I got caught speeding in NY state (21mph over), I got out of it (story inside)
I know speeding threads are a dime a dozen on this forum and talking or admitting to speeding is blasphemy. You're supposed to have the pitchfork in your hand saying you never speed, but to me not getting caught or getting out of it is the same thing as never speeding.
Anyways, I was caught outside of Buffalo, at 4:25am in the morning on a Monday on the way back driving straight back from NYC. It was on I290W, and unlike Canadian roads the speed limits kept changing from 55mph to 65mph back to 55mph then 65mph. I had cuise control set at 75mph. It was early in the morning, whatever.
Anyways, I saw a 65mph sign when I set it. I must've missed the 55mph sign because when the officer pulled me over, I didn't actually see it. Regardless. He asked me where I was coming from, etc. I made sure not to say anything, wrote down everything and answered his questions exactly without emotion. He said I was going 76 in a 55 or something like 30ishkm/h over
Can't have this on my record, it's an uncessary increase in insurance premiums especially when I'm trying to get that property I want. So, as per searching this forum, I found the website of a lawyer in Western New York who defends traffic tickets like this and has a special section just for Canadians caught speeding (Ontario/Quebec). The website is http://notspeeding.com and the lawyer's name is Matis.
In the NY state I found it's a bit different when it comes to a speeding charge. The whole process:
- First of all, officer gives you a printed out ticket (like a Toronto parking ticket) so it's harder to find error
- They MAIL you an officer deposition right away, signed by the officer in a letter including the equipment he used (LIDAR in my case) like disclosure
- Your court date is AUTOMATICALLY set and for me it was 1 month from the offense date exactly.
So I called Matis up, and as you need a lawyer and not a paralegal, he took care of it for me. He told me that I was 1mph over the threshold of penalty but he'd work on it. I paid his fee (very similar fee to Canadian PARALEGALS) and he got it reduced to...get this....a PARKING TICKET. A non moving, non insurance affecting violation. The parking ticket was a costly one, $100, but whatever. I'll pay that every day if I can get out of a huge speeding charge like that on LIDAR where I'm essentially DOA. Laser is too damn accurate, believe me I've tried. If they use a lidar detector on you, you're SOL.
Anyways, if you're ever caught in NY state, know that you need a lawyer if you want to dispute and that the one I recommend because I had a 21mph reduced to a non moving parking ticket (insurance doesn't see it) by going to http://notspeeding.com