How to Get Out of a Ticket (Especially a Ticket You Deserve)

I know what you’re thinking. “MC! Have you lost your mind?! Are you really going to tell people how they can get out of a traffic ticket?” I am. Surprised? Shocked? You should be. The information I am about to tell you could get me kicked out of the club I just made up.

Of all the questions I get asked and all the keyword research I’ve done, it seems the one thing most people want to know is:

How can I get out of a ticket?

In my most popular post from the past year, 5 Things to Never Say to a Motorcop, I gave you a peek into the mind of a motor. They weren’t things to avoid a ticket, mind you. They were things to avoid making your situation worse.

This time around, I’m going to lay it all out for you.

Without further ado, here are five simple things to increase your chances of getting out of a ticket:

  • Be polite – Seems like such a small thing right? I know it can be difficult, especially when we (the police) appear so curt. Keep in mind we’ve heard all the excuses you can give and been called all the names of which you can imagine. We tend to be curt because (at least in my experience) when a driver has a poor attitude, drawing out a conversation seldom leads to a positive outcome. If you want to flip the script on us and increase your odds of avoiding a ticket, this first step is HUGE.
  • Take responsibility – Blaming every other driver on the road is not only childish, but it serves to prove you require a lesson.  Typically, that lesson takes the form of the oft-maligned ticket. However, if you (politely, remember) say something akin to “Yup, totally my fault. I wasn’t paying attention.” That goes quite a long way to impress upon the officer your lesson has been learned without need of any further ticket-based education.
  • Refrain from using profanity (almost always) – You would think that would be both a no-brainer and relate directly to the first “be polite” point above. You are mostly right. There is a caveat, however. If, for example, when asked if you know why I stopped you, you reply, “Because I’m a !@%^’n idiot?”, that is an acceptable use of profanity and relates directly to the next point.
  • Have a sense of humor – Your average traffic officer conducts dozens of traffic stops every week. (Beat cops do dozens of stops every six months or so.) When the boots hit the ground, it tends to be a negative contact from the get go. If you can catch me off guard and elicit a chuckle? Your odds of avoiding a ticket skyrocket. The example I used above about profanity actually happened to me. I laughed like crazy and told the kid to slow down. He was gob smacked…but he went home without a ticket.
  • Stop making excuses. Remember, we’ve heard it all before. Although I’m sure you need to pee really, really, really bad, you are a grown man and/or woman (no judging here) and have the ability to hold your water. Avoiding excuses goes hand-in-hand with the second point about taking responsibility. If you are making excuses, you are not taking responsibility and making things worse for yourself.

See that? Five simple things that will vastly increase your chances of not receiving a ticket. There isn’t some magic phrase or ritual to which you must adhere in order to avoid getting that point on your license.

It truly is as simple as 1. being and adult and 2. owning your mistake.

Don’t say I never gave you nothing!

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12 thoughts on “How to Get Out of a Ticket (Especially a Ticket You Deserve)

  1. The only thing I can add to that is pull over immediately and/or as soon as it is safe. The police who have stopped me seemed to like that.

  2. I’ve only ever been pulled over once (knock on wood). It was late at night and the road was clear, and since I didn’t feel like driving all the way around again, I made a left turn out of a parking lot I shouldn’t have. Of course I got stopped. Now, working in LE, I’m sure I was given mostly professional courtesy being let off. But I also think my attitude and actions were a large factor. Even being the driver, I was in the officer’s boots. I immediately turned on my interior lights and still asked for permission to reach for my glove box. I, yes, even made the officer laugh at one point. People need to realize they talk themselves into a ticket more than out of one.

  3. Once. Note that I can count how many times I’ve been pulled over on one hand, and I don’t have to use my thumb.

    It was the early 1980s. I don’t think I was quite 20. I was traveling eastward through PA on I-80 somewhere in the middle of the state, on our way to NYC. At the time you could go for many miles before you found a rest stop, let alone an exit that had any conveniences, even a gas station. I had two friends with me, both female.

    Speed limit was then 55, thanks to recent government shenanigans. I was going about 65. In the middle of nowhere, a state trooper appears and pulls me over.

    The trooper looked old enough to be my grandfather. (Remember: I was 20. Ahh, youth.) He came up and before saying anything peered around the car. Took in three young women, cans of diet soda pop, an open bag of potato chips, and the boogie box in someone’s lap, so we could listen to music. It was mid-December and half of the backseat was loaded with presents for our various families. He asked for the usual paperwork, which I gave him. He said, “Wait here” and went back to his car.

    Ten nerve-wracking minutes later he came up with something for me to sign. It was a written warning. It said I’d been timed going 61 MPH and that if I kept my nose clean for 6 months it would be wiped from my record.

    I’d never heard of such a thing, or since heard of anyone getting one. When I got home I showed it to my parents. My dad thought it was hilarious but my mom was quite pissed off at me.

  4. I was an EMT for over 2 decades and spent a fair amount of time working with and BS’ing with LEOs. All of this is true, I even advise the officer if I need to retrieve something from the console or glove box, I tell them what I am doing first, then do it. Hands on the wheel (not easy when you’re Italian) and yes, be nice, even if you get that ticket. Unless you’re really into being tazed…. LOL

  5. Knew all of that already, but I still subscribe to the basic theory of “if you don’t break the law, you won’t be pulled over”. (I know, novel…)

  6. I have been pulled over for speeding more times than I care to admit (not extreme speeding, mind you, more along the lines of 10-15 over the posted speed limit), and gotten my share of citations, but being polite, courteous, and remorseful has allowed me a warning on several occasions. It doesn’t hurt that I have a pretty good sense of humor, though. 🙂

  7. I’ve been a LEO wife for 25 years, and I get pulled over a few times a year, almost always for speeding. I *never* tell them and I leave it up to CLETS. I do all of the above and most of the time I’d rather take the ticket than the “

  8. stupid enter key… than hear the “I know you know better” I always know is coming, usually followed by “wait til I tell coroner dude I stopped his wife!” if I’m in his county. That’s how I get out of tickets, but really it’s a huge leap to take to marry a cop if that’s the perk you’re looking for..

  9. For a future post, I’d like to hear about the most creative ways you’ve seen people try to get out of a ticket (tears, cleavage, etc).

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