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Pay No Fine: A User Guide to Successfully Fighting Traffic Tickets

Keywords: Traffic Tickets; ticket nazis; court fees; court costs; court fines; taking bread off the table;
Language: English
Collection: opensource


Welcome to PAYNOFINE’S User Guide to Successfully Fighting Traffic Tickets. Since you are reading this, it can be presumed that you are one of the approximately 35 million people who received a traffic ticket this year. That actually breaks down to about 100,000 tickets a day! Our hope is that you will be one of the small and silent minority who successfully fight the system each year.

Government studies are fond of citing that 97% of all traffic tickets are success- fully prosecuted. What this same research doesn’t want you to know is that 95% of all these traffic tickets are not contested. Of the five percent that are actually contested, one half are dismissed. The remaining half usually enjoyed reduced fines or other plea bargain arrangements that were less than the original mail in fine amount. To understand the system you first have to examine the economics of the machine.

The most important part of the traffic ticket money making machine is to keep the fines at a generally tolerable level. The average speeding ticket cost is some- where between $75 - $150. A quick calculation can show you that even a ten minute trial will eat the total fine in overall costs for courthouse time when you take into account the Judge, prosecutor, police office, court clerk, court reporter, etc. Therefore, it is imperative that the system make you feel like you have an impossible journey ahead of you. To put this economic formula in perspective, the City of Chicago reaps over $100 million annually from traffic ticket fines. Los Angeles amasses over $150 million and New York wins the race with over $350 million a year! These amounts do not even include the additional increases in auto insurance premiums that most speeders will enjoy for the next three years after their conviction.

There are two important facts to continually remember as you read through the methods and tactics presented in this guide:

1. Unless you are a total buffoon in court and get a contempt of court charge, your fine will be exactly what you would have mailed in originally. You will only be out your time invested. Remember, it’s not just the fine but also the increased insurance premiums you’re trying to save with your time investment.

2. A recent study by an attorney specializing in traffic tickets showed that 60% of his contested cases were won. Of that amount, over 40% were won by lack of prosecution - No Officer = Dismissed. An additional 25% were won through the inability to prove the charges.

As you can see, just by going to court and contesting your ticket, the odds swing in your favor. This Guide will help prepare you for your travel through the halls of justice. When you finish reading and absorbing the strategies and tactics in this book, you will know more about traffic tickets and the traffic court system than most police officers. That’s because most police officers only focus on one small aspect of the process—writing the citation. You, however, will understand the entire process.

To ensure you get the most, this guide is actually comprised of three main Parts:

Part One - From Driveway to Court Day (Chapters 1 - 6) Addresses everything from avoiding a ticket to the verdict

Part Two - Tools of the Trade (Chapters 7 -11) Covers all aspects of the various types of speed detection systems

Part Three - Odds & Ends (Chapters 12 - Appendix C) Miscellaneous items of interest including other types of traffic tickets

It is important to remember that traffic laws and codes differ from state to state and are constantly changing. You must do your homework to insure that you are current in all matters relevant to your particular situation. In addition, the information in this Guide is intended as basic strategies and tactics. Consider this Guide as your game plan, but you still need to get in there and pitch. This Guide is NOT LEGAL ADVICE. It is, however, the best thing you can get without paying major hourly fees to an attorney. Throughout the Guide we will use the generic pronoun “He” rather than He/She or some other politically correct phrasing. We hope no offense is intended to our female readers.

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