How can I beat my speeding ticket?
It’s pretty easy:
- Wait a bit for me to get your registration and review your speeding ticket details
- I will email you some example declarations that most closely resemble the circumstances of your traffic stop. You can edit the examples to put in your particular details, like your name, the street where it happened, the time and date, etc.
- Print it, sign it, send it.
That’s it. Pat yourself on the back for standing up for yourself. All that’s left is to cross your fingers. You’ll receive notice from the court of the verdict. If you did everything right, your chances of beating your speeding ticket are somewhere between 80% and 90%. Those are good odds.
I taught traffic school for ten years before starting the Ticket Assassin in 1998. Since then, over a million people have accessed the Ticket Assassin Shareware to fight their speeding tickets.My members have been enormously successful. More than a few have been back half a dozen times to fight other bogus tickets.
There are many strategies you can use to beat a speeding ticket in a trial by written declaration. Mostly, though, it depends on the type of speeding ticket you received, where it was, and the California Vehicle Code that you allegedly violated.
CVC 22349 is a speeding ticket violation. CVC 22350 is also a speeding ticket violation. Depending on the circumstances, the officer will give you one or the other speeding ticket. In some circumstances the officer can give you a speeding ticket citing either vehicle code. I do not believe that any one kind of speeding ticket is any easier to beat than any other type of speeding ticket. It really all depends on what happened before and during your traffic stop and what the officer wrote down on your traffic ticket.
(CVC, if you didn’t guess, is the California Vehicle Code - you will see that abbreviation all over this site and also on your citation in the violation type box)
Sometimes officers use radar to record your speed. Sometimes they use laser (or “LiDAR”). Sometimes the officer paces you. Sometimes the officer depends upon a visual estimation of your speed from the side of the road. Each of these are evidence against you in a traffic ticket infraction case. The type of evidence matters because there are different strategies are available to fight each kind of evidence.
Say, for example, that the officer was 400 feet away when he recorded your speed with his radar gun. The typical beam spread on radar is twelve to sixteen degrees. That’s about a one foot for every four feet of beam. So, imagine a 400-foot-long cone. The cone is the radar beam. The tiny end of the cone is coming out of the officer’s radar gun. The other end of the 400-foot-long cone is hundred feet wide. You are in that hundred feet. But you what else is? About a dozen other vehicles, some of which may have been targeted instead of you. There’s really no way to tell, with radar. A trial by written declaration would fight your traffic ticket by attacking the radar evidence on these grounds, as well as many others.
Another strategy is to use Google-Map evidence that calls into question the officer’s point of view in regards to obstructions. It’s easy to get and it is often revealing in speeding ticket cases.
Another strategy we often use to beat speeding tickets involves the citation itself. Is the ticket citation filled out completely? Did the officer get any facts or conditions wrong or leave something out? Is the weather described on the ticket? How about the flow of traffic? Any defect in the speeding ticket citation is a crack in the dam.
The point is that it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to beat a speeding ticket. Anybody can write a declaration - we just make it super easy and we only charge twenty five bucks.
Maximum Speed Limit
22349. (a) Except as provided in Section 22356, no person may drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than 65 miles per hour.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person may drive a vehicle upon a two-lane, undivided highway at a speed greater than 55 miles per hour unless that highway, or portion thereof, has been posted for a higher speed by the Department of Transportation or appropriate local agency upon the basis of an engineering and traffic survey. For purposes of this subdivision, the following apply:
(1) A two-lane, undivided highway is a highway with not more than one through lane of travel in each direction.
(2) Passing lanes may not be considered when determining the number of through lanes.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that there be reasonable signing on affected two-lane, undivided highways described in subdivision (b) in continuing the 55 miles-per-hour speed limit, including placing signs at county boundaries to the extent possible, and at other appropriate locations.
Basic Speed Law
22350. No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.