Written by Gregory Monte.
The “Traffic Ticket Nazis” should be happy in these trying times.
Traffic Ticket Nazi, noun: An individual who believes that tickets should be issued to all motorists for every minor traffic infraction.
1 mph over the limit? Ticket.
Failure to signal at a deserted intersection? Ticket.
Roll through a stop sign when no one is within 200 feet of the intersection? Ticket.
Air freshener “obstructing” the front window? Ticket.
It turns out that states are still issuing speeding tickets to drivers – although the total issuance is down because fewer people are on the roads. I imagine most states are following this protocol but I specifically read about California and Nevada doing so. Here is what one San Jose officer had to say:
“We are still out and making sure there is proper enforcement for people who are speeding, driving distracted, driving under the influence and we’re still providing a high level of safety and service”
But with most traffic courts closed because of corona virus fears, it might be a good time to enter a “not guilty” plea to those speeding tickets rather than just paying them outright. At least it will give you a temporary break and you can keep that hard-earned money in your pocket a bit longer. And when you eventually want to contest that ticket, check out my free resources below.
The Basic Speeding Ticket Defense
This is a 9 page review of the most basic way to beat a speeding ticket – even if you actually were speeding. This particular strategy will almost always work, but it does depend on one aspect of the circumstances surrounding your ticket. For the strategy to be effective, there must be an issue with the speed limit signs, themselves. It’s all about the need of states/localities to comply with their “Obedience to Traffic Control Devices” statutes.
Applying the Traffic Ticket Defense Method to Challenge a Citation.
This is a seven-page, detailed explanation of my three-step method for challenging any traffic ticket. I use the “Driving at a Safe Speed” statute from Pennsylvania to illustrate this method, but it can be applied to any other statute that you might be cited for in the vehicle code.
In addition, no matter what state you live in, the procedure is the same: you need to understand the statute you allegedly violated, look for technicalities in that statute and (most importantly) find case law to support/reveal those technicalities.
The Pennsylvania Stop Sign Defense Strategy in a Nutshell.
This is a one-page, eight-point summary of the strategy I discovered while researching ways of beating unfair stop sign tickets. It is specifically geared to Pennsylvania but can also be applied to most other states.
My Son’s Opening Trial Statement at the Court of Common Pleas.
This is an elegant, one-page, powerfully concise expression of my defense strategy.
The Brief – My Son’s Case Brief for the Court of Common Pleas
- An eighteen-page argument for why an illegal stop sign is not enforceable.
- Requested by the President Judge at Wayne County, PA, Court of Common Pleas.
- A highly distilled application of the Pennsylvania Stop Sign Ticket Defense.