How to fight tickets
You’ve opened up your mailbox to find that you have received a “ticket” for running a red light or speeding in a school zone? Now what?
Facts to know about this “ticket”:
- It will NOT go on your driving record, paid or not. It is treated like a parking ticket.
- It may have official city letterhead, but it was sent by the company that operates/makes money from the cameras.
We are certainly not qualified to give legal advice on how to fight the traffic camera tickets. But we get a lot of questions on how to fight them. We wish we knew a “silver bullet” to defeat them. There really isn’t one, but we have been given a sample affidavit that you can modify and send to the court (instead of the paperwork that they send you to fill out). We have heard that this has been used with good success, without going to court in person. Again, we are not lawyers, so we don’t guarantee that this will work (especially since each city is different), but we haven’t heard any complaints yet. (Change the red text on the document to fit your case and change the color to black before printing.) We would also advise sending this (and a copy of the “ticket”) straight to the city’s municipal court, not to the out of state address on the letter.
Tell us your stories on how you fought them, and what the outcome was. Please remember to include the location of the court you dealt with, since how this topic is handled varies widely from city to city.
Please tell your stories in the comment box below, so you can help out other people with your experiences!