How to Properly Defend Yourself in Traffic Court

Here's How to Defend Yourself if You Attend Traffic Court

If you’ve ever received a traffic ticket or citation, you might be confused as to what to do next, especially if this is your first one. Whether you were caught speeding, running a red light or stop sign, or some other traffic violation, you’ll have to deal with your citation. Fortunately, consequences for a traffic ticket aren’t horrible, and they usually can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. It does, however require some of your time, and sometimes you’ll have to pay an expensive fine or have your insurance rates increase.

Most of time (depending on the cost of your ticket), you’ll just want to pay your ticket and move on. However, sometimes you might decide to fight the ticket depending on the circumstances. Contesting your traffic ticket can require an investment of time and money, but if you’re able to hire a good attorney, you’ll have a good chance of beating the ticket and reducing your fines. There are two ways to win your case: the traffic court judge can find you not guilty after the trial, or the officer might not show up to court. If you’re in a situation where you want or need to actually dispute your citation, you’ll have to show up to court at least once, which will mean missing work or school.

What is the Best Way to Fight My Ticket in Court?

The best way to defend yourself in traffic court is to know the specific words of the law that you’re charged under. Sometimes, the cop who wrote your ticket might not know the exact wording of the law, so it will help your case tremendously to know the exact elements of the offense you’re charged with committing. Depending on your circumstance, you’ll be able to foolproof evidence that you didn’t violate one or all elements of a specific traffic law. If you can’t challenge the law your charged with breaking, you can still attempt to open up a defense and ask questions. Try questioning things such as: the officer’s view could have been blocked by vehicles or buildings, the officer should have stopped another or other car(s), or there might not be an actual provable error in the officer’s approach.

If you’re stopped for a traffic violation in New Jersey, you might want to fight the violation in court. David Gelman understands how the criminal justice system works, and he can defend you in court against your citation. Contact our office today for a free consultation.