Just about everyone has gotten a parking ticket or a speeding ticket at some point. So “Men’s Health” talked to experts and came up with a guide to help you get out of your NEXT one.
If You Get a Parking Ticket:
#1.) Make Sure It’s 100% Accurate. Some people don’t realize that even if one small piece of information is wrong, it can make a ticket invalid.
Here are the specific things you need to check: The make of the vehicle, the license plate number, the time and date, and the address they wrote down.
If any of those are wrong . . . or if the officer forgot to sign the ticket . . . you can probably challenge it and win.
#2.) Challenge It, Even If You’re in the Wrong. Traffic courts are always busy, and they want to keep as many people from showing up as possible.
So even if they don’t dismiss the entire ticket, they’ll most likely lower the fine.
If You Get Pulled Over for Speeding:
#1.) Don’t Try to Cry Your Way Out of It. If you’re a guy, you obviously shouldn’t even ATTEMPT it. If you’re a woman, don’t do it unless you’re sure you can pull it off.
Sometimes crying works, but most of the time the cop knows you’re just trying to manipulate him. And if that’s the case, you’ll DEFINITELY get a ticket.
#2.) If You Were Speeding, Admit It. Cops hear the same excuses all the time, and they’re really good at spotting a liar. So if you WERE speeding, just fess up.
They hear so many lies, it’s actually refreshing when someone’s honest, so they might let you off with a warning. Whatever you do, don’t argue . . . even if you’re SURE you weren’t speeding. It won’t do any good.
But it does help to be as prepared as possible. For example, cops hate it when they have to stand there and wait because you can’t find your registration. So in the interest of not annoying him, make sure you know where it is.
Just don’t put him on edge by reaching in your glove box before he gets to the car. Instead, keep your hands on the steering wheel, and if it’s dark out, turn on your light.
He’ll appreciate the fact that you’re being considerate, and he might go easy on you.