questionshave you ever talked your way out of a ticket?

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I once got pulled over doing 20 mph over the speed limit on the highway. As soon as I saw the cop, I knew I was busted, so I pulled over by the time he had his lights on. Cop said since I didn't make him chase me, he was letting me off with a warning.

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I should have had 15 tickets by the time I was 18. (in my first 2 years of driving) but I talked my way out of them all.

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Nope. Only one I've ever gotten was a young cop in a bad mood who gave me a speeding ticket for going 37 in a 35. No point in arguing, so I just paid the stupid thing.

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While I didn't really do any talking to get out of it, I did listen my way out of one. I had just gotten my license a month or so earlier and had been (unfortunately) listening to all my friends who'd already been driving and speeding. They said if you just pull off on a side road it's easy to hide from the cops.
So, I passed a cop doing 10 over and saw him put his brakes on to turn around, so I pulled off and drove through the country for about 10 minutes. With my luck, when I started back on the main road to my destination, I passed him just a mile further down the road. I pulled off and it was someone whose parents I worked for. He looked at my license and saw I was really new and hadn't gotten a ticket before, lectured me for about 5 minutes on never running again, then let me go.

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I read the entire PDF and it could be summed up very easily. "Your Honor, the police officer's view was obstructed by another vehicle so he couldn't see that I stopped."

He's lucky the Judge didn't make him pay a fine for wasting the court's time pulling a stunt like this.

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@cengland0: why is that? As a citizen, we have a right to appear before a judge to present our case, using any means necessary to prove our innocence. Sure, the judge could have been a jerk and dismissed the guy as soon as he started on his explanation, but he was nice and heard him through. I would think you would want to be afforded the same liberty if you were in that situation.

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@cardinalsfan: You have the right to defend yourself but you do not have the right to waste the courts time.

Every year people end up in court because they didn't pay their taxes. They use the same defenses like the 16th amendment was not ratified. Or, that Ohio was not a state until 1953. Or that the amendment doesn't contain the word "Repeal" in it. There are others but this should give you an idea of what people come up with. These have officially been identified as legally frivolous federal tax return defenses and will cost you $5,000 penalty imposed under Internal Revenue Code section 6702(a).

So, if you think I could go into court and just start rambling off pages of formulas and taking up hours of the court's time without the Judge thinking about what fines he can impose, you might not understand the reality of our judicial system. You'll be lucky if he doesn't hold you in contempt and lock you up.

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No, but I talked my way out of getting my license suspended. Which technically would of had a $500 charge with it, but that didn't happen either.

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I've been pulled over many times (a few for speeding, one for an illegal turn which was bs, and once for when a deer ran into my car and knocked my taillights out) and no tickets. In my experience, if you are kind to the officer, chat him up a bit, maybe tell a joke or two, they are all pretty decent and will give you a warning. If you sit there and act cold/guilty, you get a ticket.

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No, but I've had a officer talk his way out of giving me a ticket; and that's happened at least twice.

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Once. On my way to work and it was a nice wide road with not much traffic, I was running late and was probably going 45 in a 35. I told the cop I wasn't familiar with the area (I wasn't, I spent the night at my b/f's). He let me off with a warning after pointing to a speed limit sign.

Young and cute always seemed to work in my favor.

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I've talked my way out of a couple over the years, getting off with either verbal or written warnings. Once I was nearly pulled over in my parent's driveway; I saw the cop coming up behind me so I turned at the road prior so I wouldn't be pulled over in front of their house (their address was not on my driver's license).

I also went to court once to fight a ticket. I was cited for 48 in a 30 or some such nonsense in a town I was passing through for the first (and last) time in my life. It was frankly not physically possible for my car to be doing that speed at that location, due to the proximity to an intersection where I came to a complete stop earlier with 700 pounds of people (myself included) in a vastly underpowered car. I went to the hearing, took a plea bargain from the DA, paid a reduced fine, and never went back. I would have had to go back yet again on a different date for a trial by judge and I didn't want to spend the time doing that.

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Nope. I've gotten a ticket for drinking on the beach and there was no chance of getting out of that, although they didn't cite us for having glass at least... also got a ticket for turning right at 9:45 on a "no right turn before 10am". I tried to play dumb on that one and it didn't work. $300 bucks! I'm sure the city of Los Angeles put it to good use...

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I always carry around a Monopoly "Get out of jail free" card just in case. I figure at least I can maybe give the cop a laugh before he writes me a ticket.

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Nope, but I've listened my way out of three. I believe is no benefit to arguing with a police officer after being caught. I've always felt this will actually make them more apt to write you a ticket to give you the opportunity to argue your case in court. Especially if you have a valid point. They'd rather be proven wrong by a judge than by an Average Joe. Just be polite and courteous, do not argue, and take any lecture with a grain of salt if you feel you're in the right.

Another reason not to argue, or put up a big fuss when being pulled over is this will make the officer less likely to remember you when your court date is up. In my state if the issuing officer does not appear in court, the judge will dismiss the ticket. Police officers are busy, and sometimes cannot make traffic court. But you can bet they will try harder if they remember you, and want to prove a point.

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I faked a panic attack once and told the cop my dad would never let me drive again if I got a ticket, and to my great surprise.. it worked.

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I pulled up my shirt one time and exposed my chest.

He wasn't impressed.

Might have worked better if I was a female!!

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I tried to talk my way out of two tickets that I truly felt were unfairly issued - did not work. Went to court and presented my side, and both times, I won.

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@cengland0: I understand your point. However, the judge is the ultimate determiner of what is frivolous or not. If anyone wants to take the chance, they should have the right to. I agree the person is lucky the judge let him go through with it.