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BY: Bix

Got Traffic Law Questions? We’ve Got A Solution

Free legal advice for the unlucky driver.

Let's face it—no matter how many precautions you take or how careful you are about it, if you love to drive, odds are good you're going to be stopped by a cop at some point. And odds are good you're going to be slapped with some sort of speeding ticket or moving violation, just because you happened to be caught up in the joy of the open road.

Well, we've been there. (Believe us, we've been there.) And we know that, once that initial adrenaline rush from being pulled over to the roadside fades, you're often left wondering exactly what to do with that unpleasant slip of carbonless copy paper that details your punishment. Should you just pay the fine, accept the points on your license and go on with life, or should you head to court and try and fight it? Is there some legal maneuver you can use to lessen the burden?

These are the sort of questions best left to the experts—and since our expertise, sadly, doesn't extend to the realm of traffic law, we found somebody who does have the answers: Matthew J. Weiss, Esq., a New York traffic attorney who runs the website "Confessions Of A Traffic Lawyer."

On his site, Mr. Weiss doles out pearls of wisdom for the masses, but for our loyal 0-60 readers, he's offering something special: personalized advice just for you, totally for free.

Here's how it works: You send in your traffic ticket-related questions to lawhelp@0-60mag.com or write them in the comments below, and every couple weeks, we'll post his responses right here on the website. Be sure to give us your name (doesn't have to be your real name if you're shy, though), the state where the infraction (if any) occurred and as much information as you're willing to spill about your moving violation or concern. If time is a concern, let us know that too.

Free legal advice is a hard deal to beat, so we're glad to be able to pass it along to our fellow drivers—and to help provide some relief from all those legal worries that come with loving to drive.

COMMENTS
  • Got Traffic Law Questions? This Guy Has Answers | Scoop The Magazine (SMAG) says:
    August 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm
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    [...] law questions you may have, so if you have any questions(I know some of you should), you can click here for more information on how to get in contact with Matthew [...]

  • Maggie Lowrie says:
    October 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm
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    I RECEIVED A RADAR SPEEDING TICKET IN MARIN COUNTY, CA. I WAS TRAVELING IN THE #3 LANE IN HEAVY TRAFFIC [MORNING COMMUTE]. AT THE SAME TIME AS I SPOTTED THE CHP OFFICER A CAR TRAVELING IN THE #4 LANE PASSED ON THE LEFT AND THERE WAS A CAR GOING A LITTLE SLOWER IN THE #2 LANE. I ALONE RECEIVED THE TICKET. THE CHP WAS IN A RIGHT HAND FREEWAY ENTRANCE TRIANGLE. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE CHP AND MY VEHICLE IS APPROXIMATELY 6 LANES OF TRAFFIC. WHAT ARE THE ODDS THAT THE OFFICER R.GUN READ ME OR ONE OF THE OTHER VEHICLES, HOW DO THEY KNOW THEY HAVE THE CORRECT VEHICLE. HOW ACCURATE ARE THE R.GUNS, HOW OFTEN ARE THEY CALIBRATED. LEADING TO THE QUESTIONS OF; 1] WHAT GROUNDS DO I USE TO CHALLENGE THE TICKET. I WAS TRAVELING AT 81MPH, THE OFFICER SAID 84MPH, AND I BELIEVE THAT THE VEHICLE TRAVELING TO MY LEFT WAS PROBABLY GOING THE 84MPH.

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