Speeding Ticket Options

This is a fairly simple solution for those with a good driving record since most District Attorneys want to help out their constituents when they are able to do so. There are three ways to prevent a speeding ticket from going onto your record:

  • The District Attorney dismisses the case;
  • The District Attorney reduces the case to a “non-moving” violation;
  • The Court doesn’t report the adjudication.

Getting Your Ticket Reduced Or Dismissed

The District Attorney has the power to either dismiss or reduce your case.  In many jurisdictions, the District Attorney will simply dismiss the case if a material police officer or eye witness does not show up for court.  Those are easy but you need to play a “wait and see” game with the State and you may need to wait around for a long time before you know anything.  However, in most instances, dismissals or reductions occur. occur because you do something required by the prosecution such as paying costs and/or attending an online driving course.

Reporting The Conviction

Believe it or not there are some jurisdictions that simply want their money and don’t want to be bothered with the hassle of reducing or dismissing cases.  In some of these places, you’ll find out, consider themselves “non-reporting jurisdictions.” Meaning, they will never file the judgment of conviction with the Department of Corrections or the Department of Motor Vehicles.  This way, the insurance company does not know that you were convicted of a moving violation and your rates do not increase.

André Bélanger, a graduate of Loyola University, is a highly-respected criminal defense attorney serving the people of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and surrounding areas of Ascension Parish and New Orleans, for one of Baton Rouge’s top-25 law firms. In his 18 years of practicing law, Mr. Bélanger has handled thousands of criminal cases at both the pre-trial and trial stage, including approximately 200 trials. This trial experience includes homicide defense and prosecution, large drug conspiracies and fraud cases making Bélanger one of the few attorneys capable of handling even the largest, most complex federal cases. Having spent years devoted to developing a top-tier regional law practice for federal court and state court litigation, Mr. Bélanger is admitted to practicing law in all federal courts in both Louisiana, Mississippi, the United States Supreme Court and the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.