-mounted unit? TicketKick helps you document your case in a well thought out and professional manner. If he measured your speed with the speedometer on his cruiser, otherwise known as “pacing”, we’ve got you covered. Speedometers can be off, and require frequent calibration to stay accurate. A typical police cruiser has thousands of miles, and over time, the speedometer can lose it’s consistency. Therefore, “pacing” might not be good enough to measure your speed. If you were speeding on street other than a freeway or two-lane highway, here’s where it gets even better. Loophole, anyone? If the officer used a laser or radar gun to measure your speed, he has to produce a certain, not-easily-obtainable document to the courts, otherwise, by law, your case has to be dismissed! In this context, dismissed is, of course, a good thing, synonymous with “not guilty” or “thrown out.” A significant portion of officers don’t have the time or resources to obtain the document and don’t submit it with their forms. Even if you were driving your 1984 Winnebego ninety miles per hour with a Leprechaun sitting shotgun, the judge really has no choice but to dismiss your case. When you get pulled over in, let’s say a 35 MPH zone, and are cited for speeding, do you actually know what you are being cited for? Most people would say, “I was cited for traveling over 35 miles per hour”, or something to that effect. However, this a common misconception. In California, all drivers adhere to the Basic Speed Law, which states that a driver needs to drive at a “safe and reasonable speed.” Is 90 in a 35 safe and reasonable? Probably not. However, 45 in a 35 on a clear, sunny morning with minimal traffic? Bingo! Now we have a compelling argument. Let TicketKick help you prepare your defense so that the judge can see that your speed was safe and reasonable, and ultimately find you not guilty. Get started now by visiting our Speeding Form, or calling a friendly TicketKick representative at (800) 580-1902. If you have questions, be sure to check out our FAQ's page, or our "How It Works" page.