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3 potential challenges to a speeding ticket

A speeding ticket seems pretty cut and dry. You got caught and now you have to pay the fine. However, it's important to note that there are a few potential challenges to a ticket that may help in court.

Remember, these won't always work and won't apply in every case. However, they're worth considering:

1. They have the wrong car.

The highway was busy. You drive a car that is very common, with a color like gray or black. The officer pointed the radar gun at a car that was actually speeding, but by the time he or she pulled out to give pursuit, that car was gone and you were pulled over by mistake.

2. You weren't speeding.

The officer's radar gun wasn't calibrated properly or the officer wasn't trained in how to use it. That led to a false reading that made it appear you were speeding when you know you actually had the cruise control set below the limit.

3. There was an emergency.

You were speeding, but you had no choice. Perhaps your spouse was going into labor and you were on the way to the hospital. Perhaps there was a natural disaster, like a forest fire or a tornado. You knew speeding was dangerous, but there was a greater danger that you had to avoid.

Again, these don't apply in every situation, but they give you a good place to start and help to show that a ticket isn't always going to stick. Make sure you know what legal defense options you have before you get to court.

Source: FindLaw, "Fight a Speeding Ticket: Is Speeding Always Speeding?," accessed Dec. 28, 2017

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