Getting a traffic ticket is one of the most unpleasant experiences in the world. Often times you will get a ticket from a new police officer who is twenty years younger than you and just trying to assert his superiority and power. Believe me, I know how frustrating this can be, particularly when you are being issued a citation that you genuinely do not deserve. Fortunately, in such cases, there is something you can do about it (assuming you live in the United States—I am not sure of the laws in other countries). In the United States you are able to fight your ticket, either by actually going in to court to confront the police officer who issued the ticket, or by mail. Many people are surprised to hear that they can dispute a traffic ticket by mail, but it is the reality.
It is important that people are made aware of their rights. Unfortunately, at this time, it seems that the United States court system does not share my view, because the information on how to dispute a traffic ticket is not easy to find. In fact, it usually seems to be hidden. Luckily, if you use the internet and search for the rules specific to your state or even county, you can often times find web sites created by other people who have gone through the experience of disputing a traffic citation. And, once you have done it, you will see that it actually is not very difficult.
One of the most interesting things is that if you dispute a ticket by mail, there is a very low chance the ticket will be upheld. In about a third of all cases, the prosecution does not even take the time to fill in the necessary paperwork to dispute your ticket, or they fail to do so on time. If this happens in your case, you are in luck, because the case has just been won! Think about that again: a third of the time, they do not even file the paperwork! This means that even if you are guilty of whatever it is the citation was issued for, it would be to your benefit to file a written / mailed dispute. A third of the time you would be off the hook.
The procedure for actually disputing the citation generally involves first mailing in paperwork that lets the court system know you intend to plead not guilty—that is, that you think you are innocent and the traffic ticket is invalid. After this, they will usually want to hear your side of the story, which can also be done through the mail. You fill out the necessary forms for your state, and mail them in. Even if the prosecution does take the time to fill out all the paperwork, it is still commonplace for a judge to reduce the fine significantly or even waive it altogether. And, even if the judge rules against you, you can dispute again! This means that once again you will get a one third chance of winning because the prosecution does not do their job on time.
About the Author: If you have a California traffic ticket you should make sure you do everything in your power to ensure justice. Also check the following resources for a New Jersey Traffic Tickets or a Texas Traffic Ticket.