Morrison, Colorado has a reputation for being a speed trap. Nonetheless, despite its well known reputation, it’s a fair guess that the majority of its revenue still comes from traffic violations. Most smaller municipalities are highly dependent on traffic ticket income. It’s the way it is in America from Buffalo tow trucks to rescue services in Maine, emergency response service companies stretched across the northern part of the United States have a more challenging time battling winter driving conditions. If you haven’t caught on to this by now, then you need to get out more.
This morning while driving up North Turkey Creek Canyon in Morrison, I passed a limousine that had been pulled over, presumably for speeding. The passengers, undoubtedly not pleased, and the driver may lose his job. Life on the road. Supposedly there is no discrimination, and you rarely see a limo pulled over. However, being a professional driver he should know his stuff, and understand that he if he fights his case, he’s likely to walk with the ticket getting dismissed or at the least a reduction in fine and points. There are ways to get that ticket thrown out. The odds of getting the ticket dismissed are in the favor of the driver.
Just because you’ve received a ticket doesn’t mean you are automatically guilty. Here are 6 things to know when dealing with Traffic Court.
1. When possible do not send a fine in by mail – for any traffic violation that will give you points. If you have a choice to mail in a fine, or show up in Court, it’s a must to show up in person. By fighting for your cause in person, the Court will see you have a sincere interest in respecting the Law. Mailing in a fine for any traffic offense automatically puts the guilt on you. Points are levied without contest.
2. Be prepared with the right questions. Write them out beforehand so you don’t miss anything. It would be easy to forget important points without notes, since it’s only natural to have a little case of nerves.
3. Attack the evidence, not the police officer. There are small procedures that are often overlooked when a ticket is given. Some officers forget to fill in a blank or wrongly date a ticket, or mistakenly put down misinformation. All of these minor things can get a ticket dismissed.
4. You have more to lose than just money. If you are proven guilty your insurance premiums will take a hit. Over a period of years, until the offense is rendered null and void, the surcharge on your insurance could add up to hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
5. You could lose your job. Making this a substantial point to the Judge is key. Loosing your job depends on the type of work you do, but if it involves a motor vehicle you could be in trouble. Also consider when looking for future employment. If a position requires you to drive a vehicle your chances of landing the position could be in doubt. Potential employers will do a background check and if your record shows – especially, a moving violation, don’t even bother to apply. You would be seen as a liability.
6. Be prepared and have a professional attitude. You can’t count on a dismissal, but by being prepared, you are at the least, likely to get a reduced fine and points.
There are a number of coaching resources to draw from on how to get traffic offenses dismissed, but stay real. Just don’t drive irresponsibly. Even having the best legal counsel doesn’t justify putting anyone in harms ways.
Stay safe out there. Leave a comment below.