Can This Simple Letter Get You Out of Paying a Red-Light or Speeding Camera Ticket?
"You can swear and affirm it wasn't you -- that's simple. You don't have to rat somebody else out," Carter says.
Ratting out friends and family is something prosecutors offer to people who want to stay out of prison, but that game doesn't fly with photo-enforced traffic tickets, Carter explains.
"Most all of the traffic violation camera systems are invalid or void on their face according to our appellate court, so it would be pretty hard for them to offer immunity for something you're already immune to, so it's mostly just a policy at this point: 'you tell us it wasn't you, we'll let you go,'" he says.
"I think they're hoping 60 percent of the population will just pay so they don't get in any more trouble because they don't know."
For people who get one of these tickets, Carter recommends writing a letter -- but only if you keep on top of it.
"If your hope specifically is that someone there will understand what the legal landscape is and they'll dismiss it, then yes, send a letter," Carter says. "But if your hope is to send a letter and never think of the ticket again, then absolutely not."
Instead, Carter says to write a letter, cite the recent ruling of the district courts -- it doesn't have to be expertly-written, just something that explains photo-enforced camera tickets are still questionable, and follow-up until an answer is given.
"Send the letter, send it by certified mail and by snail mail, send it by email if you can, then call back in about 10 days to see if they've dismissed it," Carter says.
"But by no means in any way, shape or form, do you ignore the demands of that court for you to show up there."
There might be some confusion over the legality of photo-enforced traffic tickets, but not over arrest warrants for people who got a ticket but didn't show up to court.
"You don't want to get arrested while dropping your kids off at the skating rink," Carter says.
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