FIGHTING YOUR SPEEDING TICKET GUIDE
Entering Plea Bargaining
If you are going to try to bargain for a plea for your speeding ticket, you will need to find out whether you can contact the prosecutor ahead of time. Some courts will allow you to contact the prosecutor, either by calling them to discuss it over the phone or by faxing a request for a plea resolution.
If you cannot contact the prosecutor before the trial date of your speeding ticket, you can try to speak with them on the day of your trial, before the proceedings. If you plan to do this, make sure to show up at least half an hour before the start of your speeding ticket trial. Find the prosecutor, introduce yourself, and let them know you would like to discuss what your options are. If they do not bring up bargaining for a plea, do not hesitate to bring it up yourself. Remain calm and collected; if you come across as desperate, the prosecutor may take that as a sign that you are completely unprepared to defend yourself and may push for a trial.
It is important to know your speeding charge and know what the consequences of that charge are before accepting a plea bargain. If the prosecutor is going to offer you a reduced sentence, make sure the reduction is going to be worth it in the long run for you. A small difference in the fine you pay may save you $50 now, but if the reduced charge will have the same effect on your insurance as the original, it may not be a worthwhile bargain to make.
If you find the bargaining favourable, be prepared to enter a plea of guilty when you have your trial date for your speeding ticket. If you don’t like the bargain presented to you and you cannot negotiate it further, you will have to decide whether to accept it by pleading guilty or fight it and go through with the speeding ticket trial.