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One of my friends just got a speeding ticket for 84 in a 55. The state is North Carolina. The thing is that his speedometer is broken, not off, broken, it does not register speed at all. How might one use this to their advantage, especially to the tune of no insurance points?
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One of my friends just got a speeding ticket for 84 in a 55. The state is North Carolina. The thing is that his speedometer is broken, not off, broken, it does not register speed at all. How might one use this to their advantage, especially to the tune of no insurance points?
IF in a small county and IF he gets a work order that shows it fixed he might be able to get it reduced with a "faulty equipment". I would contact the county attorney from that county and explain the circumstances WELL BEFORE the court apperance date.

I doubt it could get removed, 29 OVER is a bit much to say you didn't realize you were blowing by traffic

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dunno about the US but in Oz its the drivers responsibility to make sure the speedo's working...
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Well this county is somewhat small. By the county attorney do you mean the prosecutor or a defender? But definately get his speedometer fixed before he goes to court?

The officer was apparently nice as he didn't give a wreckless driving or anything for not having his licence on him.

On average what would a lawyet charge and all of that?
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In Virginia a broken speedo can get you off if you provide evidence from a mechanic and resolve the issue before trial.
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So he was violating the law driving damaged car and that suppose to get him off the hook for speeding?
If two wrongs make it right, I want to hear it.
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dunno about the US but in Oz its the drivers responsibility to make sure the speedo's working...
Same here but I would not be surprised if it was MB responsibility in the US, the driver may be allowed to assume that the car is not moving at all if the speedo tells zero
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Having the speedometer fixed and calibrated AFTER he got written for the offense but BEFORE the court date, and requesting a meeting with the prosecutor MIGHT work, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

Getting caught and written for 29 over, dead to rights, there isn't much he could do in Court. The burden of proof is on the Prosecutor, but it should be a pretty easy one in this case.

Face it, in a Court or Jury trial for that, what possible defense would there be to get him off? A broken speedometer won't cut it. Traffic Court Judges have heard every excuse in the book, trust me on that.

And if the Cop doesn't show up, the Prosecutor can ask the Court for a continuance, so it's not a guarantee the Cop won't show.

And in many cases, the Cop gets paid overtime for just Coming to court anyway.
So probably he will be there.

Lawyers are expensive, so before hiring one, I'd consider the costs of one vs. the cost of higher insurance premiums if you either paid the fine and admitted guilt, or got convicted, after a trial. Then figure out if it is worth the money. To get a free Public Defender you are supposed to plead poverty (can't afford a lawyer)
in most states.

Didn't you say he had no driver's license on him when he got caugt? Sounds like he caught a break already

What's his record like? If he has no prior offenses, sometimes in some states you could go to traffic school, and prtevent the ticket from going on his record.

That should be the first possibility that he ought to look into.....

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Your friend will be getting a mail box full of solicitations from lawyers who will offer to "help." Take one of them up on their offer. They will charge you a hundred bucks, get the ticket reduced to faulty equipment and you won't have to even show up in court. Nothing on your record either assuming this is not a recurring event. They got me for 88 in a 70 and I ended up with faulty equipment.

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