Defending your Connecticut Speeding Ticket, Connecticut
Motor Vehicle Law § 14-219
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles does a disservice
to the motoring public by printing on their tickets that if a motorist sends
in a speeding ticket with a plea of guilty they will not get “points.” While
this is true, the Connecticut speeding or other CT moving violation ticket
will still get recorded to your record. Your insurance company will still
pick it up as a moving violation for their own merit point system and your
insurance will still increase.
Because of this, you have nothing to lose and everything to
gain to fight your Connecticut speeding summons charges. This is because CT
DMV points are only assessed if there is a conviction after a trial.
In the vast majority of cases our office defends we do not take the case to
trial. Rather, we negotiate a plea bargain for a lesser charge
that is not a moving violation or in some cases a minor moving
violation that still does not cause an insurance increase. Further, in the
rare event that we had to take your case to trial and lost, we would provide
you all of the requisite information to take an online State of Connecticut
Department of Motor Vehicles approved driver improvement course to have those
points immediately removed from your CT DMV driving record
Whether or not your vehicle is registered and insured in Connecticut,
your insurance company will pick up the Connecticut speeding conviction and
consider it under their own merit system to increase your insurance rates
for the next 3 years. The goal of our Connecticut traffic court lawyers is
to prevent a speeding or other moving violation conviction and thereby avoid
an insurance increase for our speeding ticket clients. For example, CT speeding
is Section 14-219 of the Connecticut Motor Vehicle Laws. Connecticut Speeding
is a moving violation. However, CT MV L. § 14-251 is a non-moving state parking
violation. Our office often plea bargains our clients guilty to a parking
ticket § 14-251 from the original charge of speeding, Connecticut Motor Vehicle
Law § 14-219.We could also plea bargain for a different non-moving violation
such as the equipment violation of inoperable headlight, MV § 14-96, unsafe
tires, MV § 14-98, or obstructed windshield, CT MV § 14-99(f).
Other reasons to fight a Connecticut speeding ticket
Another thing that the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
does not tell you is that racking up speeding convictions by pleading guilty
to the charge, CT § 14-219, speeding, can cause a license suspension. Under
CT Motor Vehicle Law § 14-111(b) upon a 4th Connecticut speeding
ticket conviction within a 2 year period the CT DMV suspends your license
for 30 days; upon a 5th conviction 60 days; and upon a 6th
or subsequent conviction six months.
You would also want to fight a Connecticut speeding ticket
if you received it for speeding in a school zone or work zone. Fines
are doubled when convicted of school or work zone speeding. The charges
are usually excessive because in addition to the zone the speed limit
is usually reduced from the roadways normal speed. Convictions for speeding
in a Connecticut school zone or speeding in a CT work zone also have
an amplifying effect on the insurance increase which is sure to follow.
Often times it is worth fighting a speeding ticket even if
you have to take it to trial. Our lawyers are skilled speeding ticket traffic
court lawyers and know how to present a case to get your ticket dismissed.
However, even when a full dismissal is not possible we are often to able to
get a reduction of your CT speeding ticket, § 14-219 of the CT Motor Vehicle
Laws, reduced through the trial process. Often while the state can sustain
a speeding charge they cannot sustain what they charged you with. For example,
our office often creates enough doubt as to the veracity of the state’s case
so that you could be found guilty of speeding 15 MPH over the limit, not 25
MPH over the limit as charged. Such a difference can avoid or diminish an
insurance increase. Likewise, if the state cannot prove an active
school or work zone, then the regular speed limit of the road applies and
that could result in a dismissal of the charges as well.
The services of our office
If you are
looking to hire a lawyer to fight your Connecticut speeding ticket you have
come to the right place. Our office is one of the top rated traffic ticket
defense law firms in the State of Connecticut. Headquartered in Hartford Connecticut
and with a satellite office in Mamaroneck, NY local to Fairfield County, CT
our office defends Connecticut speeding tickets throughout the State of Connecticut.
We defend CT speeding tickets in all Connecticut county traffic courts (Fairfield,
Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Litchfield, Hartford and Windham Counties)
as well as all Connecticut Geographical Area traffic courts and Connecticut
Judicial District traffic courts.
Convenience and peace of mind
offer convenience and peace of mind. When you retain our traffic court
lawyers and law firm, you never have to go to court or come to our
office. We do everything for you. We also charge
one low flat fee – one price no matter how many times
we have to go back to court. The process works as follows: We e-mail
you our retainer. You sign it and either fax or mail it back to our
office with the ticket. You can pay by personal check
or credit card. And that’s it! Once we receive the signed
retainer, ticket and payment you do nothing more we handle it from
that point on.