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How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer
How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer
How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer
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How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer

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Do you know why I pulled you over? That is the epitome of a rhetorical question, and an estimated 100,000 people hear those eight words every day in the United States for scoring a speeding ticket. Some of those tickets may be unwarranted, but only 5 percent of folks try to contest their ticket. Luckily, there is a way you can successfully fight in traffic court without dishing out the dough for an attorney. How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer breaks down the steps to take once you get a ticket. Learning the law is essential to know whether you can effectively fight your ticket, and this book breaks down and outlines the details of the law for each major type of moving violation, including speeding ticket, running a stop sign or traffic light, and many more. You will learn what happens once you receive these violations and which infractions you can fight without a lawyer in traffic court. You will learn how to collect your own evidence and effectively prepare for a trial. Winning your trial is not a promise of the book, but you will be able to give it an impressive shot by learning exactly how each traffic court case is handled and what you can expect when you take your particular case to court. When you choose to fight, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Release dateNov 15, 2010
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    see that the author, Janet Traken, is a freelance writer and there was no indication of experience or knowledge of the law. This to me indicated lack of credibility and I went on to reading the book with reluctance. The first chapter of the book suggests writing down the incident and this is of utmost importance. If you do go to traffic court it's very possible it will several months after the incident and much will happen during that time. Our memories can hold just so much and by reading notes it will bring back more memories of the incident.As I perused the book further I came upon explanations of possible ticketing: Improper Passing, Seatbelt Violations, Speeding, Open Container, etc. The chapter titled "Do You Need a Lawyer" was interesting and certainly would help you decide whether you want to hire a lawyer or attempt to win the case yourself. Another important chapter is "Preparing for the Trial Step One: Gathering and Analyzing Evidence." By the time I got finished reading this book I felt I was more informed than before and do have knowledge in the event I have a traffic violation. I believe the Traken researched the topic well enough to give us the basics and a platform of where to start. This book will certainly help you decide what direction you want to pursue your violation and whether or not it's worth the time and effort to fight it or pay the fine. It's a decision only you can make and I believe gaining the knowledge from what Taken has written will make you wise enough to make the decision.

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How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer - Janet Trakin

How to Win

Your Case In Traffic Court Without

a Lawyer

By Janet Traken

How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Traken, Janet, 1955-

How to win your case in traffic court without a lawyer / by Janet Traken.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60138-305-1 (alk. paper)

ISBN-10: 1-60138-305-3 (alk. paper)

1. Traffic courts--United States--Popuar works. 2. Traffic violations--United States--Popuar works. I. Title.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: You Have Received a Traffic Ticket: Now What?

Chapter 2: Determining What You Are Charged With

Chapter 3: Should You Fight Your Ticket or Pay?

Chapter 4: How the Police Measure Your Speed

Chapter 5: The Different Types of Moving Violations

Chapter 6: Driving Under the Influence

Chapter 7: Do You Need a Lawyer?

Chapter 8: Proceeding Without an Attorney (Pro Se)

Chapter 9: Preparing for the Trial Step One: Gathering and Analyzing Evidence

Chapter 10: Preparing for the Trial Step Two: Organizing Your Case

Chapter 11: Preparing for the Trial Step Three: The Officer’s Testimony and Cross-Examination

Chapter 12: Preparing for the Trial Step Four: Going to Court for the First Time

Chapter 13: Preparing for the Trial Step Five: The Trial Date

Chapter 14: Bench Trial: What to Expect

Chapter 15: Jury Trial


Appendix: Glossary


Author Biography


Traffic tickets represent a multi-million dollar source of revenue for local and state governments in the United States. Police forces have officers whose entire job is to ticket drivers for violating traffic laws. In fact, this industry has become so profitable private companies are now in the mix, issuing tickets via privately owned traffic cameras to drivers running red lights. The success of this entire industry, however, relies on one key assumption: The driver will not fight the ticket.

Because of the way our court system is set up, it is not surprising that many drivers choose not to fight their tickets. To many drivers, courts are institutions veiled in mystery. From complicated procedures to vague laws, the system seems set up to keep all but those with specialized training from willingly entering the courthouse. This is unfortunate. The court system should be a place where everyday individuals find a forum to protect them from the excesses of government. How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer provides an invaluable service by helping to open the doors of our courthouses to every person.

Fighting a traffic ticket is not as difficult as most think. The first step in any dealings with the legal system is to know the law. It used to be that knowing and understanding the law was nearly impossible for someone without formal legal training. Up until about decade ago, the only way to find the law was to learn to navigate several legal resources. A good portion of law school was devoted to teaching future lawyers just these skills. With the rise of Web resources, however, this is no longer the case. Now, knowing and understanding the law is little more than an Internet search away. Each state has made its statutes available online.

Increasingly, state courts are doing the same for their cases. Sites like Findlaw (www.findlaw.com) and Justia (www.justia.com) provide more legal resources. And myriad blogs publish timely, expert legal analysis on every area of the law. How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer provides even more resources to aid drivers in fighting their tickets.

The next step in fighting a ticket is to figure out how your particular facts apply to that law. As How to Win Your Case In Traffic Court Without a Lawyer astutely points out, this involves a careful reading of the statute under which you are charged and figuring out how the facts of your case work with