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NOharmNOfoul's avatar

In your opinion, what is the best way to get out of a ticket?

Asked by NOharmNOfoul (256points) June 1st, 2008 from iPhone

What has worked best for you? Feel free to share your story.

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judochop's avatar

I have only tried if I truley was not breaking the law and then I would fight it in court.

DeezerQueue's avatar

I’ve received a ticket once for having an expired tag, I wasn’t aware of it at the time, and took my paperwork with me, having been told that it could be wiped away if I take care of it as quickly as possible. I did and it was. But generally I think it’s a bad idea to try to get out of something that you should in fact be held accountable for. It’s one thing to have a true, but convoluted story, that gives the illusion that you’re breaking the law when in fact you’re not (even that sentence is a good example), but if you’re breaking the law, you’re breaking the law. If you’re not breaking the law, then you’re not.

I’d be more interested in knowing why people would try to dodge something that they know they should be getting.

Lightlyseared's avatar

don’t break the law in the first place!

wildflower's avatar

Appeal process. Long live bureaucracy! Even if they had no intention of letting me off the hook, they do eventually just because of the time it has taken to get it resolved.

Notreallyhere's avatar

Don’t argue and be respectful. Its have worked for me. If they are determined to give you the ticket nothing gets you out of it.

Fallstand's avatar

Name drop.. I know a dozen or so cops in my area so I menttion someone and they usually let me off with a warning or a seat belt ticket

lovelyy's avatar

A few of my friends and i were speeding, we ended up just flirting and sucking up to him; he gave us a warning.

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spendy's avatar

Be honest and calm…or just opt to have an emotional break-down on the spot. I once dated a cop who told me that they were trained not to give tickets to women who were significantly upset by the situation. Something about sending emotionally unstable drivers back out onto the road. Makes sense, but not sure it’s actually true.

waterskier2007's avatar

@lovely, sometimes i hate how women can get away with stuff like that haha

margeryred's avatar


You can always talk yourself into a ticket. That is the best advice I can give civilians. Your conduct, actions and language will be a great predictor of your traffic stop outcome.

Never get out of your car to speak to the officer (unless of course he asks you to). Don’t be sarcastic or matter of fact. Don’t kiss their ass, but don’t act as though you are above them/they are beneath you.

Mainly an officer is looking to come out of that traffic stop alive. Before, during and after they issue you that ticket they’re on heightened awareness because they don’t know if you are going to try and kill them. Try doing your job calm, friendly and proficient while ready to fight for your life at any second.

Note to all those who want the police recorded at all times… there will be no getting out of ticket then. It would be to their detriment to give you a break. :)

Footnote: if you are stopped in a speed trap you are probably going to get a ticket. The copper’s boss is on scene and he probably isn’t allowed to give anyone a break.

Zaku's avatar

The best way is probably to be nobility in the country where you are ticketed.

Diplomatic immunity is another good one.

Being a foreigner in a hospitable country is another.

Being a nice person to the officer, so they only warn you, is good.

Contesting the charge and subpoenaing the officer, and having him not appear since it’s not worth his time to testify about it, can work.

Another ideal one would be to take it all the way to the highest court and have them correct or overthrow the law so that no one else has to suffer under the tyranny of whatever harassment it was you had to endure.

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