Can you fight a speeding ticket in Wisconsin? Of course you can – but for some people, pleading “not guilty” to an offense means working with a Milwaukee traffic ticket attorney. You may be able to get a ticket dismissed.
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How to Fight a Speeding Ticket in Wisconsin
If you’re like many people, you can contest a speeding ticket. However, you do need to know that Wisconsin law treats speeding very seriously, and that the circumstances surrounding your ticket can affect the way a judge looks at it. For example, we have an “absolute speed limit” law. That means if you’re going even a few miles per hour over the speed limit, a police officer can pull you over and ticket you – and it can be really tough to fight that kind of ticket in court. (That’s why many people choose to work with an attorney.)
On the other hand, though, the police can ticket you for “imprudent speed,” and that’s more subjective.
What is Imprudent Speed, and How Can You Fight a Ticket for It?
In Wisconsin, you cannot “drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing.” That means if road conditions are less than perfect – such as when it’s raining or snowing – you have to slow down so you’re driving an “appropriate” speed. However, that can be subjective.
How Much Does a Speeding Ticket Cost in Wisconsin?
Speeding tickets can cost anywhere between $200 and $800, with some variation in both directions. When you pay for a ticket, which means you’re admitting guilt, you’re not just paying the fine. You’re also paying:
- Court support services fees
- Court costs
- Crime lab and drug assessment fees (for most tickets)
- Penalty assessment
- Jail assessment
- Justice information system fees
It’s about more than money, though. If you’re guilty of a speeding offense, you’ll get demerit points on your driver’s license – and if you get enough points, the state of Wisconsin can revoke your driver’s license.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About How to Fight a Speeding Ticket in Wisconsin?
If you’ve been hit with a speeding ticket, we may be able to help you. Call us at 414-383-6700 for a free case review now.