How to Beat a Florida Speeding Ticket
In 2016, over 250,000 speeding tickets were issued in Florida. However, while the penalties for speeding in this State are high, speeding tickets are frequently beat in court when properly challenged.
At TicketFit, our traffic ticket lawyer fights speeding tickets all the time, and the number one question he gets asked is: “How to beat a Florida Speeding Ticket?”
Don’t Be Memorable
Beating your Florida speeding ticket begins the moment you are pulled over. This is not the time to argue; keep your mouth shut, be respectful, and follow instructions.
I know it isn’t fun to be pulled over. Getting stopped by the police can be intimidating and stressful; it can stir all sorts of emotions, especially negative ones, but whatever you do, don’t show it!
Many speeding tickets are beat in court because the officer can’t remember the details of the initial stop, so don’t stand out.
When you are issued a speeding ticket you have three options: pay the fine on the ticket, attend traffic school, or contest it. In addition, some “ticket apps” promise to beat your ticket if you pay them a reduced fee.
However, the ONLY way you have a chance of beating your speeding ticket is by fighting it in court or having a licensed attorney fight it for you.
Remember, “beating” your speeding ticket means having your ticket DISMISSED, not paying a reduced fine.
There is a misconception that the only way to beat a speeding ticket is if the officer doesn’t show up for court. While it is true that this can get your ticket dismissed, it is not the only way to beat a speeding ticket. If that was the case, why hire an attorney or worry about preparing a defense? Just walk into court with your eyes closed and hope for the best!
In Florida, you have at least two chances to beat your speeding ticket, at your pre-trial hearing or at your trial, and while the officer does not attend pre-trial, many speeding tickets get dropped at this hearing. Why do you think that is? PREPARATION!
A good speeding ticket attorney, such as TicketFit, will review your speeding ticket in detail, looking for errors or omissions on the ticket; a wrong statue, incorrect driver license, or other issue can result in a dismissal at pre-trial.
So do your research! How many miles over the limit did the officer allege you were speeding? Does this correspond to the correct Florida statute? Did the officer specify a speed measuring device?
Any discrepancies need to be brought to the attention of the judge at your pre-trial hearing and can result in getting your case dismissed.
If you cannot get your speeding ticket dismissed at pre-trail, read on.
Don’t Accept Deals
As previously stated, most counties in Florida give you two chances to beat your speeding, at pre-trial or at trial.
This is where a good speeding ticket lawyer, such as TicketFit, comes in handy. An attorney that is looking out for your interest will attend as many hearings as necessary to increase your chases of a dismissal, so do the same if you are representing yourself.
If you cannot get your speeding ticket dismissed at pre-trial, don’t accept any offers from the judge and respectfully request a trial. Although accepting traffic school or a reduced fine at this point may seem like a good idea, your goal is dismissal.
While you wait for your trial date, continue preparing. One area to focus on is the Florida Statute section written on the ticket. This is the law the officer claims you violated, so research it and learn what the officer will need to establish at trial to justify your ticket.
For example, what if you had to temporarily speed to avoid a crash? Under Florida Statute 316.183, “no person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent” unless “as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, or other conveyance or object.”
So if this was the Statute the officer wrote down on your speeding ticket, the statute allows for changes in speed in certain situations!
Hire a Speeding Ticket Lawyer
While the tips above can certainly help you beat your Florida speeding ticket on your own, hiring an experienced speeding ticket attorney, such as TicketFit, is ideal. At TicketFit, our speeding ticket lawyer has challenged thousands of speeding tickets and has the skills necessary to find those errors at pre-trial, and if necessary, prepare a solid defense for trial.
In addition, we offer free consultations DIRECTLY with our attorney. Go ahead, call or text us now at (305) 775-3720 to discuss your case. Otherwise, good luck in court!