If you are fighting a traffic ticket in court, you may be wondering what to say in traffic court. You definitely want to be prepared rather than walking in and winging it. This is one of those times when having a solid plan will come to your advantage. So, how do you prepare for your day and know what to say in traffic court when your day comes around?
First, take a moment to read our article on Do I Need a Lawyer for a Traffic Ticket.
Having an understanding of your ticket and the legal consequences of how you respond to that ticket will help you decide if you need an attorney or if you can do this yourself. While we do not advocate that you represent yourself, we realize that you may wish to do that.
- First things first. Whether you are going to be in physical court or on a video session, present yourself appropriately. Wear a business type of shirt such as one with a collar. Make sure your clothes are clean.
- Speak respectfully. Address the judge as “Your Honor” or “Judge”.
- Use full sentences to speak. Do not use slang like “bruh, dude, yo, wattsup, i hear ya, yup, nah” or any other words you may use with someone you usually communicate with regularly. This is a judge. It’s not your friend and this person is to be treated in his or her position with respect. You want him or her to help you, so the last thing you want to do is to offend by saying the wrong thing.
- Speak only when asked to speak.
- Answer the question and only the question. This is a big one and it’s the one that gets most clients in trouble. Remember that you are with skilled litigators. That means they ask questions for a living. So if you start offering more than what they asked, you can expect to have more questions coming your way and they will not be questions you may want to answer.
- If you do not know the answer to the question, tell the truth. “I do not know”. Do not make up answers. Not knowing the answer is perfectly acceptable.
- Detail what happened and why your situation is an exception. I.e, You aren’t Guilty and why. But do not do so until you are asked to do so. Again, offering up details without being asked can lead to more questions that you have not prepared to answer.
- Consider how you explain why you aren’t guilty before you go in there. Was it the weather? Going less than 5 mph over the speed limit? Is your driving record perfect and this is your first traffic stop? Do you have a reason to argue your guilt?
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