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Common Myths About Speeding Tickets

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Speeding tickets can be costly and frustrating. As a result, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid them. Not speeding is, of course, the best way to do that. However, it’s not uncommon for people to make mistakes and misjudge their speed.

Once you start talking to people about speeding tickets, you might hear people’s views on how they think you can get out of tickets or navigate the legal system. While some information might be correct, you might also learn some of these common speeding ticket myths:

You Can Get Out of a Ticket On Your Own

While some people have likely managed to get out of speeding tickets on their own, it’s not guaranteed. You might also struggle if you’re representing yourself before the courts. You may have better luck securing a more desirable outcome if you contact a Louisiana speeding ticket lawyer for help. They can try many different common defenses to potentially have your ticket overturned in court, such as:

    ● Showing that the officer can’t provide evidence of speeding.
    ● Challenging the officer’s view.
    ● Challenging the officer’s ability to observe the traffic violation.
    ● Providing valid justification for your actions.
    ● Proving the officer didn’t follow the correct procedure

You Can Talk Your Way Out of a Ticket

Kindness can go a long way toward possibly avoiding a speeding ticket. However, there are no guarantees. Most legal professionals don’t recommend talking any more than you have to, especially when what you say can be used against you.

As tempting as it can be to plead your case or be chatty with the officer who pulled you over, it’s sometimes better to keep the conversation to a minimum.

You Can Outrun the Police

You might think that if you can outrun the police, there won’t be any repercussions for speeding. They can’t find you, so they can’t issue a ticket. However, this act might land you in more hot water than you were to begin with.

A speeding ticket would then be the least of your worries. You could be facing additional charges like reckless driving and even felony charges. A police chase is the absolute last thing you should consider if you’ve been pulled over for speeding.

Only Reckless Drivers Get Tickets

You might think that if you’re driving safely, even over the speed limit, a police officer won’t pull you over. You might not look like a danger to other drivers, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t. You’re also breaking the law. You may be just as likely to get issued a ticket for speeding as you would for driving recklessly.

Police Don’t Issue Tickets on Highways and Freeways

It’s true that some police forces have limitations surrounding where they can issue speeding tickets. This is especially true when they spot a car within their jurisdiction but can’t act outside of it. However, that doesn’t mean you can speed past the police on a highway or freeway and not face repercussions.

If a police officer can’t pull over a car on a highway or freeway because it’s outside their area, they can contact the nearest police force in charge of it. If they pass on all the necessary information, you might still receive a speeding ticket.

There can be a great deal of misinformation about speeding tickets. Awareness of these common myths might ensure you’re more informed if you ever end up being pulled over for suspected speeding.