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Speeding Ticket Laws

Individuals or their loved ones that have received a speeding ticket are often uncertain of the speeding ticket laws in their state. Uncertainties of speeding ticket fines or methods in which speed can be legally calculated often lead to questions like the ones answered below.

I got a photo radar speeding ticket. Does El Mirage, Arizona have to deliver a summons or can they just mail it?

The Arizona photo speeding ticket will be mailed to you. If you reply to the Court then that is considered serviced. If you do not reply, then according to Arizona law they have to personally serve you or any one over the age of 14 at your residence. If you are not served then they are supposed to dismiss the ticket after 120 days. Some cities are not following the law exactly and are allowing the process server to file that you have been served when you weren’t. If you were unknowingly served and do not pay the ticket your license can be suspended. As an option you can call the court and see if you can take Arizona traffic school. Completion of that could keep the ticket off your record.

I got a speeding ticket in Alabama but it is not on my driving record in Indiana where I live. Will it not show up since I live in a different state?

Alabama and Indiana are both members of the interstate compact, in which each state agrees to honor the other state’s tickets, suspensions, etc. The speeding ticket will eventually show up but can take a few months.

I received a speeding ticket in North Carolina 5 years ago and forgot about it until I tried to get a California driver license. I missed my court date and am now in contempt of court. What is the process for me to clear this up, since I am now out of state and what speeding ticket fines and fees should I expect?

You can drive back to North Carolina and appear in court or you can hire an attorney in North Carolina to appear for you. Either way you or an attorney will have to appear as you have a contempt of court for failure to appear. The maximum fine on a failure to appear is $1000. On average this fine is around $300. You will also need to pay the fine for the original citation (speeding ticket) that you received along with the court costs. If you do hire a North Carolina attorney he/she can often negotiate the failure to appear fine to a lower, minimal cost and get your license released.

I just got a speeding ticket and the officer did not use his radar gun. The speeding ticket says it was alleged. Is there a precedent that could get me out of this?

You can always request a hearing. On occasion the ticketing officer fails to appear in court. If this happens then the ticket will automatically be dismissed. If the officer does appear in court then you will want to cross examine him/her as to what method they used to determine your speed. Radars do not have to be used to issue a speeding ticket. Police officers can use their vehicle speedometer, personal observations or other methods that they are taught. If the officer used a mechanical item to deduce your speed (radar, speedometer, etc.) then you can ask for their calibration records. If they used a non-mechanical deduction (observation) you could key in on human error. By asking/showing how easily could it have been for him/her to have made a mistake.

Can a municipal policeman issue a speeding ticket on a United States Highway?

A police officer is not limited to only giving citations such as a speeding ticket to only the area they police. They are able to issue citations anywhere within the state, if they have witnessed a crime. They can even be off duty and still issue a citation.

Obtaining the correct information on speeding ticket laws in your state can greatly help when faced with questions about speeding tickets. Experts can help answer questions about speeding ticket fines or how you can resolve a speeding ticket. Get the answers quickly and affordably by asking an Expert.
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