Writing a Speeding Ticket Appeal Letter [with Samples]

Speeding tickets can be very expensive. Along with the fine, your insurance rate may also increase, causing higher premiums for a few years at best. If you had not had any previous speeding tickets or not had one for three years, there is a good chance you can appeal the speeding ticket.

first step

The first step is to write a speeding ticket appeal letter. Even if you was speeding, there is still a chance you can have the ticket retracted or the fine reduced. You should be aware of your chances of getting the ticket retracted or the fine reduced. 

In most states, if the driver is five or 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, they may only get a warning from the police officer, or, if they are given a ticket, there is a better chance they can get it retracted or reduced.

However, if they are driving 75 mph in a 50 mph zone, there is a good chance they will be charged the maximum amount with no chance of retraction. The exception may be if the driver is taking a person to an emergency room at a hospital, or going to some other emergency.

Large Fines

Speeding tickets not only have large fines, they may also raise your insurance rates. In some cases, it may raise the premium by 25 percent according to nerdwallet.

Since requesting an appeal on a speeding ticket is asking for a favor, you must remember to be humble, and appreciate that the officer was doing his or her job properly. 

You can call the District Attorney’s Office or police station to get the information on how to address the letter. It should have a humble tone even if you are angry and feel the ticket was unfair.

Evidence

Any evidence that may help your case should be mentioned in the letter and, if possible, proof should be included. 

For example, if the speed limit sign is covered by plants or other signs, a photo should be taken and sent with the letter to prove it wasn’t possible for you to see the correct speed limit. If there is any chance that a radar gun or traffic camera was in error, it can be mentioned also. 

Some states have leniency programs for first offenders and infrequent offenders. If the driver qualifies for one of these programs, he or she has a good chance of getting the ticket voided. 

Sometimes, it requires a waiting period of six months, during which no speeding tickets must be received. If this is the case, the ticket will be erased. 

Employ a Lawyer

It is also possible to employ a lawyer who offers services for traffic violations. If the ticket will be very expensive and cause your insurance premiums to increase, it might be wise to hire a lawyer. However, in most cases, writing a speeding ticket appeal letter does not require the services of a lawyer.

Below is a sample speeding ticket appeal letter. It is written in formal business letter style and should be sent by certified mail with a request for proof of delivery. The letter should be brief while giving all of the important information.

Sample 1 – Speeding Ticket Appeal Letter

[Name of Driver]
[Address of Driver]
[City, State, Zip Code]

[DATE]

[Name of Judge]
[Address of Court]
[City, State, Zip Code]

RE: Appeal of speeding ticket number [NUMBER]

Dear [Name of Judge]:

This letter is a formal request to appeal a speeding ticket I received on [DATE]. My name and address are above and the ticket number is [NUMBER]. 

The license plate of my car is [NUMBER]. I received the ticket on [Name of Street] for [driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone].

I agree I was driving over the speed limit and that the officer was right to give me the ticket. I have driven that street for [15 years] and was not aware the speed limit had been lowered. 

The new speed limit sign is not easy to see as it is partially covered by the sign of a local restaurant. I have enclosed a photograph of the sign. 

This is my first speeding ticket as I am a very careful driver. I am sorry for having driven too fast and would never have done so if I had seen the new speed limit sign. 

I humbly request that the ticket be dismissed because it will cause my insurance premium to be raised, which I cannot afford. 

My younger brother and I are orphans, and I am raising him on my salary alone. I am willing to enroll in a defensive driving course if this will help with my request. 

Thank you for taking the time to consider my request to have the speeding ticket retracted. I can be reached at [Phone Number] or at [Email Address]. 

Sincerely,

[Signature of Driver]
[Printed Name of Driver]
List of Enclosures: [photos of the speed limit sign]

Sample 2 – Speeding Ticket Appeal Letter

[Name of Driver]
[Address of Driver]
[City, State, Zip Code]

[DATE]

[Name of Judge]
[Address of Court]
[City, State, Zip Code]

RE: Appeal of speeding ticket number [NUMBER]

Dear [Name of Judge]:

This letter is a formal request to appeal a speeding ticket I received on [DATE]. My name and address are above and the ticket number is [NUMBER]. 

The license plate of my car is [NUMBER]. I received the ticket on [Name of Street] for [driving 45 mph in a 35 mph zone].

I agree I was driving over the speed limit and that the officer was right to give me the ticket. I was taken my pregnant wife to the hospital and didn’t notice the speed limit.

This is my first speeding ticket as I am a very careful driver. I am requesting to have my speeding ticket dismissed or reduced to a non-moving violation. This would stop my insurance premium from increasing to non affordable level. 

Thank you for taking the time to consider my request to have the speeding ticket dismissed or reduced to a non-moving violation. I can be reached at [Phone Number] or at [Email Address]. 

Sincerely,

[Signature of Driver]
[Printed Name of Driver]
List of Enclosures: [Hospital Records]

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