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Speedometer issues? You may want to fight the speeding ticket

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2020 | Criminal law

You like getting where you want to go quickly, but that also means that you often speed. For the most part, you avoid tickets, but this time, you were going above the limit as you passed a highway trooper. Of course, you were speaking with the officer within minutes.

The thing that threw you off was how quickly the officer claimed that you were going. They told you that you were going 16 mph over the limit. Based on your vehicle’s cruise control, you should have been going only 9 mph over the limit. This discrepancy is an issue to you. What should you do?

This is a situation in which it would be smart to talk to your attorney. A 7 mph discrepancy is large, even accounting for the speedometer being off the average amount of 1 or 2 mph.

If your speedometer is not working correctly, then there is a potential that you could counter the speeding tickets by showing the mechanical error. By doing so, you may be able to defend yourself, showing that you did not intentionally speed. To do this, you may need to get a mechanic involved in the case, and your attorney will need to help you show that the speeding was unintentional.

If your speedometer is not what is off, then it may be that the officer targeted the wrong vehicle or that their equipment was not calibrated correctly. Each of these factors should be questioned before you pay for a ticket that you don’t deserve. Your attorney can tell you more about what to expect when you get a ticket that doesn’t make sense.