You may have recently received a summons in the mail indicating that you were caught speeding by a traffic camera. After examining the photo, you may be confident that you were not speeding and that there has been an error. Because of this, you may be wondering whether or not you would have a chance fighting the ticket before a judge. There are a couple of times when you should consider going to court over a camera-based speeding ticket.
1. You Have a Dashcam That Shows You Were Not Speeding
If you have a dashcam in your car, you may have a chance of beating the traffic ticket if you know for sure that you were not speeding. This is especially true if your camera timestamps each video and clearly shows not only the view from your windshield but also the dashboard of your car.
On the ticket, there should be a time and date when the camera allegedly caught you speeding and took a picture. Use this information to go through the recordings from your dashcam to find the exact time and location.
If you can plainly see that you were not speeding and have the time and date stamped on the video, you may be able to have the ticket dismissed. However, you should get advice from an attorney before the court hearing to make sure.
2. Your Ticket Is Based on a Blurry Photo Taken by the Camera
Another instance where you may be able to fight a camera-based speeding ticket is when the photo taken by the camera is blurry. You should be sent a copy of the picture with the ticket so that you can see the quality.
If you cannot clearly see your license plate or even make out what the make and model of the vehicle are in the picture, you may be able to argue to the judge that no one else could either. However, the copy that you see is not the original, so the blurriness could have been caused by photocopying. An attorney can get you an actual copy to see whether this defense could work.
If you feel that the camera-based speeding ticket that you received was unjustified, you may decide that you would like to fight it in court. If so, do not try to do so alone. To help increase your chances of winning, seek out the help of a traffic violation lawyer who can guide you through the process and represent you during your court hearing. To learn more about your options, contact a company like Brad Butterworth Law Office.Share