From Minor Annoyance To Serious Fines, Tickets Are Defensible
A traffic ticket can feel like a thorn in your side. Whether you were accused of doing a “rolling stop,” running a red light, or driving over the speed limit, there are nuances to the laws on the books that officers are typically unaware of — and that you can fight in court.
Don’t Take A Traffic Ticket For Granted
The Law Office of Stewart Rojo in Austin is experienced defending people against tickets for alleged traffic violations. Sometimes, the officer was just plain wrong about making the visual call to ticket you in the first place. In other cases, a camera might have captured you, in which case you’ll often have a fairly easy defense against because a lot of hearsay goes into reviews of footage. Radar guns are also not reliable across the board, meaning your speeding accusation may be faulty.
Defenses To Avoid
Considering all the possible ways to challenge a ticket, there are a few scenarios that will not help your case. The following are some of the defenses that will either function as an admission of guilt or just fail, period:
- “The officer is lying.” A judge won’t hear this argument without proof, and that type of proof is tough to come by even when it’s true.
- “I was going at the same speed as everybody around me.” This essentially admits that yes, you were speeding, regardless of whether you feel you were cherry-picked. If you believe that you were racially profiled, there is a chance you might still have a case, but otherwise, this approach won’t hold up in court.
- “I’m going through a hard time.” Sob stories typically won’t persuade a judge’s ruling in a case like a traffic violation.
- “I didn’t realize….” Ignorance doesn’t hold up, either, since every driver is expected to have a full comprehension of their responsibilities and of the rules of the road no matter where they’re at.
If you want to make a solid, viable argument against a traffic ticket, your best bet is to partner with an experienced attorney who can break down the framework of the law and find a foundation from which to build your case.
Don’t Pay Before You Contact A Lawyer
Don’t pay your traffic ticket without consulting with an attorney first. Paying your ticket is an admission of guilt, which can build up over time and be used against you. Call us today at 512-634-8386 to discuss how we can help, or message us online.